red, yellow, and blue set of Wild Country Zero Friends

A reinvention of Wild Country's Zero Friend collection

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Pitched by Drew Saunders, The Oberalp Group's country manager:

Wild Country, with a nearly 40-year tenure, has lead the way in climbing protection—and the new Zero Friend collection is no different.

The Zero Friends are designed for narrow cracks and fast placements, offered from size 0.1 to 0.75. For this new version of the historic Wild Country Zero Friend(s), the cam angle has changed: no longer 13.75 degrees but rather a new constant angle of 17.6 degrees. The increase to 17.6 degrees has emerged as the perfect angle for narrow placements as it allows a larger range even in the very small sizes. 

The constant angle also ensures a distribution of forces regardless of the degree of opening of the Friend. The Zero Friend's shank has a sturdy steel cable enclosed in a metal spring that protects it. This design allows precise positioning of the friend with minimal flexibility, and at the same time bends effectively and easily when it's manipulated by opposing forces. The easy-to-grab ergonomic thumb loop offers a guided trigger system for accurate placements and removal. 

The Zero collection also offers an extendable Dyneema sewn sling so the climber can reduce the number of quick-draws needed on their rack.

Available in Spring 2020. MSRP $79.95.

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