Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Aliens
Manufacturer Colorado Custom
Page By GuitarWIzard
Page Type Jun 11, 2002 / Jun 11, 2002
Object ID 9036
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Internal springs allow these 4-cam units to fit in the width of most 3-cam units, yet offer more camming surface area

Single-stem design allows flexibility and control for deeper, more stable placements; use around corners, over edges and in deep pockets
Cams of 6061 T-6 aluminum alloy and axles of hardened stainless steel make Aliens super-strong and durable
Aluminum handles and pullers, plus webbing tube sheaths over the stems improve trigger action and reduce wear
Quality computer-controlled machining combined with quality silver-brazed connections create dependable, durable units
Sewn-on color-coded nylon sling simplifies racking
Available in 7 sizes, see specifications listed below for size = range / strength / weight / color:
3/8 = 9.7 - 16.5mm / 9.3kN / 64g / blue
1/2 = 13.5 - 22.1mm / 11.6kN / 65g / green
3/4 = 15.2 - 26.9mm / 12.9kN / 75g / yellow
1 = 19.3 - 34mm / 12.9kN / 80g / red
1-1/2 = 26.1 - 41.4mm / 15.6kN / 110g / orange
2 = 30.5 - 49.5mm / 15.6kN / 122g / violet
2-1/2 = 35.5 - 59.7mm / 15.6kN / 139g / white

Made in USA.


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Bill Ott - Jun 26, 2002 2:15 pm - Voted 5/5

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While aiding the C2 pitch on Lost Arrow Spire a piece popped out, and the next lower piece, a .5 Alien with only (two) lobes in a well worn and flared pin scar, held. Aliens have my vote for reliable and rugged.

miztflip - Jun 26, 2002 5:40 pm - Voted 5/5

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I use aliens for all my small camming pieces on both aid and free climbs. They are very durable and easy to place. I like the flexible stem for awkward placements. They have my vote for the best small camming devices.

TodoVertical - Nov 3, 2002 7:00 am - Voted 5/5

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The have been the key to our goals for years. Work better than anything in holes and limestone.

bigwally - Jan 26, 2003 10:38 am - Voted 5/5

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Aliens are a very versitile and functional tool; flexible stem, high test strength, narrow width, great holding power and smooth action. They also sem to be highly resistant to abuse and damage. The three smallest sizes I can highly recommend as some of the best made.!!!!!

NYC007 - Sep 15, 2003 5:06 pm - Voted 5/5

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LOve them, smoother than zeros and easier to place then tcu's. Other then clogging when dirty (which should get that dirty!!) Have no complaints, camming range is the best amongst the smaller cams..

Erik Beeler - Nov 30, 2004 11:28 am - Voted 5/5

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I have a full set of these and love them. The flexible stem is the best part about them allowing you to put them into less than perfect placements. The first time I had to do this was on Petit Grepon and the flexible stem allowed me to use a placement that I would have had to pass by.

They are also some of, if not the lightest camming units around so they will help your rack weight out too.

Steve Larson - Feb 4, 2005 9:25 pm - Voted 4/5

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Okay, these are good cams, but I have yet to find a cam that has it all: good range, flexibility, light weight, strength, holding power, etc. My major issue with Aliens is that the cables that pull them back aren't fixed, meaning the cams have a tendency to rotate away from a symmetrical rest position. That means I've had to fiddle with putting the lobes of the cam back into place before placing them. This may be an advantage for certain types of climbing, but not for the climbs I've used them on.

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