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Camp ver. A Camp ver. B Shell Lotus
Camp ver. A Camp ver. B Shell Lotus

Overview


Camp, Version A (#717)

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Technical Details

I acquired this Camp from Jeejo Climbing in 1999.

This Camp belay tube is forged from 6082-T6 aluminum. Mine is 53 mm. long, 46 mm. wide, 101 mm. high, and weighs 46 g. The slots are 33 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 15 mm. below the ends of the slots.

One side of is stamped "CAMP ITALY."

Comments

This Camp belay tube has thicker walls than some of its competitors, so it should last longer before wearing out. The cord keeper makes it easy to stash the Camp in a pocket, but I can almost guarantee that in use, the keeper will get caught between the rope and the carabiner and in the case of a fall, it will melt through. Plan on occasionally replacing the keeper.


Camp, Version B (#1691)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Camp, Version B from Chloe Reeder in 2010.

Version B is forged from aluminum alloy and hard anodized. Mine is 46 mm. long, 53 mm. wide, 105 mm. high, and weighs 60 g. The slots are 33 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 16 mm. below the ends of the slots.

The front is printed with "CAMP" and "06 09."

Comments

This Camp belay tube has thicker walls than some of its competitors, so it should last longer before wearing out. The wire keeper is stifff enough to help avoid being destroyed by the climbing rope.

The maroon tape in the photos was added by the previous owner.


Camp Lotus (#867)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Camp Lotus from Walkhigh Mountaineering in 2007.

The Camp Lotus is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and the polished. Mine is 47 mm. long, 65 mm. wide, 107 mm. high, and weighs 103 g. The is a double sided belay tube with two slots. O the top, each slot has a ribbed V-groove at each end. The slots are 34 mm. long and 13 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 23 mm. below the ends of the slots.

The Lotus can be inverted for use without the V-grooves coming into play. It has a plastic-covered cable keeper formed into a loop that sits between the two grooves, passing through two small holes. One hole is crimped to retain the cable; the other allows the cable to slide.

One side of the Lotus is etched with "Lotus," "7.6≤ø≤11 mm," and "01 06." The other side is etched with "CAMP."

Comments

The Lotus has V-grooves at each end of the slots. This does not really increase friction as much as one might expect, since only the grooves on the training end come much into play. More important is the shape of the V-grooves; they are deep and narrow, more like those on the Trango Jaws (and equivalents) than on the, say, Black Diamond ATC-XP or Wild Country VC Pro.

The Lotus is reversible in the sense that one can use it with the V-grooves up, or disable them by placing the V-grooves against the carabiner. In the latter position, it performs much like a standard belay tube. The slots are abnormally deep, which help provide more friction and better thermal performance.

The keeper is only crimped in place on one side of the body, so it can be pulled through to one side or the other, depending on whether one is using the V-grooves or not. The keeper is flexible and there is some chance that it will get caught between the rope and the carabiner, where the plastic cover will melt through in the case of a fall.

The Lotus has much thicker walls than most of its competitors, so it should last longer before wearing out. The Camp Lotus is heavy for a belay tube (roughly double a typical weight), but the extra mass helps it absorb heat better, and the double V-grooves provide a larger surface areas for radiating heat away.

Overall, I like the Lotus, and give it two stars.


Camp Shell (#760)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Camp Shell from K&R Adventure Gear in 2001.

The Camp Shell is forged from 6082-T6 aluminum and then painted. Mine is 52 mm. long, 46 mm. wide, 24 mm. high, and weighs 60 g. The slots are 33 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 15 mm. below the ends of the slots. The Shell has a stiff, plastic covered, cable keeper.

One side of the shell is marked "CAMP" and "ITALY."

Comments

The Camp Shell is a fairly standard ATC-type belay tube with a cable keeper. The shell is slightly larger than the older Camp belay tube described above (Version A). The walls are thicker as well, providing more room for wear.