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The Camalot C3 by Black Diamond will fit in far more places more securely. Compact interlocking and overlapping cams allow for solid placements that will not lever out. Compression drive springs push each cam with significantly greater force and because each cam is driven by a different spring, each cam is truly independent. Their unique stem design offers flexibility and strength-laterally stiff for tight placements but soft as a noodle over edges. This improved flexibility disperses a load more evenly, minimizes deformation and makes the units inherently stronger.
FEATURES of the Black Diamond Camalot C3
Heads are 30% narrower yet C3s are more secure, dependable and fit in more placements than other camming units
Compression-spring driven with interlocking cam heads for bite in uneven cracks
Flexible stem is laterally stiff for tight placements
Color-coded for easy identification and wide range of sizes
Neutrino or Oz Rackpack available for easy racking (see Carabiner section)
0.47 - 0.74 in.
Climbing Magazine Editors' Choice Award - 2010
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Rated 5 out of
Small bombsThis stuff is bomber. They're ridiculously small, but their holding power and versatility belie their size. I did a hanging belay from a tiny crack on steep slab using 3 of these as the anchor and they didn't budge a bit when my second took a fall. The action is tighter than normal and the trigger takes a little power to pull back, but once it's in there right it stays. The way these are made, the shaft is relatively stiff, so they won't bend towards the rope the way a CCH alien will. You might say that this could pose a problem, but I've never had them walk or get pulled so long as I remember to extend them with a runner.
Date published: 2009-05-26
Rated 3 out of
Trigger and stem could be better.I am personally not a huge fan of the c3s and would go for some of the small sizes in master cams before these guys. Also ow that the x4s are out, they are a better option in my opinion. I just don't like the trigger system with two small springs. if you pull on one side harder than the other and your cam is even remotely dirty, it can get jammed. Not a huge deal, but something I don't like. The big piece of plastic rubber material is good for protecting the cam in cracks, but again the x4s have a much more elegant solution to that with the beads on the stem. Just my two cents though. You can still crush hard on the c3s!
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 5 out of
Nice small camsThese are great small cams with very narrow head width. As you would expect from BD they are well constructed and well designed. When you pick them up in the store one of the first things you'll notice is the stiff trigger action. This may seem like a draw back but when I have placed these guys the last thing on my mind was stiff trigger action and they are very smooth when in action. While they don't have the flexibility of a master cam or alien, they are much more flexibly in vertical cracks than a tcu and have a decent amount of flex for horizontal placements. Overall a great small three lobed cam that fits great in small pods where a 4 lobed unit won't fit.
Date published: 2011-10-04
Rated 5 out of
Pleasantly surprisedI've been a little skeptical of the C3's and been content with TCU's, Mastercams and Aliens for the little stuff. But succumbing to extensive peer-pressure, I have been racking up a few lately and have been very happy with their ease of placement and apparent stability.,,,,I have not noted any torque issues or sticky triggers, and in general the C3's seemed a little easier to remove than the TCU's after having been weighted. Speaking of TCU's, I have fairly big mitts and find that the C3's are much easier to grab for dicey spots where quick placement is desired.,,,,Overall it's looking like C3's have earned a permanent place on my rack and have perhaps bumped TCU's to a back-up role.
Date published: 2011-10-29
Rated 4 out of
Great Small CamThese are very dependable.,,My first 5.10d was short finger crack with almost no feet. I climbed up to the crux (23ft) and blindly threw my #2 C3 in. I continued climbing up and once I was over the placement i was able to see the cam. The C3 was almost completely tipped out. I panicked. I knew I was unable to down climb the crux but I knew if I fell that the C3 would pop and I would deck. At some point my foot slipped and off i went. A very scary 13ft of flying later the rope came tight and I was safe.,,I climbed back up to inspect the piece and saw to my amazement exactly how horrible the placement was that caught me. ,,Bottom line.,,Buy C3's if you need your gear to hold when It shouldn't.,,
Date published: 2010-02-21
Rated 4 out of
The cam I always bring.I love my C3s and am always surprised at how many bad reviews such a great cam gets. The trigger is too hard to pull? Come on. I pretty much refuse to leave the ground without my yellow C3 (usually two of them.) I can't count the number of times I've plugged it into a spot that no other cam (short of an offset/hybrid) would go. It's so narrow that you can plug it in a flaring pin scar or pocket and it will seat great where any other cam would be tipped out on the outside lobe. The bottom line is that it will fit everywhere the other small cams do, and a bunch of places that they won't.
Date published: 2010-02-27
Rated 4 out of
A good specialty piece.This cam feels solid. There are no questions about the manufacturing quality when you hold this thing. The yellow held me on a 20-foot whipper in the Gunks.,,,,But, three lobes makes most placements feel a bit wobbly. I love the yellow, and I like the red. They tend to feel stable so long as the cam is more than 50% retracted. The smaller sizes never quite feel secure.,,,,The C3 feels more like a specialty piece. For most placements, I like a smaller four lobe unit, such as an Alien or an X4, but if the placement is too narrow for an Alien, the C3 is your best bet.,,,,
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated 5 out of
Black Diamond continues to set the standard!I've owned the competitors (you know who I'm talking about). And they're just fine. However, nothing inspires confidence like the BD line of cams. Leave it to them to set new standards in narrow placements while maintaining the super solid holding power and engineering expected of BD. The trigger/thumb catch is far more user friendly than any other small cams I've owned. I didn't notice difficulty with the spring tension as some have mentioned.