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Wild Country Zero Friend 0.4 Cam

Zero Friend 0.4

Rating

My vote: None ( 5.3 avg )

Description

Introducing the new Zeros for solid holding power in small placements. The ultimate weapon for thin cracks, pockets or pin scars on cutting-edge climbs and extreme adventures.

  • Narrow Head
  • High-Friction Machined Cam Faces
  • Stem Protection With Spring
  • Armoured Metal Plates
  • Effective Flexible Stem
  • Ergonomic Floating Trigger Design
  • Strong Lightweight Design
  • Ergonomic Thumb Loop

Retail price

US$ 79.95

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Weight (g / oz)

Weight (g / oz)

In grams and ounces, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.

71.0 g / 2.49 oz
Cam Head 4 lobes, single axle
Offset No offset
Stem Flexible single stem
Sling ­x10 mm Dyneema (double sling loop)
Camming Angle 17.60° (angle is consistent throughout)
Active Strength 9 kN
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Cam Range (mm / in)

Cam Range (mm / in)

In millimeters and inches, the maximum dimensions of the cam lobes when shut tight and fully extended. Since the "usable" range is so debatable, all manufacturers now list the full dimensions to avoid selling themselves short.

For offset cams, we'll list the max dimensions possible and then afterwards list each of lobe dimensions.

15.8 - 26.0 mm  (0.62 - 1.02 in) ­
Materials ­
Certification CE, EN

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Climbing Gear Review no rating given just a review

Unlike some competitors which use plastic to save weight, the trigger, cable sleeve and, well, everything is metal on the Zeros except the tube housing the cable where the sling attaches. Across a set, they are not the lightest cams on the market (on average 6-8 grams heavier than some of the lightest), nor the heaviest (can be 20 grams lighter than others), but somewhere in the middle. Lighter is not better, y’all. As with most cams, the range doesn’t easily stack up tit for tat, but, for instance, when set against the BD Z4s, because the Zeros are single axle, the range is a tad less; but again, it depends, since the BD .75’s range is .91-1.66 inches, whereas the Zero range is 1-1.58, yet for the .1, the two brands have essentially the same range.

Outdoor Gear Lab Gear Review rating 5/5

The Wild Country Zero Friends are, in our opinion, the best version of the "Alien" style camming devices, which include a long trigger sheath and cam springs recessed inside the lobes. They match up sizes and colors to many other popular small cams, so are easy to integrate into the rack, and have a nice wide range that makes them easy to place. We think they are ideal for free climbing, and would be a worthy addition to almost any traditional climber's rack.

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