Totem Basic Cam
The Alien was one of the most popular and sought after cams ever among climbers in the know. It was more flexible than anything that had come before, had an incredibly narrow head width and went down to sizes that were able to protect cracks that no other model could. Unfortunately the manufacturer, Colorado Custom Hardware, struggled to keep up with demand and had some production setbacks which meant they were hard to come by and eventually production was shut down.
However David Waggoner's fantastic design was passed on to two manufacturers: Totem and Fixe. Both are now making Alien clones. Fixe's CCH Alien Cam is almost identical to the original design, as the name would suggest, however Totem's Basic Cam has a couple of upgrades which make a significant difference.
The first change is to the cam lobes, which have their edges rounded off. This lack of 90° angles makes awkward placements easier and makes the unit less likely to get irretrievably stuck during a fall. The second change is to the trigger wires which are made entirely from braided stainless steel wire, rather than braided wire swaged onto a solid wire which has been bent into position. This is very strong system which pulls on each individual lobe more evenly and features less mechanical links which are prone to damage and failure.
- Internal cam springs for narrow head width
- 4mm stainless steel braided wire on all sizes
- 16° cam angle, soft lobes with teeth for well trusted holding power
- Lobes are CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum alloy
- Double sheath on trigger - outer layer rotates freely for improved abrasion resistance
- Individually proof tested to 60% of rated strength
Size Colour Weight Range Active
TBC Black TBC TBC TBC - 16° TBC TBC 0.5 Blue 56g 11.2 - 17.4 mm 5 kN - 16° TBC 0.65 Green 60g 13.6 - 21.4 mm 7 kN - 16° - 0.75 Yellow 68g 16.6 - 26.1 mm 9 kN - 16° - 0.95 Red 72g 19.9 - 31.6 mm 11 kN - 16° -
Activities Aid Climbing, Climbing, Trad Climbing Brand Totem Min Size 11.2 Max Size 31.6 Camming Angle (degrees) 16 Thumbloop Yes Extendable Sling No
We try to keep the site updated with products that are in stock and despatch within 1-2 working days (Mon-Fri). Occasionally items ordered may be out of stock. If this should happen we will contact you to let you know when we will be able to despatch your order.
Please note that all deliveries are made between 08.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday and may require a signature.
Orders are typically despatched with Royal Mail Tracked 48. Please note that this is a guideline only as a different delivery method may be used depending on the size/weight of your order – if you would like any more information on your delivery please contact us.
Click and Collect
At checkout, please enter your billing address as the shipping address, then choose Click and Collect as your Shipping Method. Click and Collect items are available to pick up Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (excluding Bank Holidays), one working day after your order is confirmed.
When your item is ready to collect, you will receive a confirmation email; please either bring a print out of this or show us the email on your phone. You will also need to bring a form of ID which shows the billing address for your order.
Please collect from the back door at the end of Outside's customer car park:
Online Only Range
“Online only” products are not available for immediate despatch but you will still normally receive these items within 5-7 days of placing an order. If there are likely to be any further delays we will of course be in touch. These products cannot be purchased in our stores.
Next Day Delivery - £5.95 - this service has been suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus crisis
Redirection of your order once despatched
We regret to say that we are unable to change the address or postcode on a parcel once it has been despatched. We therefore recommend that you check your delivery address and postcode carefully before completing the order as this will not be checked by us before despatch. We also recommend that orders are sent to an address where someone will be available all day to receive the parcel, e.g. a work address.
European and International Delivery
There may be delays to international deliveries due to the Coronoavirus crisis. Please see our update here for further information: Outside Update
- Orders weighing 2kgs and under, going to European countries will cost £9.95.
- Orders weighing 2kgs and under, going to other international destinations will cost £11.95.
Orders over 2kgs or bulky orders may be more expensive to post - we will contact you before we process your order if this is the case. The majority of our International orders are sent with Royal Mail's International Signed or Tracked services, which will then be passed to the postal service of your country for onward delivery.
We are happy to deliver most items to BFPO addresses. If your location means that your purchase is VAT-exempt, we are happy to deduct the VAT from your order before shipping. Please make sure that you include your BFPO number in the Postcode field on your order so we can verify the VAT-exemption.
When filling in your details on the website, please enter your card holder address as normal, and the delivery address in the following format:
First Name/Last Name
Address Line 1
Your appointment or unit
Your barracks or PO Box no.
Your BFPO no.
Choose BFPO if you are VAT-exempt, United Kingdom if you are not
Delivery is free to BFPO addresses, however we may be unable to ship certain items due to their size, weight or value. We will contact you if this is the case. If you have any problems or queries, please contact us.
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