"Had a play with one of these babies on a rainy day gear shop crawl in Arco last weekend, the AlternativeCurrent Angel They're clearly not intended as a substitute for normal cams - more as a single piece to cover a wide range for emergency placements on routes where you either didn't expect much crack climbing or have run out of your regular pieces. Basically the same niche as Link Cams, but less fragile - the pins holding the cam sections together were a huge weakness on the Link Cams. Impressions: big, looks & feels a bit clunky. But not actually that much heavier than a normal large cam, much less five of them. Has a trigger/catch that holds the x-shaped arms in a closed position for racking, and releases them for placing. Would probably get used to this quickly enough if you owned one and used it regularly - but I wouldn't rate j random follower's chances of successfully removing and re-racking it one handed very highly."
"After viewing Ryan's from HowNOT2 video, I fell like I should share my experience with the Angel. I have this cam for a bit over a year, have been climbing with a fair bit, trad or alpine, have lend it to friends, so here is my feedback. Pros: The AC Angel from Alternative Current isn’t your typical camming device—it's a rock-solid innovation that packs a punch."
"When you know how to plug in and plug out the cam. It's easier and faster than you might think."
"ANGEL il friend che ne vale 5"
"This season I had the pleasure of using the @angel.ac.climbing cams an I can honestly say these widgets are certainly something else they’re surprisingly user-friendly, for your average Climber and as an avid, explore of new routs who never knows where he’s going to end up this cam goes in any ware an is bomber …. Video of myself confidently, plugging and chugging my way up another fresh splitter in the hart of the creek"
"I've never tested the same cam this many times at these forces. There is a ton of information in this so if you find it interesting I recommend the full video (link in bio or 🔝). We stock these in our store if you like novelty gear."
"I’ve met Matteo from @angel.ac.climbing last week in his workshop close to Verona. He has developed a genius new cam he calls the AC1. It’s pretty much one cam that can fit in any crack between 0.75 and a 4 in BD sizes. Each piece is CNC manufactured just about a km from his workshop and then assembled by Matteo himself. We each bought one and then tried it out on the NE pillar for the Pizzo del Prevat in Ticino. I’ve never seen a cam that sits this secure. No walking at all. I think it’s especially great for building anchors. This is not a sponsored post by the way. I just think small makers need to support each other and what Matteo does is super innovative. Also, there is something new coming from him soon!"
"This niche piece of gear aims to fill a huge gap in climber's racks by fitting in cracks from .75 to #4 in a single device! We've done a bit of climbing with it so far, but are really interested in hearing from you about what you want to see and learn about such a unique piece of kit. It definitely has a learning curve when compared to traditional cams."
"Experimenting with the new @angel.ac.climbing cam. There’s a steep learning curve but it’s got some interesting possibilities."
"I pretty much place this every belay. It takes some practice to use to its full potential, but I’ve gotten solid placements with it where nothing else will fit. Also everyone finds it very interesting that sees it. Cool to see such an innovative idea that actually works–this cam must have taken an immense amount of design and refinement to get it to this stage."
"I really like the angel and it goes up most onsights with me now. It holds extremely solid and is great for anything but extreme limit trad climbs. Take some time on the ground to get used to placing and cleaning so you understand how it differs from a standard cam and you’ll be well rewarded when on the wall."
"Fantastic piece of gear, life saver, easy to place and instinctive to use. First piece I go for in a pressure situation, very pleased,can’t recommend it highly enough Keep up the good work guys very clever design. Thanks again"
"Interesting device, ideal in case of need of some doubles in camming devices… Or for mountaineering to have something with you. It needs some practice before use and enough power in the hands. First impressions in some trad climbs already good"
"I do lots of exploration of new cliffs in hopes of finding climbs to establish. This piece of kit has been very useful in creating anchorage when going into the unknown as I know I can cover a lot of ground with one piece. Between this and 2 link cams I can make anchors in a crazy wide range of cracks with only 3 pieces of gear..."