DMM is showcasing its latest range of products at the OutDoor 2015 trade show in Friedrichshafen, taking place from July 15 - 18th.
The eye-catching next generation Dragon Cams are on show for the first time. Following in-depth testing, in the lab and the field, together with user feedback, DMM has taken the holding power of the original 2010 Dragon Cam to a new level. Think of it as a Dragon Cam with added bite. The camming angle stays the same and marine grade alloy is used as before but with refinements that include:
- Raw aluminium lobe surface for better performance in slick rock such as smooth limestone (anodising retained on side of lobes for colour coding).
- TripleGrip surface area (patented) with more 'bite points' for increased holding power and reduced 'walking'.
- Increased surface area contact for improved performance in softer rock.
- Increased lobe width also means greater resistance to bending forces generated by irregular placements.
- More compact stitching pattern on Dynatec sling system (patented).
- New thumb press for better ergonomics.
Likewise, the single axle Demon Cams have also had their anodising removed to maximise holding power in slick rock plus changes have been made to the thumb press and extendable sling for improved ergonomics. The different range/sizing, compared to their dual-axle counterparts, is useful for covering those ‘between-size’ cracks. The new cams will be available in February 2016.
For a more in-depth look at cam anatomy and the 2016 Dragon and Demon Cam range see pages 10 - 13 of the Highlights 2015/16 magazine.
DMM's new dynamic rope range will also be available early in 2016. The Crux 9.1 mm is DMM's thinnest single rope and with triple certification can be used on its own, in half-rope or twin systems. Its versatility together with its UIAA Dry stamp of approval means it is likely to be popular with instructors and guides. Two half-ropes, the Couloir 8.0 mm and Pitch 8.5 mm, plus the do-it-all premium single rope, the Orbit 9.6 mm also pass the UIAA water repellency test. All of the range undergoes a complex heat treatment, referred to as ThermoControl, to optimise the handling characteristics.
The Statement 10.0 mm and Zone 9.8 mm single ropes, along with the Super Big Jim 10.5 mm designed for wall use, complete the range.
A totally new addition to the DMM line-up of products is the Vault (patent pending) for racking ice screws and tools. Made of metal to maximise torsional rigidity it is available with a wire gate or locking gate. The latter prevents accidental opening and provides greater security with the option to select between open and manually locked.
On the stand and becoming available at the end of July is DMM's range of four new lightweight padded harnesses featuring a female specific fit option and choice of fixed/adjustable leg loops.
You’ll find details of the new harnesses on pages 72 - 73 of the Buyer's Guide 2015/16
Also on the stand will be the new Mini-Swivel and Gyro pulley range unveiled earlier in the year at the German Tree Care Conference in Augsburg.
Over the next 6 - 8 weeks, the Alpha Steel, Chimera, and new 8 mm quickdraw slings will become available.
There's plenty to see and as usual the DMM team will be on hand to answer any questions. You'll find them at Friedrichschafen on Stand 202 in Hall B2.
To download a 2015/16 Buyer's Guide with DMM's full range of products with specifications etc. click on the Buyer's Guide image icon.
DMM has also produced a 2015/16 Highlights magazine. In it you'll find a mixture of technical know-how, new product information and climbing articles that include: Nasim Eshqi giving an insight to being a female climber in Iran, Jack Geldard treading the middle-ground between not wanting to risk it all but still as keen as ever and Ben Bransby surprising himself that life is still bearable after going more than two weeks without climbing.
If you're not able to pick-up a print version then you can download a pdf by clicking on the Highlights image icon. Young gun or seasoned veteran we're sure you'll find something informative or entertaining to read between its covers. If you've any ideas about what you'd like to see included or less of in next year's Highlights magazine then please let us know.