The Technical Friend has been replaced by the new Double-Axle Friend Cam. It looks like a dramatic improvement over the outdated single-axle Technical Friend. The review below is for the old Friend.
Based on the original Friend, Wild Country's Technical Friends features solid construction and a classic design. These cams have been around forever and just work. We like the feel of these and the solidity of the units once in a good placement. Wild Country's Friends feel like a piece of equipment, not a toy, engendering a serious mindset in the climber and leading ultimately to safer more productive climbing. In addition to the solid construction of these units we found that these cams are among the lightest that we tested making them a good option for adventures where weight is a crucial aspect of your planning. All positives aside, we found that these cams only performed marginally in some of our tests and frankly, we are thankful for the re-vamp of design with Wild Country's new Helium Friends (review forthcoming). The Technical friends don't have a very good range making it mandatory to carry more pieces. Additionally the sling on these cams is the shortest of all that we tested making it impossible to eschew a long sling on all but the most straight up and down cracks. Overall, these cams are a solid little piece of equipment that will treat you well and get the job done, but we much prefer the increased range, and design features of Black Diamond Camalot. For an extendable sling check out DMM Dragon Cam.