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Climbers might have Ultralight and Offset Camalots these days, but Black Diamond hasn't upgraded the original C4 in over a decade. Or at least, it hadn't. The new Black Diamond Camalot C4 is now lighter and more convenient than ever before. This generation is 10% lighter than the previous, and while the Ultralights weigh 17% lighter than last decade's C4, this new generation didn't forgo the strength that Ultralights did. The shape, camming angle, and placement ranges are all the same as the original Camalot—because if it isn't broken, don't fix it—Black Diamond simply removed as much weight as possible without inhibiting strength.
This Camalot generation isn't just lighter than the last generation; it's also more convenient than any cam Black Diamond has ever made. For starters, Black Diamond made the larger cams with stiffer stems and the smaller cams with more flexible stems so they all have the same flex; the 6 no longer feels wobblier than the .3. The larger cams have unique trigger keepers that lock the Camalots in a camming position to reduce racking volume, and the keepers detach with a simple pull of the trigger when you're climbing. Cams with the same color (5 and .5, for example) now come with bi-color slings for easier identification, and the sling's tags are tucked underneath the shorter bar-tacks for a cleaner look. Black Diamond also redesigned the tread pattern for a new look to commemorate a brand new generation of Camalots.
- New generation of the Camalot C4 is 10% lighter than its predecessor
- Same shape, camming angle, and placement ranges as the previous C4
- Bi-color slings differentiate small and large cams of similar color
- Single stem and double axle design doubles as cam stops
- Large thumb loop provides a clip-in point for aid climbers
- New tread pattern commemorates a brand new generation of Camalots
- Sizes 4, 5, and 6 cams have trigger keepers to reduce racking volume
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- Q & A
Ultimate Big Cams
The #5 and 6 are a HUGE improvement compared to old C4's. The trigger keeper is invaluable. Carrying larger cams is less of a hassle and they don't get caught on other gear when on my harness. Weights savings is also good. Have not used the #4 but I want to sell my Ultralight and get the C4 #4 because of the trigger keeper.
Lighter and Better
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
How do you make one of the greatest lines of cams on the market even better? Shave weight, make the big cams less floppl and, make a few smart design tweaks.
I was fortunate enough to climb on theses down in the Creek this fall. The new #4-#6 were especially noticeable so my review focuses on these sizes. The weight savings on these sizes are noticeable and incredible! The new #6 is an especially nice addition as the head width is a almost an inch wider. This makes this big cam significantly more stable than the old #6.
The trigger keepers are nice and work well when racked with a normal rack, but do occasionally come undo when only racking big cams.
If you're looking to buy some big cams definitely go for the new C #4-6. You won't be disappointed.
Details of BD's C4 updates
WeighMyRack filmed BD's climbing director walking through all the cam changes/updates.
Old C4's were already amazing
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Now they're lighter. The new trigger keepers for the larger sizes seem gimmicky, but they are oh so worth it. Makes racking and packing so much easier. Don't have to use tiny sticks or pens anymore.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Simply put - the Camalot C4 has been the standard on everyone's rack for a decade now. And they have never let me down. They are the cam i have always reached for, whipped on, and consistently trust.
These NEW C4's are the next generation on a legacy cam series - and they are a clear upgrade. As soon as you hold one of these up to an old C4 - you might do what i did and think "yes, it is 2018". Beyond the lighter weight design, the change in the stem stiffness, the lobe pattern, and the color mark on the sling - they just look and feel sleeker, and more modern.
And the trigger keeper on the large sizes is game changing. The number 4 racks about as small as a #2 with the trigger keeper. Wouldn't be surprised to see this update come to other cam manufacturers.
The new platinum standard.