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Please help me ID these cams


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Ben VanderStouw · · Rochester, NY · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 85

Some old cams my Dad used to use in the early-mid 90's. Wondered if anyone knows the brand! 

Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 0

Look like some wired bliss cams I had BITD...

caughtinside · · Oakland CA · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 1,450

I thought they looked like Kong cams, but not sure. 

Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 0
caughtinside wrote: I thought they looked like Kong cams, but not sure. 

Could be Kong, they all kind of ripped each other off in the 90's. There was a Korean company that also made cams that were of a similar design.


EDIT: Trango cams are kind of in the same class as these. They work, but aren't ideal.
caughtinside · · Oakland CA · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 1,450

I know I used one at some point, I think a friend brought some to the creek. Kong Cama-Sutras maybe?

I do recall that they sucked, the range was pitiful. 

Drew Nevius · · Oklahoma · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 1,698

The trigger bar and axle terminations look similar to an ABC cam I have. I’ll take a pic later to compare

K Weber · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 15
Buck Rio wrote: Look like some wired bliss cams I had BITD...

Nope.   Some other wannabes doing knock offs of Wild Country Friends.

Ben VanderStouw · · Rochester, NY · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 85
K Weber wrote:

Nope.   Some other wannabes doing knock offs of Wild Country Friends.

Any idea of the brand?

highaltitudeflatulentexpulsion · · Colorado · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 35

Maybe Salewa

the schmuck · · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 110

I'd guess ABC. But, in the early 90s several brands sold the same cam with different branding. These were Kong, ABC, Trango, Climb High, Camp, Lowe, etc. I seem to remember that they were Korean made. 

Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 2,800
the schmuck wrote: I'd guess ABC. But, in the early 90s several brands sold the same cam with different branding. These were Kong, ABC, Trango, Climb High, Camp, Lowe, etc. I seem to remember that they were Korean made. 

That "cable around the axle" construction wasn't used in those cams you list (as far as I've seen each of them). It smacks of Gear For Rocks of early EBay fame.

caughtinside · · Oakland CA · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 1,450

They predate the Gear for Rocks stuff

Kent Pease · · Littleton, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 725

Try posting on Supertopo: supertopo.com/climbing/foru….  Some collectors and historians over there.

Also see the Nuts Museum which has an extensive collection of gear to compare to: needlesports.com/content/nu….
 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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