Totem cams in SA?

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Hector
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Totem cams in SA?

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Is anyone bringing totems into SA (the fancy ones with direct cam loading, not the aliens)? I'd love to test drive one or two - they sound like they often work where other cams don't.
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Looking at their website, they don't have a representative in SA.
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Old Smelly
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They look very cool!
Really, its not that bad...I think it's my shoes...
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I looked at importing them. Charles owns a pair or two.
Great for aid climbing and pin scars, otherwise no advantage.
Horrendously expensive.
Here's a good review of them:
https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews/ ... /totem-cam
Kind of like the Omega Pacific Link cams - cool concept, but it's hard to beat the BD/DMM/WC double axle design.
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I got one. And don't really use it. Prefer the super light BD. Quite bulky.
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To answer Hector’s question: seems like nobody brings them into SA. (They’re expensive’ niche products.)

If you’re climbing perfect cracks or rails in Cape sandstone or Boven quartzite (or Yosemite granite!) Totems are overkill and regular 13.5 degree BD/WC/etc are plenty good enough. But if you have funky/flaring/shallow placements, Totems are AWESOME. It’s amazing where they’ll stick. They are my go-to piece.

As a Totem owner, I think Andy Kirk has a better review than OGL:
https://www.andy-kirkpatrick.com/blog/v ... e_them_all

(Note to Rob: in my experience they’re not at all like link-cams, which had a fundamental weakness in the links. More like the Tre belay device: great niche product which never really caught on. Also, they’re not so much an aid device, as the heads are larger than most pin scars. TCUs and C3s better for aid)

Their one big drawback is that they are bulky to rack.
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