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Black Diamond Camalot C4

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    Gold standard camming device.

    There are many reasons why most climbers rely on Black Diamond's Camalot C4 to save them when they fall. Just look around world-class climbing destinations like Yosemite and Indian Creek, and you're bound to see trad racks filled with Camalots. That's because this best-selling and most-trusted camming device boasts the original double axle design for an unparalleled performance. Double axles provide a larger placement range to give you more opportunities to place each cam in cracks ranging from offwidths to tight fingers. The double axle design also allows you to place the cam passively like a stopper. The Camalot also features a continuous cable stem for strength, an ergonomic thumb loop for easy handling, Black Diamond's patented sling for long-lasting durability, and a trigger with stops for easy cleaning.

    • Double-axle design
    • C-loop continuous cable stem
    • Color-coded anodizing
    • Item #BLD0839

    Tech Specs

    Placement Range
    [0.3] 0.54 - 0.92 in, [0.4] 0.61 - 1.05 in, [0.5] 0.77 - 1.32 in, [0.75] 0.94 - 1.62 in, [1] 1.19 - 2.05 in, [2] 1.46 - 2.55 in, [3] 2 - 3.46 in, [4] 2.6 - 4.51 in, [5] 3.36 - 5.85 in, [6] 4.5 - 7.68 in
    Strength
    [0.3] 8 kN, [0.4] 10 kN, [0.5] 12 kN, [0.75-6] 14 kN
    Cam Lobes
    4
    Axle
    double
    Stem
    single
    Claimed Weight
    [0.3] 2.65 oz, [0.4] 2.93 oz, [0.5] 3.49 oz, [0.75] 4.18 oz, [1] 4.8 oz, [2] 5.47 oz, [3] 7.1 oz, [4] 10.2 oz, [5] 13.4 oz, [6] 1 lb 4 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Superb Gear, Competition Catching Up Tho

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I started my rack with Camalots years ago and keep coming back. In most ranges they are a superb pieces, and the massive range of the whole set means you can keep one cam type from splitters to off-widths cracks. I have been recently impressed though by the updated Master cams which appear in superior in many ways, but I simply won't be replacing all the BD's because of it. In sized larger than 4, check out the Technical Friends instead. They are wider and have better stability.
    Black Diamond has major competition these days and needs to reinvent these (and I don't mean by charging outrageous prices for the UL's)

    Golden Standard

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I finally decided to buy my own cams after my partner (who has cams) moved to different city. I could have bought Black Diamond Ultralight, but I didn't want to spend extra $130 (or more) to shave off 239g.

    BTW, I just wanted to say BackCountry, you guys are awesome for going extra mile and being flexible to work with my unique situation.

    Thrift Shop

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'm gonna drop some cams only got 20 stoppers on my harness. I I'm climbin' lookin' just to go up, this is fucking awesome. Walkin' up the climb like wuddup I gotta big Camalot. I'm so pumped up off some cams I got at the gear shop, sand in the gears it's so damn dusty, people like "damn, that's a well-used cam D." Pluggin' em hella deep, rollin to Yosemite, Lycra's all pink cept my shoes, them's are green.

    I mean cmon

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Silly to review such a tried and true piece of gear but it does exactly what you need it to do... keep you from decking. Easy to plug easy to clean no frills, I often double with my partner who has DMM and I always seem to have a harder time cleaning and plugging his pro.

    Golden

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    There's a reason that Black Diamond Camalots are the gold standard for cams. They plug better, clean easier, and are easier to handle than most other out there. Other cams are great, but everyone should know what a Camalot feels like. Picked up another .3 to round out the rack, couldn't be happier.

    If you’re looking into climbing gear and are looking for a recommendation, give me a call or shoot me an email and I’d be happy to help you out with some recommendations.

    I’m typically in the office Monday-Friday and would love to talk, but if you call and I’m not in, make sure to leave the best number to call you back at or your email address in the voicemail.

    Phone: 801-204-4680
    Email: dgoodman@backcountry.com

    Good quality

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Black diamond c4's make up a majority of my trad rack along with DMM Dragon 2's and black diamond x4's. Cams will last a long time with proper treatment and are very light as well as easy to place. Highly recommend these cams.

    Particularly perfect in the desert.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Compared to competition, BD's C4 cams seem to be the most resilient for desert climbs. Sand simply doesn't wear out the trigger and axles as fast as other camming devices. I usually have to lube others before I touch the C4. There are certainly more attributes that make the C4 the "gold standard," but this particular attribute seems to be understated.

    Particularly perfect in the desert.

    #4

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Just added a #4 to my rack before a trip to the City and was very thankful to have it. Not much else to say that hasn't been said already, these are very well built devices and feel more secure than some of the competitors.

    When will you be getting more of the .3's?

    Where are the cams made?

    Will BC be getting more stock of the rest...

    Will BC be getting more stock of the rest of the sizes of c4's?

    Best Answer

    Hey Nikita,

    It looks like we've ordered some more of all the sizes, but they won't be arriving for a little while longer. Check back again at the end of January or beginning of February to see if we have them on the site!

    I was looking to get doubles for medium...

    I was looking to get doubles for medium size cams. Right now I have the C4 in #0.5 through #3. Should I just buy another set of C4s or should I double with Helium Friends? If I were to buy Heliums, I was thinking I would get sizes #1.5 through #3 as "in-between" sizes of the C4s. Thanks!

    Best Answer

    Kohman,

    Depending on where you are climbing and your familiarity with different brands of cams (or your willingness to learn the different sizes), either the Black Diamond C4s or Wild Country Heliums will get the job done. Both are great camming devices that offer smooth trigger action, user friendly color-coded anodization, and anatomical thumb loop on a single stem design. The main difference between the two is the axle design, the Black Diamond C4 is a double axle which creates a wider expansion range (less cams, more range) compared to the Wild Country Helium which is a single axle design, resulting in a smaller expansion range. The Heliums may help to bridge a gap between sizes in the BD C4s, but lack the same wide expansion range that makes the C4 cams so popular.

    If I can only buy ONE Camalot to start out...

    If I can only buy ONE Camalot to start out with (since I'm just beginning my rack), which size gets used most often and would do me the most good until I can afford others? I'm a beginning climber . Thanks!

    Thats a pretty impossible question to answer. Really depends on where you're climbing and the size of the cracks you're climbing. Personally, I'd go with a #1 or #2...seem to always find a spot for both of those regardless of where I'm climbing.

    Correct me if I am wrong, I thought you...

    Correct me if I am wrong, I thought you were NOT supposed to clip the steel cable thumb loop! Metal on metal = bad?

    "The C4s include a thumb loop that makes them about a billion times easier to place one handed, and gives you a second point to clip in to."

    You can totally clip into the thumb loop. Metal on metal is fine as long as a rope is in the system. The nylon sling does little to absorb shock, because it's so short, so it pretty much makes no difference. That said, unless you're aid climbing, clipping to the loop will make your cam walk without fail.

    The wire loop can be used as a clip in point while aid climbing to gain an extra few inches, which was not an option with the previous style camalot. That said, it should not be used as a clip in point while free climbing. The BD camalots now have a special, wider nylon sling that utilizes a frost-knot like double up across the wire loop to better distribute the load onto the wire loop. See the article titled "QC Lab - Re-slinging camalots and C3's" on the Black Diamond website for a very scientific breakdown of how this works in real world climbing scenarios.

    Hey I want to buy set from 0.5 to 3 but I...

    Hey I want to buy set from 0.5 to 3 but I wanted to double up a couple of sizes. Which ones should I double the best for the first time? .75 to 2?

    Best Answer

    Mike,
    If your starting your own gear rack, and you have friends with plenty of gear to share, a single set of these is nice (0.5-3). It tells your friends you want to help, without making a bold statement. Eventually though, you will find yourself doubling up on all these main cam sizes, then the micro cams, then the monster cams. Cams are the meat and potatoes of any gear rack, and they hardly ever go to waste on most climbs. As with all tech gear, be sure you understand their proper use and placement. Climb safe.

    Thanks You for reply! Thats right, Im collecting my first rack, but i wanted to double some sizes 2- 3 sizes on the start since I have got money right now and in my country cams are VERY expensive so I wanted take this opportunity to buy them cheapper. Maybe green and purple You think? Or it doesn't really matter which ones I'll double right now.

    Bottom line Mike, every climb is different, and some will require more of the smaller cams while others need larger ones. As a climber and someone who has many climbing friends, we all own and use the 0.5-3 sizes pretty regularly, with the occasional micro-cam or larger cam thrown into the mix. It doesnt really matter what sizes you double up on, because sooner or later, each size will find its use. If you have the time, check out what your climbing friends have more of, or see what is recommended for the climbs/crags in your area. You can also check out the Omega Pacific Link Cam, which has the size range of three cams (NEATO!) Otherwise, mix and match and just have fun with awesome gear.

    http://www.backcountry.com/omega-pacific-link-cam

    James has great advice, and I'd second everything he said, except for the part about the Link Cams. I would steer you away from OP Link cams (as a beginner), because they are much more difficult to evaluate than C4's, plus they're heavy and expensive to boot.

    Here's a straight answer:
    If i wasn't trying to supplement a friend's rack, and had to choose three C4's to own in addition to this set, I would get either (.4, .75, 1) or (.4, 1, 2), assuming you also end up buying some Wallnuts

    Dear Mike,

    Actually, if I were you, I would buy a set of stoppers, and once you've climbed with them for a few months and are really confident with them, buy the #1 and #2 cams. And for your first week or two climbing with the stoppers, climb on top-rope and place them as you normally would, or you'll be trading for the first time and see all of your nuts falling out of your placements and freak out. At least that's what I am doing. Good luck!

    These are an excellent set of starter nuts, so here's the link for them: http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/climb/protection/stopper-set-no-4-13

    why are only 2 of the 4 lobs colored on...

    why are only 2 of the 4 lobs colored on these? are these cammers blemmed?

    Hi, does anyone know the drop test load...

    Hi, does anyone know the drop test load on the Black Diamond?

    i'm in the process of building my trad...

    i'm in the process of building my trad rack and am about to order a set of BD camalots (#0.5-3). after that my young rack will consist of the cam set, a set of BD nuts, set of BD hexes, and an additional #1 and 2x #2 camalots. my question is, if i were to buy one additional cam to supplement my set, which size should i get? i was thinking either #0.3 or #5, but am not sure which will really be more useful. if it helps, a majority of my climbing is done on sandstone in the Red River Gorge, KY.

    Best Answer

    Get the #.3. The largest i have is a #4 and have only used it 1 or 2 times. The #.3 will be more useful (where you are). I would also add you may be better off getting some smaller 3 cam units like C3s...maybe a #1 and #2. Plus the large hexes can be placed sideways and make pretty good #3-#4 camalot sizes. Good luck.

    The #5 looks neat but who really wants to climb a nasty offwidth, which is the only place you could use it. Plus the thing weighs like a 100 lbs. Buy either the .3, a .75, #1 or #2. Think fingers and fists. Those are the sizes you will be using most at this point in the game. good luck.

    Can anyone compare Camalots to wild country...

    Can anyone compare Camalots to wild country technical friends? I have a way to get the wild country cams at almost 30% off, where as I'll have to pay full price for camalots, and I'm trying to decide if its worth the extra cost to base a rack on camalots rather than friends.

    Best Answer

    I've used both, but prefer Wild Country Friends as they are lighter (a standard rack of 8 cams weighs 4 ounces lighter with Friends) and have always felt smoother than Camalots. Range differences are minor, Camalots are a few mm wider most sizes. Regarding the strength comment - Friends and Camalots are rated the same, although in smaller sizes, Friends are actually rated higher. I've had Friends on my rack for 25+ years and they simply work.

    compare this cam to the trango max cams.

    compare this cam to the trango max cams.

    Best Answer

    Trango makes good stuff - I have and use a set of the Flexcams. In all honest-to-goodness, even though your range for the Max Cam is a little bit better than the C4, with the C4s, you don't have one of the axles floating. This becomes really important if your cam walks back into a flaring-back crack - it still can act as passive protection. Maybe get your C4s for your workhorse cams, then keep a couple Max Cams as panic pieces or for blind placements where having a big range to get a piece in as quickly as possible is more important than anything else.

    Here's all the numbers for both of them:
    http://www.bdel.com/gear/detail/camalots_detail.php#compare
    http://www.trango.com/pdfs/CamSpecs.pdf