The Best New Cams From OutDoor 2015
2015 was hardly a banner year in terms of 'new' pieces of climbing protection, but a lot of the big brands did make important updates to the design of their cams and Black Diamond unveiled an extremely impressive lightweight design.
Wild Country weren't the only brand making updates and while the Dragon Cam has gone through less of an overhall than the Friend, there were some key updates to the DMM's ever-popular design. The key areas of change come at opposite ends of the cam with alterations to the thumb press and the cam lobes.
At the thumb press, DMM have sought to make the design more ergonomic with a sharper curve added to the press and deeper grooves machined into it for improved grip.
However, the more startling change to the design comes at the lobes which as you can see from the picture above, are wider on the newer model (right) than on the older model dragons (left). This provides more contact area when the cam is placed and increases the chances of finding a successful placement in slippier or softer rock types. Another obvious change is the loss of anodisation on the lobe surface which have also been CNC'd to provide more bite points. Both of these changes combine to produce a cam that is less inclined to walk in its placement and less inclined to slip when a load is placed onto it in a fall.
Thanks to Weigh My Rack for the use of the old/new Dragon Cam comparison image.
To learn more about all of the latest gear from OutDoor 2015, you can check out our series page.