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Totem Cams
Totem Cam

4.666666666666667 out of 5 stars
9 Reviews



Why We Like The Totem Cam

Renowned for their patented Direct Loading system, the coveted Totem Cam delivers bomber holding power. The narrow head eases placing and cleaning, while the strong, flexible stems reduce walking. When the placements get weird, we stay confident, knowing this pro will hold thanks to its maverick lobe pairs engaging independently.


  • Versatile cam for climbing trad, aid, and big walls
  • Dual stem increases flexibility for less than ideal placements
  • Each lobe pair can engage separately for aid climbing
  • Item #TOC0001
Placement Range
[0.50] 11.7 - 18.9mm, [0.65] 13.8 - 22.5mm, [0.80] 17 - 27.7mm, [1.00] 20.9 - 34.2mm, [1.25] 25.7 - 42.3mm, [1.50] 31.6 - 52.2mm, [1.80] 39.7 - 64.2mm
[0.50] 6kN, [0.65] 8kN, [0.80] 9kN, [1.00] 10kN, [1.25, 1.50, 1.80] 13kN
Cam Lobes
cam, colored sling (0.50 - black, 0.65 - blue, 0.80 - yellow, 1.00 - purple, 1.25 - green, 1.50 - red, 1.80 - orange)
Claimed Weight
[0.50] 2.4oz [0.65] 2.6oz [0.80] 2.9oz [1.00] 3.3pz [1.25] 3.8oz [1.50] 4.6oz [1.80] 5oz
trad climbing, aid climbing

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 9 ratings

Review Summary

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5 Stars - 8 reviews

Fits True To Size

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2 out of 5 stars

July 9, 2024

Average cams, major design flaw

I've put it through the wringer

Two-star totem review... hot take, I know. The functionality of these cams is pretty nice (though honestly not any better than a standard BD/WC cam), however the black totem has a major design flaw in that the load bearing cables that wrap around the lobes protrude significantly when the cam is retracted for placement. This causes abrasion of the load bearing cables against the rock and eventual failure of the cam via fraying cables. Googling "black totem frayed wires" yields several forum users with similar stories. Just looking at the cam while retracted, you can see how much the wires stick out compared to the larger pieces. Surprised that totem engineers did not notice and/or care about this glaring issue. Totem will not warranty this, and it is not a part of the cam they can repair. My black lasted 8 months of weekend use. Overall, not worth the hype and extra price tag unless maybe you're seriously into hard aid. After about a year of moderate use with a full rack, I won't be recommending or purchasing any more totems and will just stick with my other cams that cost less and have lasted years without issue.

Daniel S
5 out of 5 stars

May 31, 2024

A must have for any crack climber

I've put it through the wringer

I currently have a black, blue, and yellow totem in my kit. They are my go-to for finger cracks and are handy for anchors. Their engineers really created a modern marvel for trad-climbing, that makes thin stuff feel safe.

Mitch C
5 out of 5 stars

January 12, 2023

How Is this possible

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Going from camelots or friends to totems is like going from a flip phone to a new smartphone. You will not believe how much more versatile the totem is it seems it can be placed just about anywhere. These cams are also very light and flexible I just wish I could trade in all my other cams and get more totems. If your used to black diamond and wild country sizes it's super easy all the sizes match up except the yellow and 🍊 orange here's the deal stick a gray carabener on the yellow and rack it next to the 0.4 black diamond the orange one goes between the red and yellow black diamond it's like a 2.5 in black diamond sizes

Audrey P
5 out of 5 stars

June 4, 2022

Totem Cams are Worth It !

I've used it several times

Have a pretty varied rack when it comes to cams from different companies .. and the totem cams are just easier to place with confidence ! If you're just getting into trad climbing look no further ! When you go to place other cams you just wish they were all totems !

Zachary S
5 out of 5 stars

May 2, 2022

Bomber and easy to place

I've put it through the wringer
6' 1"

Have a single rack of totems, and in comparison to my C4s, I much prefer placing a totem. Easy to place, narrower head width, and just feel much more satisfied with my placements. Versatile cam, and also fits perfectly for horizontal placements

Steven R
5 out of 5 stars

June 27, 2021

Never placed an easier Cam.

I've put it through the wringer
5' 10"

The design of these cams is incredible. With the shape of the lobe allowing to act as an offset as well as a standard cam and replacement is perfect. My favorite cam is being DD?s Camelot there even more narrow making it easier to place in pins scars. You need nothing else but these and micro nuts. As nacho would say ?They are the best?

Jason S
5 out of 5 stars

May 19, 2021

People get jealous

I've used it several times

They're really that good. Just read literally any other review anywhere. You just feel good when you place one.

SHiraz N
Alex QGearhead
5 out of 5 stars

September 28, 2020


I've put it through the wringer

These cams are the best. Why? 1. They fit where other cams don't 2. They are bomber. and i've tested that. more times than I care to admit. 3. They are perfect in the small sizes. Everyone knows about the legendary Black totem. It has legendary status for a reason. Fits where other cams don't.

5 out of 5 stars

June 16, 2020

Bomber Cams

I've used it several times

Totems go in and stay where a C4 or TCU simply won?t! Because the load is distributed and equalized from the lobes individually, you can place them in really wonky ways, almost like an offset (within reason). Perfect in pin scars, almost never walk, and load over corners like nothing else. Get totems.

Adam B