The Link Cam is a revolutionary concept from the legendary Greg Lowe and operates on the simple design that a cam lobe can be trisected and linked so that as the cam is retracted, the lobe unfolds and permits an amazing range for a unit of its size.
That extended range means you can leave the ground with fewer pieces on your rack. No more doubling up on pieces you think you “might” need if you’re unsure where, exactly, you’ll need doubles of one particular piece.
Mechanically-speaking, Link Cams are as innovative as the concept behind their design. Built with a hybrid blend of materials and advanced MIM process, Link Cams are the most sophisticated and modern camming devices in the world.
The two, inner links on each lobe unit are built with a very new (and very expensive) process known as Metal-Injection- Moulding which permits Omega to create detailed, precision pieces—like casting—with the strength of machined parts and are made from 17-4 aircraft stainless steel. The outer link is machined from 7000-series aluminium alloy.
mm / inch
grams / ounces
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mm / inch
|OPLC050||Link Cam #.5||13.5 - 35.0 / .53 - 1.38||8 kN||95 / 3.35||164 / 6.47||46 / 1.81|
|OPLC075||Link Cam #.75||17.8 - 44.5 / .70 - 1.75||10 kN||113 / 4.0||169.8 / 6.68||48.8 / 1.92|
|OPLC1||Link Cam #1||21.1 - 53.3 / .83 - 2.10||14 kN||176 / 6.2||171 / 6.75||63 / 2.48|
|OPLC2||Link Cam #2||25.4 - 64 / .96 - 2.51||14 kN||207 / 7.3||191 / 7.51||63 / 2.48|
Here are a few more pointers from Omega:
- Assess the overall placement for quality of the rock. Dense, solid stone makes for better placements, generally. Flaky, loose rock or expanding flakes should be avoided, whenever possible.
- Attempt to place cams so that there is maximum contact between the lobes and the feature, ensuring that the load is as equally distributed as possible between all four lobesets.
- Place cams so that they are neither “tipped out” nor “overcammed” as either instance can make the placement less stable or difficult to remove. As a general rule, deploy Link Cams so they are within 70% of their maximum range and 10% of their minimum, fully-retracted position.
- Clip a carabiner and a longer sling to the sewn sling on wandering routes or under roofs to prevent the cams from “walking.”
- Be sure to anticipate direction of load, should you fall or weight the cam. This is particularly important with Link Cams, due to their unique construction. Since they are built using trisected cam lobes, Link Cams can become damaged—and the placement may fail—if a load is placed that makes the cam “shift” when a climber falls onto it. We are constantly researching ways to improve the strength and durability of Link Cams, but it is critical that Link Cams be placed with direction of load in mind. You should always place any removable protection with this principle in mind, of course, but Link Cams in particular should be placed so that the stem is aimed directly toward the ground and, when loaded, the position of the axle does not rotate during a fall or when bounce-testing. Although Link Cams’ flexible stems can help “correct” a less-than-ideal placement, it is still important that the initial placement be made in proper alignment with anticipated load.
- Visually inspect every placement before relying on it! This is an excellent discipline regardless of which piece of gear you use, but with Link Cams, proper placement is crucial to maximizing safety and effectiveness. Placing a piece “blind” can often lead to an improperly-placed cam and may not be reliable. If a Link Cam is not able to be placed properly, in direction of anticipated load, select another piece.
- CE/UIAA certified and made in the USA
|UPC / Barcode||821273579013|
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Each to their ownBy: Muzz on 13 June 2011A good conversation starter at the crag, but, I had it down as four stars originally then after comparing it side by side to various C4's, well :( I'd take it along as a back up for my 0.75, 1 & 2 Black Diamond's or as a "panic cam". Haven't fallen on it yet but it does hold well and looks trust worthy when placed. The stiff stem, single axle and thumb grip let it down.
Time to upgradeBy: jim on 25 October 2010When my new Link Cams arrived in the mail I took the time to them before use.upon first glance you can see the cams to be well-made after all Omega Pacific makes good gear. by working the trigger, they feel exceptionally well-made, like a rollex watch. No slop , no hitches as the cams retracted, smooth as, but with a solid feel. In the short of things me black diamond cams went in the bin and now its omega pacific all the way.