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Ultralight TCU
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Ultralight TCU

Ultralight TCU

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Ultralight TCU

Manufacturer: Metolius

Your Opinion: 
 - 2 Votes


Page By: Dan Dalton

Created/Edited: May 18, 2007 / May 18, 2007

Object ID: 3229

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Product Description

TCUs are great for both alpine and free climbing where weight is a critical factor. Aid climbers also love 'em because their narrow head width allows them to fit so many placements that other cams won't, like shallow seams, pockets and pin scars. Now with the Range Finder feedback system, they are easier and safer to place than ever! The stainless steel, U-shaped body offers greater durability than single-stem units and unparalleled control during placement and retraction. As with all Metolius cams, the design is focused on holding power. Metolius TCUs are a must-have for any climber's rack!
By going direct to the axle (D.A.T.) we have made the world’s best selling mini cam even lighter and more versatile. This new technology makes our TCU’s the lightest units in the world, opens up a myriad of placement options and makes placement easier. The design is focused on holding power, and we do this with our optimized cam angle for more outward force and wider cam faces for more grip. The Range Finder system makes them easier and safer to place than ever. A must have piece for free climbing, aid routes and alpine climbing.


• Narrow head width for the most placement options.
• Direct Axle Technology makes Ultralight TCUs the lightest cams units in the world.
• DAT allows for more placement options in shallow, narrow, or bottoming placements.
• DAT makes tricky placements easier due to better cam lobe visibility, especially in the small sizes.
• 13 mm Dyneema slings are lighter and less bulky.
• Ranger Finder tells you at a glance if you've chosen the right size cam for the placement.
• Greater Holding Power! read more>>
• Optimized cam angle for more outward force
• Wider cam faces for more grip
• U-shaped body for greater durability & unparalleled control during placement and retraction
• Machined cam stops
• Color-coded sewn slings and tubing
• CNC machined for much greater precision than stamped or extruded cams
• 7075 T-6 aluminum
• CE certified



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Tsuyoshireliable and lightweight!

Voted 5/5

i use the #1-#3. I'm not big into aid climbing so I've never had a reason to buy any smaller than #1. I use the #2 all the time... it's a standard part of my rack. TCUs are incredibly lightweight, especially paired with a camp nano 23. The triggers have been reduced to almost nothing, but are still completely functional. For the size range i use of these pieces, they are my favorite, even over aliens (which can freeze in the cold) and master cams (too heavy).
Posted Feb 23, 2009 4:32 am

NCclimberGreat variability

Voted 5/5

When no other piece will go in that tiny space, the TCU will fit right in. It would be nice if the head was a little less wide, but a good set on 3 points gives great protection. They are lightweight, easy to place, and I use them all the time.
Posted Apr 1, 2009 1:50 pm

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