Author Topic: Valley giants; is Tom Kasper ok?  (Read 711 times)

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Valley giants; is Tom Kasper ok?
« on: August 24, 2020, 04:43:00 AM »
Been waiting night and day for my Valley Giant that I spent my student loan on to arrive (Tom said he could get it done in time for a July Vedauwoo trip) since early January, and starting to get a little concerned...! The trip went up in flames for obvious international travel reasons, but I've heard not much from Tom one way or another, despite a couple of emails asking if things are all good with him.

Anybody know if the guy's doing ok? Although it would be nice to have the cam, it would be good to know he's not fallen victim to the virus, or maybe run off to become a recluse hermit-monk or something? I'm aware that typically it takes a long time to get these things made and he works his own schedule and all that, this is by no means a post knocking what he does! Just looking to know that I didn't spend that month living on pasta canned peas and quorn in vain.

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Re: Valley giants; is Tom Kasper ok?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2020, 01:38:22 PM »
I won't speak for the guy other than to say that your post is a common occurrence. Folks that order the cams just think he got run over by a car....like near everytime.  People get them later than they thought, so if you want to buy one, order early. Dude makes them as a small annoying side business more to support climbers than the reverse. I don't think anyone has NOT received their cam and at that point they are happy as there is nothing out there that can touch it.


How long have you been waiting so far?

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Re: Valley giants; is Tom Kasper ok?
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2020, 03:20:12 PM »
Tom makes FISH look hyper responsive.... for all anyone knows he seems dead for about 11 months out of the year.

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Re: Valley giants; is Tom Kasper ok?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2020, 03:37:24 AM »
Seven months is awfully optimistic. The wait has been over a year, the last few....

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Re: Valley giants; is Tom Kasper ok?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2020, 02:53:33 PM »
Yeah, I figured, seem to remember a post saying something similar a few years ago on Supertopo way back! It's been about 8 months now, yeah! I guess he'll have assumed (correctly) that the Vedauwoo trip got canned as well, so no rush there.

I guess I'll just put my VG shaped daydreams away for the time being, and serve my time in line like everyone else!   8) It will definitely be worth it.

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Re: Valley giants; is Tom Kasper ok?
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2020, 08:46:29 AM »
I do hope he’s doing okay with the onslaught of BD wannabe big cams and all.

 Make no mistake, The VG’s are the real thing! The industry standard, workhorse, tugboat of large cans. They even take falls!

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Re: Valley giants; is Tom Kasper ok?
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2020, 08:49:27 AM »
I had the opportunity, necessity to weight one of the big red BD’s on a belay on a new route this spring and it just felt dicey all I oils see in my mind was that video of one failing under low load... caveat Emptor, widesters!

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Re: Valley giants; is Tom Kasper ok?
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2020, 08:45:34 AM »
Tom makes FISH look hyper responsive.... for all anyone knows he seems dead for about 11 months out of the year.


Hahaha!  Well played sir.  Jaybro, didn't someone already have one of the new BD 7s (red) fail on them? They tested real low in the strength dept. The #12 was like 5KN. Which is @ toprope fall territory,  body weight ++.

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Re: Valley giants; is Tom Kasper ok?
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2020, 05:50:58 PM »
Been waiting almost a year now for my VG 9 as well. Ordered early December 2019. As far as I know Tom has never screwed anyone over, the cams just take a while to show up. In the meantime I have a couple Shiney BD cams to play with.

And on that note, I had my brand new-never placed BD #8 fail on me. One of the rivets popped off where the trigger wire to cam lobe attachment takes place.



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Re: Valley giants; is Tom Kasper ok?
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2020, 06:44:26 PM »
Yikes,
BD making those in China now?
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Re: Valley giants; is Tom Kasper ok?
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2020, 07:56:00 PM »
I thought BD was making all climbing equipment stateside.