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Object Title: TCU

Manufacturer: Metolius

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 - 7 Votes


Page By: GuitarWIzard

Created/Edited: Jun 11, 2002 / Jun 11, 2002

Object ID: 360

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Newly-engineered 3-cam design increases the holding power and load distribution on the rock

Comprehensive size range with generous overlaps between sizes allows you to carry fewer pieces to cover your bases
Durable, flexible, stainless-steel cable body with long-wearing teflon trigger slides are lightweight, strong and allow easy placement
Split-wire triggers with knurled trigger bars allow you to use 1, 2 or 3 fingers or even gloved hands
Thick, 1/4"-wide cams of super-durable 7075-T6 aluminum feature logarithmic spiral for better holding power throughout the cam's active range
Radiused teeth increase cam durability and holding power
Bar-tacked nylon slings are color-coded for quick, easy identification
Available in 6, see specifications listed below for model
# / range / strength / weight / color:
00 / 8.9-13.5mm / 4.44kN / 56.6g / silver
0 / 10.2-15.2mm / 4.44kN / 59.43g / purple
1 / 12.7-19.1mm / 8.89kN / 65.09 / blue
2 / 15.2-22.9mm / 8.89kN / 70.75 / yellow
3 / 19.1-27.9mm / 13.33kN / 82.07 / orange
4 / 22.9-34.3mm / 13.33kN / 90.56 / red

Made in USA.



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miztflipUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

For the price I had rather have Aliens. I don't particularly care for the three lobe design and although it might have been my placement, this is the only piece I've had pull on a fall in solid rock.

I have to admit that I do spend alot of time on sandstone where long spliter cracks allow for easy placement of 4 lobe units.

The TCU does however come in handy in shallow cracks where you may only have two lobes in.
Posted Jun 26, 2002 5:46 pm

bigwallyUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

The Metolius TCU's led the Industry, nearly 20 years ago !! and they continue to demonstrate themselves to be Leaders in Design and Funcion. The right math, gives them the best grab and holding power available. The narrow head width allows placements in the shallowest of cracks or seams. Double cables and clever trigger bar allow plenty of room for fingers, or even gloves, for easy placement and removal. The Teflon, or whatever they are, trigger slides insure smooth action and they seem quite resistant to abuse and damage. The sizings are a bit different....but they do allow alot of size overlap...which is Very Good !!!! I just Love these things !!!! ....and only wish that they made "Hybrids"
Posted Jan 26, 2003 10:52 am

b.Untitled Review

Voted 5/5

These are some of my favorite pieces. They fit into shallow cracks and funky pockets better than aliens (except the hybrids), and the handling is easier, as well. I have taken a leader fall on the #1 TCU and now it is my favorite! Aliens have their place, and these things do too. I like the smaller size range better than the larger ones. I carry TCU's up to the #4 and use other cams for larger placements.
Posted Sep 30, 2003 11:15 am

cushmanSmall Sizes are Great!

Voted 5/5

These flush out my rack on the small end, I have Camalots for the bigger pieces, but the TCU's are perfect for small pockets and placements where nothing else will fit. They are easy to maintain and seem to hold their shape better than a lot of other cams.
Posted Dec 7, 2007 3:16 pm

Brian CSolid

Voted 5/5

At first I wasn't so sure. The lower price and lightweight got me to buy a few of the smaller sizes. After a few trips I grab for these right away! They fit in narrow and shallow cracks and hold better than you would ever imagine. These are a perfect compliment to C4s on your rack.
Posted Jun 20, 2010 2:17 pm

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