Wild Country Zero Cams
As a company dedicated to meeting then beating the standards of the day the Zeros project was the essential first part of our 21st century overhaul.
This overhaul was dedicated to making the lightest gear possible. Inspired by the new era of speed ascents in the Valley by the Hubers, Dean Potter, Leo Houlding and the new wave of uber-difficult clean-aid routes others we felt that the time was ripe for the original cam company to make its contribution. Talking to our guys 'on the ground' and plenty of retailers we tried to figure was missing from the rack - what tools could make the difference? Something that could advance tiny 'clean' placements, that was so light it was no burden to carry, that was so flexible at the head it wouldn't lever out or break the placement?
For all of these questions there seemed one obvious solution and the Zeros project was born. A success from day one these incredible cams have a combination of features that makes us sure that Zeros are 'clever' enough and strong enough to satisfy the demands of cutting edge climbers for the ultimate tool in their quest for more and more extreme adventures.The smallest and lightest cams ever made, Zero Friends were designed without compromise; flexible, strong and reliable, they are perfect for free or aid climbing and essential kit on every hardcore rack.
Sizes Z1 & Z2 are the short stem version.
Size - these new Friends would take cams to a new level to the point where incredibly the smallest would go where a fat knifeblade would fit.
Flexibility - New technology was developed to provide climbers with total stem flexibility and complete control.
Control - We realised flexibility is of limited use without the control, but we acheived positive directional control of the cams through an innovative combination of flexible springs and guides.
Versatility - To complete the design of these exceptional micro-cams, they needed to work Trad and Aid and be able to be subject to the rigours of wall after wall - or fall after fall. They did.
Lightness - Reducing components, re-evaluating and going beyond the boundaries of current camming technology, created a range of cams lighter and more compact than anything previously imagined. A complete set (6 pieces) weighs 9.5oz (268gm) - little more than a single Technical Friend 4.
Headsize - The headwith of the Zeros 3 - 6 is narrower than their equivalent Friends so they go places Friends don't.
Dyneema Sling - The 10mm dyneema that Zeros come with is doubled over so immediately extendable without needing a quickdraw and is incredibly light.