Alien Cams - Alien - Cam

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Attributes & features
Aluminum cam lobes; Steel cable; rubber coating on the loop
1/3; 3/8; 1/2; 3/4; 7/8; 1
64 g (Size 1/3) - 84 g (Size 1)
Breaking load:
5 kN (Size 1/3) - 10 kN (Size 1)
Cam lobes:
4 cam lobes
single stem (flexible)
Dyneema sling
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Product description
One of the most popular cams in Yosemite Valley - the Alien Cam has an enthusiastic fan base of big-wall and trad climbers. The Alien Cams were originally produced and distributed by the American firm CCH (Colorado Custom Hardware). After the death of their inventor David Wagoneer, the cams disappeared from the shelves for some time. That is, until the Spanish hardware specialist Techrock bought the patent and reissued the cams.
Their popularity is due to their numerous practical features. The springs, are integrated into the lobes of the cam-head, which allows the head to be exceptionally narrow. This means the that Alien Cams can fit into even the smallest spaces, like holes, pockets or seams. It is for this reason that they are in great demand on Bigwall routes with technical climbing passages. The smallest sizes are suitable only for technical climbing and are not considered adequate for stopping lead-climbing falls.
Another important detail is the highly flexible stem, which means that the Alien Cam will always be loaded in the right direction. This construction, in combination with the long Dyneema sling, also prevents the cam from slipping in a crevice.
The Cam lobes are made of relatively soft aluminium, which grips especially well in rocks. The steel stem is furnished with textile abrasion protection on the front, which prevents damage to the cables.

Technical details (Range / weight / Breaking load):
Alien 1/3 (8-14mm / 64g / 5kN)
Alien 3/8 (10-17mm / 68g / 6kN)
Alien 1/2 (13-22mm / 70g / 7kN)
Alien 3/4 (15-25mm / 80g / 9kN)
Alien 7/8 (17-30mm / 77g / 10kN)
Alien 1.0 (20-33mm / 84g / 10kN)
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In manchen Situationen unschlagbar!

Ich habe einige Aliens seit mehreren Jahren im Einsatz. Vorallem auf alpinen Touren bei denen der Fels zweifelhaft ist, kenne ich nichts besseres. Durch die weichen Alu-Segmente beissen sich die Aliens auch noch in flachen Löchern im Kalk oder in nach aussen weiter werdenden Rissen fest, bei denen andere Friends nicht mehr funktionieren. Der kompakte Kopf und das sehr flexible Kabel tragen ebenso dazu bei, dass schlechte Placements genutzt werden können. Für schöne parallele Risse funktionieren sie natürlich auch, da finde ich persönlich aber z.B. die Dragon Cams von DMM besser. Zwei Nachteile haben die Aliens: das weiche Alu der Klemmsegmente nutzt sich im Vergleich schneller ab, ausserdem haben die Segmente keine Anschlagpunkte nach oben, d.h. die Geräte können nicht als passive Sicherung (d.h. wie ein Klemmkeil) eingesetzt werden.

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