Wild Country - Tech Friend (Fall 2016)
The Wild Country Tech Friends are mega crack munching monsters. Offwidths may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but when you’re arm deep in one with no alternative gear the last thing you need is to be above a flimsy cam which walks or rotates as you make your move. This definitely won’t be the case with these new big Friends: solidly sprung, easy to trigger and with a head width that gives them a confidence inspiring stability. Designed around the guiding principles of all Friends, they’re lightweight and are built with the tried and tested principles of the 13.75 constant cam angle, single stem and single axle that give a secure and predictable loading every time.
Built to perform, these burly units have a reassuring feel and a satisfying solidity when placed. They don’t move easily, leaving you to concentrate on the climbing above not wondering what’s happening below. The Big Friends consists of Friends 5 and 6 and take the overall range of the Friends offered by Wild Country - starting with Zero Friends and thru Helium Friends - from a miniscule 5.5mm to a whopping 197mm.
As Tom Randall, possibly the world's best wide crack climber, says:
"One of the best things about the large Friends (5 & 6) is that they're wide enough to create a really stable base. This is massively important when using them tipped out - I'd happily trust a big friend all the way to its limit. For me there's no other big camming device on the market that inspires as much confidence when upside down in a 5.14 offwidth and the the action on the larger friends is always reassuring smooth, so you know you can concentrate 100% on the climbing."