Author Topic: Totem Cams  (Read 5051 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Wmorris

  • A1 fiend
  • **
  • Posts: 30
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #30 on: June 01, 2014, 07:45:54 pm »
Whitemeat
Totem couldn't keep up with the capacity and the Mountain shop dropped them about nine months ago

Maybe with the new US supplier things will change

Just keep asking them and maybe they will bring them back

Offline mungeclimber

  • Administrator
  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 2257
    • View Profile
    • http://www.sonorapassclimbing.com
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #31 on: June 09, 2014, 10:49:26 pm »
I am complete.

Offline *Mucci*

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 422
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2014, 09:53:35 am »
I hate you munge.

Offline mungeclimber

  • Administrator
  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 2257
    • View Profile
    • http://www.sonorapassclimbing.com
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #33 on: June 10, 2014, 12:25:57 pm »
Hey, not my problem if you don't have a wishlist on mountaingear.com  :)

http://www.mountaingear.com/webstore/wishGetVIew.action

I mean, how else am I going to know what color Lo wants?



Just saying, Mrs. Munge was surprised you weren't already registered on REI.


Offline drapnea

  • Gumby
  • *
  • Posts: 13
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #34 on: July 08, 2014, 03:02:16 pm »
Bump!
Just got a set of totems!
 :-D

Offline johnmac

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 486
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #35 on: July 10, 2014, 10:00:23 am »
I picked up three last week and used them in sandstone over the weekend. They really rock. I'll be getting the larger ones in a couple of weeks. Ended up getting them from mgear.com. Only place I could find that had them in stock. They have 50 of them right now.

The totem website has been updated but it looks like they have some issues.

Offline mhudon

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 785
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #36 on: July 10, 2014, 10:11:56 am »
Ha! now you only need three more sets!  :evil:

I don't have four full sets yet but I'm closing in on it fast!
« Last Edit: July 10, 2014, 10:15:22 am by mhudon »

Offline mungeclimber

  • Administrator
  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 2257
    • View Profile
    • http://www.sonorapassclimbing.com
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #37 on: July 10, 2014, 10:41:05 am »
john, on sandstone, eh?  Not for fragile features of course, but I wonder how the cam lobe performs in the a sandstone sheer test. 

Offline cobbledik

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 690
    • View Profile
    • Fail Falling
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #38 on: July 10, 2014, 06:47:12 pm »
They've got full sets at Tahoe Sports Limited (I think that's the name of the shop in South Lake in the shopping center.)

can't sem to find Basic offsets anywhere though.
Sometimes the difference between a layman and a journeyman is simply what he is allowed to believe himself to be.

Offline johnmac

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 486
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #39 on: July 10, 2014, 08:52:30 pm »
I've had a good week selling crap on ebay so I'll be buying some more totems over the weekend. It's amazing what people will pay for stuff.


Offline S.Richards

  • Gumby
  • *
  • Posts: 6
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #40 on: July 11, 2014, 08:44:52 am »
Totems are easily the best cam in the universe. 
If it fits, it sticks.   Flare placements, shallow placements, even blind placements.  I've never moved on to a Totem and questioned if it was gonna hold. 

Offline Skully

  • A3 Fool
  • ****
  • Posts: 114
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #41 on: July 30, 2014, 03:50:32 pm »
I rule.....I've got 3 more coming from Rock & Snow.
Ever since I climbed Harry Daley with the Plaidman and he basically only placed Totems, I've been in love with these gems.
Good gear rocks! :mrgreen:

Offline mungeclimber

  • Administrator
  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 2257
    • View Profile
    • http://www.sonorapassclimbing.com
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #42 on: July 31, 2014, 07:22:43 pm »
another stoked convert!


Offline johnmac

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 486
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #43 on: August 01, 2014, 07:09:49 am »
Just got another two. I'm slowly catching up to Hudon.

Offline cobbledik

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 690
    • View Profile
    • Fail Falling
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #44 on: August 01, 2014, 09:25:58 am »
I ended up deleting all of my reviews on outdoor gear lab except for my totem review that was basically a review of Cmac's ridiculous totem review. Strange how my love and devotion to this piece of gear was enough to lose complete faith (though not sure how much I has to start) in anything OGL said about anything.

If you haven't read Cmac's review, you really should, if only for the laugh. "These are specialized aid pieces that are amazing for aid and the best out there... 7 out of 10 for aid" wtf?
http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Climbing-Cams-Reviews/Totem-Cam
Sometimes the difference between a layman and a journeyman is simply what he is allowed to believe himself to be.

Offline Baltoro

  • A3+ Copper Bender
  • *****
  • Posts: 154
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #45 on: August 01, 2014, 10:49:05 am »
The OGL reviews are pretty ridiculous. They've reviewed some of the products I rep and certainly some competitor's items as well. The product is usually so out of the intended context and/or compared to completely unrelated styles.

We've seen this with other "review" sites that basically take whatever product they can get from vendors, pass it along to their bros and then expect a quality product on the back-end.

Sometimes I succeed. Sometimes I fail. Sometimes I am too lazy to do either.
M. Twight

Offline mungeclimber

  • Administrator
  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 2257
    • View Profile
    • http://www.sonorapassclimbing.com
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #46 on: August 01, 2014, 11:26:54 am »
Quote
generally encounter less pins scars and weird flares when free climbing


uh, Serenity effect?

Offline cobbledik

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 690
    • View Profile
    • Fail Falling
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #47 on: August 01, 2014, 03:02:43 pm »
Yeah munge, no weird flares when freeclimbing... Has CMac ever climbed at Joshua Tree?
Sometimes the difference between a layman and a journeyman is simply what he is allowed to believe himself to be.

Offline mhudon

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 785
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #48 on: August 01, 2014, 05:12:48 pm »
Just got the last three I need to complete four sets!

Offline cobbledik

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 690
    • View Profile
    • Fail Falling
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #49 on: August 01, 2014, 09:13:05 pm »
Just got the last three I need to complete four sets!


H8UKTHXBAIBAI!!!
Sometimes the difference between a layman and a journeyman is simply what he is allowed to believe himself to be.

Offline mhudon

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 785
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #50 on: August 02, 2014, 12:18:21 pm »
H8UKTHXBAIBAI!!!

Still trying to figure this one out.   :?

Offline Skully

  • A3 Fool
  • ****
  • Posts: 114
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #51 on: August 02, 2014, 03:39:42 pm »
Hate you ok thanks byebye or baby...somebody is jealous.....4 sets of those IS pretty badass. 8-)

Offline mhudon

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 785
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #52 on: August 03, 2014, 08:36:56 am »
Ha! Thanks, Skully. I got the Hate you part after a while.

I figured four sets since my standard wall rack is two of the regular cams and two of the offsets. Totems effectively replace the offsets but you still need that number of cams for placements.

Check out this placement Max made on Reticent.

Speaking of Reticent, I just got the TR back from my editor and will be working on adding photos and formatting it this week. I'll be posting it on my ElCapPanos site and will link to it here.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2014, 08:39:04 am by mhudon »

Offline csproul

  • A2 Flyer
  • ***
  • Posts: 77
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #53 on: August 03, 2014, 02:11:24 pm »
Are y'all using the Totems for fee climbing as well, or just for aiding?

Offline mhudon

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 785
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #54 on: August 03, 2014, 02:49:34 pm »
They are just as good for free climbing as aid climbing. Why wouldn't they be?

Offline csproul

  • A2 Flyer
  • ***
  • Posts: 77
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #55 on: August 03, 2014, 08:04:09 pm »
They are just as good for free climbing as aid climbing. Why wouldn't they be?
No reason...that's why I asked. I suppose it is conceivable that they'd excel at aid (tricky body weight placements) and not be any better at holding falls, but I've never even seen one, much less used them. Got a blue and a purple on the way to test out, so I guess I'll find out soon enough.

Offline mungeclimber

  • Administrator
  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 2257
    • View Profile
    • http://www.sonorapassclimbing.com
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #56 on: August 03, 2014, 10:43:25 pm »
They are not for fragile flakes csproul. So some free climbing on fragile flakes might take a regular cam better. Hard to know where to draw that line.


Great purple pic!

Offline mhudon

  • A4+ Dreamer
  • *****
  • Posts: 785
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #57 on: August 04, 2014, 09:16:15 am »
Didn't mean to be flippant. Sorry.

I can't say I've seen them expand a flake any more than my usual Metolius cams but I haven't tested them side by side either.

When I'm out aiding, Skot, Max and Cheyne have all agreed that they are that cam that you save for when you really, really need a cam to stick. Additionally, when you are making a blind placement, they are the cam you want.

Offline csproul

  • A2 Flyer
  • ***
  • Posts: 77
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #58 on: August 04, 2014, 10:12:20 am »
Got a couple coming from mountaingear...remember, if you are an AAC member, you get $15 of any order $75 or more, so order each cam separately and get $15 off of each one!

Offline Chad

  • A2 Flyer
  • ***
  • Posts: 71
    • View Profile
Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #59 on: August 18, 2014, 10:08:21 pm »
Contest to win Totem Cams from the website UK Climbing. But you have to sign up to be a registered user. Could be worse.

http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=6581