Rated 5 out of
Wide Range Comes In HandyI love the OP link cams because of the wide range of application. Also, they are color coded to match BD's C4s, so I know what I have left on my rack when I look down to grab a piece.
I usually carry a full set of C4s with sometimes doubles of #3 and above depending on the size of the crack. I usually also carry one or two sets of OP link cams depending on the length of the route, how difficult the route is and whether I have to build my own anchor. I sometimes also carry a .5 link cam and .75 link cam on bolted routes where there are long runouts between bolts and potentially a crack where I can add my own gear for extra protection.
The only downside is that it is difficult to examine the integrity of the placement in a crack if you use the second or third lobes because the first lobes block most of the line of sight. Therefore, you should be very good at placing gear before using the OP link cams.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of
Philip Hoffman from
Life SaverLink cams can be fantastic when you quickly need to get a cam in and you're not sure of the exact size. They've saved my bacon at the end of a long climb. I like to keep them for the end if possible, since they are so versatile.
They can be a little trickier to place, so please be sure to understand how to place them (ie, not horizontal and watch for equally engaged lobes.) Not a good beginner cam, but fantastic once you've got the basics down.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 4 out of
GreatI bought this as my first piece of active pro, for use in protecting runout sport/mixed routes. It has served its purpose well.
Now it rests on my trad rack amongst my other cams, as a backup in case I need a size that I've already placed back down the line. Handy little piece, but I'm not going to invest in a whole rack of them.