More than a decade in the making, Totem Cams are designed with a reliable loading system that achieves greater holding power and more secure camming action.
Single Cam Pair Loading: Cables are designed so that a load can be only onto on pair of cams with the other pair remaining free -- useful in shallow or flared cracks or in any tricky placement where one pair of cams contacts the rock better than the other. (Note that the strength of the device will be half of the rated strength).
Narrowest head in smaller sizes: No stems or springs are mounted on the axle, so our smallest model is a four-cam unit with the narrowest head ever seen.
Better performance in downward-flared cracks.
Here's what other sites are saying:
With a design that applies an equalized load onto each cam lobe, Totem Cams grip rock well while the flexible body and narrow head width allow versatile placements in horizontal or small cracks.
Totem's Cam equalizes the load across all four lobes thanks to a patented design to eliminate the risk of inactive lobes that might compromise the stability of your placements. Flexible stems limit walking while the easy-handling design works even with gloved hands. With a 1.64:1 expansion range and diagonal micro-teeth on the friction surfaces, you'll get constant holding power.
- Mountain Gear
Totem Cams employ the new patented Direct Loading Camming Device system applies a perfectly equalized load directly onto each lobe, eliminating the risk of inactive lobes and therefore any outbalanced forces that might compromise cam placement stability. Where rock contact with four cam lobes is not possible, Totem Cam still offers the option to load just two lobes for direct aid climbing. Do not use a Totem Cam in this way to protect against a fall.