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Oct 15, 2012
tanuki
I want to buy a #6 Friend. I know that WC stopped making them for a while, then after the launch of the Helium Friend line they reintroduced them under the name "New Friend." A few retailers in the US had them for a while. I tried to buy one today from Back Country Gear, and they told me that it appears that Wild Country has stopped making them again and that the #5 and #6 will not be available again until 2013.

My question for those of you with awesome internet shopping skills or first hand knowledge is, where can I buy a #6 New Friend today? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
NC Rock Climber
From The Oven, AKA Phoenix
Joined Dec 6, 2009
121 points
Oct 15, 2012
You'll have to watch the for sale forums or craigslist- they discontinued the old #6 as I suspect they are prepping for the Helium version of it.

its a supply issue on the lobes for them- they buy enough for a certain number of cams and once they're gone, they have to wait until the next year. i suspect they had planned on having enough to get through 2012 and into 2013, but perhaps the Wide Boys boosted big cams sales for them!
John Wilder
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Oct 16, 2012
Top half of Melifluous
mtntools.com/cat/rclimb/cams/w... Sam Stephens
Joined Jan 20, 2010
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Oct 16, 2012
tanuki
Hey Sam! I actually called Mtn Tools today. They are out. They said that WC will be shipping them later this year / early next year. Mtn Tools currently has a waiting list for when they do get the them in. NC Rock Climber
From The Oven, AKA Phoenix
Joined Dec 6, 2009
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Oct 17, 2012
Tried Backcountry yet?

backcountry.com/wild-country-t...

[Edit: only #5, not #6.]
Allen Corneau
From Houston, TX
Joined May 6, 2008
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Oct 17, 2012
Wilsons Eastside Sports in Bishop, CA had a couple earlier this summer... no online ordering but you can call and they'll ship Eric and Lucie
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 14, 2004
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Oct 17, 2012
OTL
^ yep, that reminds me, I saw one or two there and also Nomad Ventures in Joshua Tree. Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Joined Oct 20, 2010
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Oct 17, 2012
tanuki
WINNER!!!

Thanks Matt N! I just got off the phone with Nomad in JT and they had one left. I called all over the US looking for this thing and am happy to find one. I cannot wait to go out and scratch it up.
NC Rock Climber
From The Oven, AKA Phoenix
Joined Dec 6, 2009
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Oct 17, 2012
OTL
NC Rock Climber wrote:
WINNER!!! Thanks Matt N! I just got off the phone with Nomad in JT and they had one left. I called all over the US looking for this thing and am happy to find one. I cannot wait to go out and scratch it up.


Cool, just don't be cursing me when you're actually using the thing - remember you're the one who asked for it.
Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
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