A couple of years ago we decided to expand our cam range by producing a single stem design with a dual axle. A simple enough proposal you might think, but not if you want to make a cam that would stand head and shoulders above the rest.
The main advantage of the single stem design with two axles is that it allows a greater range for each camming unit. We have kept Ray Jardine’s original 13.75° constant camming angle, which gives the perfect balance between holding power and range. The benefits of this increased range are obvious, but we knew we could push things to another level by focusing on other aspects of the design.
By introducing the hot forging process for the cam lobes (in sizes 1 to 6) we were able to produce a highly sophisticated shape in A6082 alloy for the added bite, and make significant weight savings.
We have used strong springs to make the cam sit more securely, it also means they are more resistant to being pulled out of slippy placements and the potential for ‘walking’ is reduced.
Regardless of all these technical advantages, the really amazing thing is how these cams feel in your hands. In terms of handling qualities and ease of use Dragon Cams are a true revelation.
Part of that is down to the patented lightweight forged thumb grip. The grip and trigger combination sits perfectly in the hand. Even when you’re really pumped, or wearing full winter gloves it handles like a dream. It also incorporates the double extendable 8mm Dyneema sling which means you only need one biner for each cam placement – another significant weight saving.
We pulled out all the stops to produce this is beautiful piece of kit and it really shows. The Dragon Cams are a perfect blend of strength, lightness and function; put simply they are a joy to use.
“I went up to Clogwyn Du on Saturday with Streaky and he pulled a set of the Dragon Cams out of his bag and we used them for the rest of the day. I was amazed at how light they were, but also how easy they were to use, even with mountaineering gloves on.”
“I’ve never come across a cam that was so easy to handle. Match them with a set of lightweight wire gates and nuts and you’ve got an extremely light rack – I’m definitely getting a set of these beauties!”
– Simon Panton, Editor of northwalesbouldering.com
- A lightweight single stem cam with dual axles.
- Special thumb grip and trigger bar for easy handling
- Hot forged cam lobes to reduce weight
- A6082 cam lobes for added bite
- Original 13.75° camming angle
- 14kN in passive position (sizes 1-6)
- Fitted with extendable 8mm Dyneema slings
- Colour coded to help you make a speedy identification