I have some gift cards to a local retailer that sells Trango Splitter cams, and no BD, Metolius or similarly reputable brands. Does anyone have any experience with the the Trangos? Specifically the smaller sizes, for free climbing.
I' bought some larger Trango Flex cams (hand sizes) and I was incredibly disappointed. I bought them on sale to have some backup sizes so I never actually handled them before buying. Big mistake. Out of the box, the trigger wires were getting caught on the cam lobes and the action was terrible. They got tangled up and I can't imagine how they passed any kind of field testing. You may find otherwise with the smaller splitter cams, but ill never buy a trango cam again. Ever.
I recently heard that Trango was going to stop producing the Splitter cam, I'm guessing it's because it sucks.
If you can find something else to spend the money on I think it would be wise, everyone needs a new rope at some point?!? What about a new helmet, the new ones have really nice forehead padding! How about upgrading your trad draws to something lighter??? A pair of pants to replace your beat out dickies???
Almost any time I "settle" for a piece of climbing gear I regret it, when I buy the best I use it for a long time and enjoy using it. Stuff is just stuff, but some stuff is nicer than other stuff.