The Camalot by Black Diamond are the most dependable camming devices available with the widest range in each size. Their patented double-axle design and patent-pending cable stem have created a range of placement and strength unequaled by any other camming device. The highest standards of quality in testing and manufacturing combined with real world climbing experience make Black Diamond’s Camalots the most trusted cams available.
DECENT FEATURES of the Black Diamond C4 Camalot
Double-axle design offers widest range for each cam unit
C-Loop continuous cable stem design is strong and durable
Color-coded for easy identification and wide range of sizes
Oz, HoodWire and Neutrino Rackpacks available for easy racking (see Carabiner section)
Great expansion range, durable build. I have a full set of c4 's that I bring on every climb. I also have a full second set and triples of red and yellow. I have beat the tar out of these cams and they still catch me when I whip. I don't find the smaller sizes .3 and .4 to be a problem as some people have said, they are wider than some other cams of similar size but they have a bigger expansion range.
The C4 cams are solid. Not the lightest, but the expanded expansion range over single-axle cams is helpful. Haven't taken a fall on one yet, but they feel bomber. In the smaller sizes you might want to consider a different cam (master cam, alien, new X4 even?) because the head is pretty wide.
I dont think you can give these much flack, double axle and awesome range for there sizes. The feel solid on placement and are solid when ya flying. good colours for quick identification. cost a bit but then again what is the price on your life. way better than tricams. do it!
I haven't had these too long but they have a lot of use in them already. Like any piece of gear proper care and treatment will go a long way. I'm glad when me and my friends are up on the rock we have these BD Camalots to trust in. Nothing better out there yet and when that day comes I'm sure it will be a new species of this wonderful pro right here.
What else is there to say that hasn't been said by the couple hundred people who have written virtually identical reviews before me. So I'll just add my voice to the choir -- an excellent piece of gear that has always performed flawlessly for me under virtually any condition. Love that there are now hoodwire biners in various colors to match these cams so I can just look down and know which cam I'm pulling to use with fussing around with all the crap on my harness. Bomber protection. Love them.
I have only trad climbed for a few years, but have been slowly building my rack. I have acquired other companies units through friends, family, and gifts, but always go for the Camalots when purchasing my own. They have a burly feel to them which gives me plenty of confidence on my placements (maybe too much). They do have a better range than others I have tried. Definitely worth the priceCons: Price (Thats hard to complain about when they save your life), #5 Cam trigger wires hang up on part of the milled out section on the cam lobe (no big deal)
"I would bet my life on the integrity of this cam"
There is not much to say. I just got back from 7 days of straight climbing at Indian Creek and I can safely say that the black diamond c4's are amazing. Not only are they light, but the double axle design gives them an impressive expansion range which REALLY makes a difference when you are pulling a crux move and need to plug and chug without fumbling around trying to find the perfect size. I took multiple lead falls on my lucky c4 #2, and it did not budge an inch. Among the group of 4 rock climbers that I climb with we have close to 80 years of climbing experience, and we all agree that c4's are completely dependable and durable.
"The Gold Standard of Cams for a good reason"
Starting a trad rack, get these. From .5-4 these are the best. In smaller stuff Aliens and C3's are better and larger than 4 the WC tech friends ek these guys out. But really if you climb trad you will either have at least one set of these or will own some at some point.