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    • C4 Package #0.5 - 3

    153 Reviews


    Build your rack right.

    Incredible expansion range and low weight make the Black Diamond Camalot C4 Package a perfect way to start off any trad rack or beef up an old one. These five cams (size 0.5-3) cover all the bases from fingers to fists. These Camalots are so dialed that two half-sizes were eliminated because the new increased expansion range deemed them obsolete. In addition to providing this increased range, the double-axle design makes these cams full strength even when placed passively. 

    • Single trad rack of Black Diamond's C4 Camalots
    • Double-axle design for extra-large expansion range
    • Double-axle design works as cam stops
    • Large thumb loop provides a clip-in point for aid climbers
    • Color-coded for quick identification
    • Includes five sizes from .05 to 3 (loose fingers to fists)
    • Click sizing chart link for range, strength, and weight info
    • Item #BLD0918

    Tech Specs

    see sizing chart
    Cam Lobes
    Recommended Use
    trad climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Great Package at a Great Price

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is the perfect package for the avid climber. Whether you are a seasoned veteran who knows the wall like the back of his hand, or you are just a new enthusiastic geologist in the making. This package is a quintessential bit of gear that you just can't go without.

    Thumbs up for thumb loops!

      Building a trad rack can be pricey. The C4 package is a great jumping off point and a lot of climbers swear by the BD camelot. I too enjoy sliding them into cracks and the thumb loop helps you feel like you can ease them in, even when the pump is setting in.

      Great Rack Base

        Black Diamond c4s are an industry staple in the cam world, so it makes sense to build the skeleton of your rack with a bunch of these bad boys! The 0.5-3 range cams are very very crucial to a rack and they are fantastic for LCC quartz monozite.

        Love at first sight

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Are you on the sharp end and need a security blanket? Reach down and plug a C4 and your spirit will be renewed. These are tried and true, best friend on the wall. I've had a long and beauty relationship these babies. Treat them well, make sure they are tucked in nice and snug in a crack, and they will return the favor.

        AKA Life Savers... :)

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I just started leading trad this year and was uncertain how to start my rack. Conor H. provided stellar advice in helping me build, beginning with this C4 package. These are so easy to use, they have fit in tiny places, big places, and hard to reach places. If you are looking to start building a trad rack I highly recommend starting with this package. I will be buying a double rack of these I am fairly certain :) Just took the rack to Smith for some really fun times this past week. They also helped me up some fun dihedrals in Vantage.

        I also bought the X4 package, and those are equally worth starting off with. These are great for the horizontals at the New!

        Thanks again Conor!

        AKA Life Savers... :)

        The Best Cam for this size

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I’m beginning in lead trad climbing and I’ve used different types of Cams, this ones are one of the easiest to use and makes bomber protections. Totally recommended and many betas use this cams for reference so it will be easier to climb with exactly the gear you need in many places. Way to go Black Diamond.

        Go Build a Trad Rack Already

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This set is a great way to get into trad climbing. They're durable, sleek, and easy to use. Saying anything more would only be echoing the hundred other five star reviews here. There's definitely a reason that the Camalot c4's are the gold standard in camming devices.

        Best way to build your rack

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Easy to use, light weight, bright colors.I learned to place gear with Black Diamond Cams and decided to purchase the same kind due to familiarity. Great thus far, already putting in work here in TN

        The best cams around

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        The black diamond camalots are the industry standard when it comes to caming devices. These cams cover such a wide range from small fingers to hands. The .5 to 3 pack is a great way to start a rack. Living in salt lake I purchased two of these and have been able to climb almost every route Ive come across. These thinks can also take a beating and keep on working perfectly!

        The bee's knees

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Having decided it was time to invest in some new pieces of shiny metal for my trad rack to go along with my well used Wild Country Tech Friends, I ordered this bundle deal to save some cash.
        Broke them in on some trad routes at Red River Gorge (Muir Valley) and fell in love. The head design means you can get them into cracks much more easily than my old Tech Friends due to the head being much more 'slim' when cammed than my old friends. As a result you can get the cam much further into the crack. This allows in my view more placement options.

        Smooth action, useful colour coding and great stem design add to the package.

        You wont regret adding a set of these to your rack...

        Why did the price of this package jump more than $50?


        So the price jump was due to BD switching things up.

        For a while their cams were being produced in China but they've began the process of transitioning the manufacturing back to the North America.

        Shoot me an email anytime you have climbing questions!

        Jared D.

        Expert Gearhead


        Unanswered Question

        How much would this set cost in GBP including...

        How much would this set cost in GBP including postage and packaging

        Ok, its decided, i AM going to purchase...

        Ok, its decided, i AM going to purchase SOME cams. But what i need to know now is, if I were to buy 3 cams, and a set of nuts + a set of hexes, which three cams should i buy to best (and most flexibly) diversify my rack?

        PS: I live in Central California and most routes will probably be straightforward granite cracks (e.g. Dome Rock; "The Tree Route").

        Best Answer

        Buy the cams that will fit best in the types of climbs you want to do. .4-.5 is fingers, 1-2 is hands, 3-4 is fists etc. If you don't know what you want to climb, .75-2 are a safe bet - and the ones I find myself using the most.

        I really like cams, and actually don't use hexcentrics at all - although they're light, cheap and strong i find them very slow to place, and a little funky. They do give you old school street cred though.

        Cams are indispensable, and make sure you get these BD C4's, they're the best value because you get the most expansion range for your dollar. I personally would recommend waiting until you have enough money for this set of 5 instead of buying just three, as you're DEFINITELY going to want more cams on your rack, and you'll save money in the long run. Have you considered buying the cams yourself and having your partner pick up the passive pro, slings, and carabiners?

        I'd also second the recommendation of finding a more experienced partner with a full rack who you can 2nd, lots of people are looking for partners on mountain project. Climbing on someone else's rack gives you the chance to learn what fits most often and what you like to use, without spending any money. As long as you supply the beer, that mentor will be stoked.

        Are cams really a must do for first time...

        Are cams really a must do for first time trad climbers. Im looking at building up a basic rack over time and on a pretty low budget and would like to know if cam's in general are worth the extra dough? Im looking right now at a balance between nuts and cams, but if i can cut costs i'd love to. Any help would be much appreciated.

        Try and Build up a rack slowly if you don't have a lot of money. If you have other people to climb with that have gear then its easy to use their stuff and find out for yourself what you will want on your rack.

        I know a lot of people including myself that start with cheaper stuff like a set of nuts, hexes, and tri-cams. These are all pretty cheap. Then you can start buying a cam or two here and there when you have the money.

        In the end though you need cams, there is no good way around it if you want to be a part of the modern sport.

        You could probably get away with not having cams at first depending on where you go and if you pick your routes wisely. Ultimately though like Matt said you will need to get cams but collecting them over time would work because they are kind of expensive.

        I'd almost recommend starting out not using cams at first because then you learn to use nuts, hexes, tricams appropriately. I've seen people who overuse cams and probably wouldn't be able to set great pieces using the non cam methods.

        I agree with the other climbers on learning with passive protection first. I spent over two years leading on nuts and hexes while saving for a full set of cams (cheaper to buy a full set or two full sets when some one will cut you a deal versus one at a time).

        The biggest advance for inexpensive pro in the last 20 years (my opinion) is large wired hexes. Large wired hexes handle the bigger cracks and are way easier to place than hexes slung with cord--don't bother with cord. On moderate multi-pitch and alpine routes I carry more large wired hexes and less cams for weight issues. You can also buy 3 or 4 of a single size versus one cam.

        Cams are a god-send in dire moments or in parallel sided smooth cracks, but I place the hexes and nuts when at good stances or where ever the rock allows and save the cams for terror mitigation. Also, think about where you are climbing and what kinds of pro issues the area serves up. Small cams (CCH Aliens under 1") have saved my bacon more so than my larger cams because small cracks tend to be harder for my fat fingers and toes to deal with. So when you do buy your first cams, think about the routes you want to attempt that are challenging your passive pro skills and buy those sizes first.

        Best Answer

        Short answer: YES! Cams are the bomb. Much to my girlfriend's dismay I sometimes bring mine to bed & sleep with them.

        Long answer: Everyone has it right with passive protection being the way to go. If I were you I'd buy one of the cams you'll end up double or tripling up on, such as the .75, 1, or 2... then load up on stoppers.

        The big issue with stoppers is they take a few pitches to really learn how to place fast. Start on the ground (of course!) & try aiding a little bit. When you head up the crag & start to get sketched, slot that cam and relax. With the cam having your back you can take all the time in the world to find a stopper placement. Once it's bombproof, take the cam out and move along!

        My vote goes for one or two cams, green to yellow, then double up on stoppers four to eleven or twelve. Once your passive style is dialed, THEN worry about having tons of cams.