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Totem Cams (Aliens) are now available

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Totem Basic Cams

 

Only 3 standard sizes and two hybrid sizes but still... they are my favorite cams to double up on tcu's in the red, yellow, orange and green. I feel like the best climbing rack always has an assortment of Camalots (C4), tcu's and aliens (totem basic cams).

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Yes! There is no supplement for a green alien. The master cams, and c3s came pretty close but aliens just seem so solid in little flares, pin scars, etc. Glad theyre back though I'll have to get get used to calling them Totems. Are the greens within the same range spec wise?

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So does this mean my rack of Aliens that have been waiting to sell until they've appreciated enough are now worthless? Noooooooo!!!!

 

 

Am I confused or is the photo of the alien on their main page misleading? Look at the "shop" tab; they only sell the head design in a very different cam body.

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that cam in the shop tab is there other style of cam called the totem cam, that has been out for a little while. The alien style cam is called the basic cam.

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For almost everyone I've climbed with, including moi: the totems take a bit to warm up to. However, after you've used them for a bit, most folks think they are awesome.

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Bill, I just stick them down my pants and they warm up right away. When I used yours, thats what I did, and they worked great after that. Sure ya got to wash them afterwards... 8D

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I run cold on Aliens, the stem is just too wobbly . cant get precise placements

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Great that this design will again be available, but what a terrible name! "Basic" cam?

If they could buy/license/steal the design, why couldn't they keep the name?

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These Totem cams are rock solid in placements. I was so impressed with how they work in granite. In the parallel sided stuff they work of course just as good as everything else, but its in the flaring, pin scarred, or weird placements that they really shine. Something with their design doesn't let them move around or walk like other cams. They go in and lock off where a C3 or C4 will move around in the same place. they give me a nice warm feeling in my tummy on kind of runout sketchy granite trad.

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According to a friend that was at OR, the totem Basic cams are not the resurrected Aliens. Fixe bought the Alien name and patent, and will be producing them sometime in the near future (?). So that is probably the answer as to the name change, and only having a few of the size, i would guess.

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