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Description

The largest expansion range of any small cam on the market.

If you're looking to add some small cam sizes to your rack, the new Black Diamond Camalot X4 is the way to go. The 4-lobed device utilizes embedded cam springs to create a narrow head width while the stacked and double axle technology provides the largest expansion range of any small cam available, ultimately providing more placement options than ever before. Plus, aluminum protection beads on the stem increase durability without compromising flexibility.

  • Stacked axle technology (sizes .1, .2, .3) and double axle technology (sizes .4, .5, .75) allows for a huge expansion range
  • Cam springs embedded in the lobes create a narrower head width than the original Camalot, allowing for wider range of placement options
  • Aluminum protection beads around the cable increase durability without limiting flexibility
  • Hot-forged trigger and the symmetric swage improve handling characteristics
  • Slung with color-coded Dyneema slings for easy size identification

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5 5

Can't get enough of them!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these cams. I think they're perfect for just about any crack or fissure, and they're easier to clean and set than you'd think. They're superlight and give my harness a cleaner organization. The smaller ones have shorter shafts, which was a mistake in my opinion, but overall I believe these might be the best on the market, either these or Metolius anyway.

5 5

Really nice small cams

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm writing this because I disagree with a number of comments that other people are making. The small (.1-.3) sizes really aren't single-axle cams. The axle-centers for opposing lobes are offset in the same way as for double-axle cams (just not completely separated), which allows for a greater expansion range for a given cam angle. The difference is noticeable- the yellow .2 actually retracts to be as narrow as (officially a bit narrower than) the purple mastercam.
As far as I can tell, the only significant and objective differences between these and the mastercams are the greater expansion range and stem flexibility (especialy for horizontal placements) of the X4s. The head width for the X4s is marginally greater. The cable guards seem like a good idea. I don't know about the steel wire vs kevlar cord; it probably doesn't matter much.

3 5

go with metolius

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These do the job ... but not quite like the metolius master cam. They completely copied the MMC with the X4's design ( just compare them side to side) Stick with the MMCs in the smaller ranges and you won't be disappointed.

3 5

Stick with Metolius

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have the Yellow, same as a blue Metolius. So far Ive noticed the metolius is beefier, easier to clean-place and I trust the metolius more. Ill stick with my metolius if I could return this one for a metolius power cam I would.

The flexibility is a con and a pro it makes getting the cam in and out of tight placements harder but I can see it helping with it remaining in place once set.

Knock offs of the mastercam and they cost more than a master and arent as good.

My .02

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FYI the yellow .2 X4 retracts down slightly smaller than the blue metolius #1, yet has as much expansion range. Blue metolius cams actually fall WITHIN the size range of the blue .3 X4, so this comparison is off the mark. My preference is for the X4s over the master cams the whole range down, especially once you go bigger than blue .3
5 stars from me.

4 5

Overall a great cam

Pros: slightly longer stem, cam lobes widen near tip, dyneema feels really strong, protection beads make placements less worrisome

Cons: aluminum triggers don't feel as grippy as plastic on c4s, sizes smaller than .3 seem like they have a good chance of getting stuck in tight placements (I could be wrong, but at $70/pc I don't wanna find out.)

All that being said I really like them and feel that they compliment my c4 cams well. I highly recommend.

Narrow head

Narrow head

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0.4 X4 (left) compared to 0.5 C4 (right). The X4's are about one lobe thinner than the C4s.

5 5

my new favorite cam

these things are awesome. theyre longer, narrower and flex much more than C4s or anything else. really great cams.

Could be difficult to clean??

Could be difficult to clean??

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This is just an initial impression, but this cam could potentially be a little tricky to clean. I've circled areas where, if dirt got in, it could be hard to get that dirt out.

4 5

Can't wait to use these

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just got these in the mail, so these are my initial impressions. They are quite smooth and have a nice action to them. Their head width is super narrow (around 1 3/8 inches). The tension from the springs on the cams is nice, and although I haven't taken them out yet, I think they'll have nice holding power. The only downside that I can really see right now is that they might be hard to clean if dirt/grime gets into certain areas. However, once again, this is just an initial impression. I've posted some pictures that hopefully help. Also, they don't seem super revolutionary when compared to the master cams, but they are, regardless, a very nice looking small cam. Can't wait to use these!

EDIT: Oh ya, and they're really flexible

Layback crack BCC

Layback crack BCC

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My new x4 bd cams give me total confidence on dicey sections... They give you real piece of mind??

5 5

Black DIamond X4 über smooth!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These cams have a super smooth action. What a great addition to my trad rack.... BD has an impressive way of providing strength and design while decreasing weight... Can't wait for my next trad adventure to the Lone Peak Cirque! Thanks BD

Black DIamond X4 über smooth!

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