How do twin axle cams compare to single axle models?

How do twin axle cams compare to single axle models?

Laurelle Fridtjof's picture
By Laurelle Fridtjof | Jul 21st 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Nov 4th 2015
Hi Laurelle, There are a few differences in the designs, chief among them are that double axle designs have a greater expansion range but they are usually a little heavier too. The trigger action of both design of cam is also slightly different. If you are thinking to buy your first set of cams but are unsure which type to get, maybe you can borrow each type from your friends to find out which you prefer Another interesting feature of some twin-axle cams is that they can, in theory, be placed passively. There aren't many times when doing this would be preferable to placing a nut or hex, however, if placing a cam into a crack that widens as it gets deeper this ability could help calm your nerves. Please carefully check the manufacturers guidelines before you try this to make sure that it is safe to do so with your cams. Hope that helps, Dave

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