Hey Joe, I'm not sure if anyone has ever done an official review of the Splitter 4 Cams or not. Lots of stuff pops up if you to a search on some of the forums but those are usually requests for comparisons. As you might suspect there are lots of opinions.
Here's where they shine:
Awesome in super-shallow pods and pinscars where nothing else but tied off pins work. An S4 will pass CE strength tests when hanging on just 2 cams. Just plug in one end. Aid only though, eh?
Full strength when completely tipped out. Not that I recommend it but if one walks or inverts for any reason, they're still bomber.
Narrow heads. Can't beat 'em for weird tight placements.
While they don't have the range of regular cams they come in handy enough that I usually have a few on my rack.
Thanks for the input guys. As for the story I heard it third hand so I don't want to botch the details. Essentially I heard that some students worked on this design, their teacher was so impressed he dumped his own money into it. Trango picked them up at some point. All or none of that could be true :)
That's almost true. Seth Murray and Michael Haag were the two engineering students who did the Splitters as their senior project. It won some kind of design award from the University which helped pay for the patents and development, etc. Don't think a prof was involved.
Seth came to work for Trango a couple of years later after deciding that running his company (Splitter) didn't leave him enough time to pursue other cool projects. They sold the Splitter Cam inventory to liberty, the 2Cam patent to Petzl and the 4Cam patent to us. The Splitter 4Cams exist now as a Trango product and Seth and his wife and daughter are collecting cam royalties and lounging around on some South Sea island.