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Because hands and fists are everyone's jam.
The Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome and Castleton's North Chimney have three things in common: they're classics on every climber's multi-pitch list, they have long approaches, and they require double or triple racks. With those three facts in mind, Black Diamond's Camalot Ultralight - Hand and Fist Size #1-3 Package is an essential piece to every sender's arsenal.
Black Diamond shaved a quarter of the weight off its best-selling camming device to make these Camalots more appropriate for long approaches and alpine climbing. A critical glance will show that each cam weighs a couple ounces less than its appropriately sized C4 counterpart, and although that doesn't seem like much, when you're hauling triple racks up eight miles of steep trails, these ultralight beauties really make a world of difference.
Black Diamond achieved a lighter weight out of the already light C4 by replacing the stem with continuous Dyneema rope infused in plastic. Black Diamond also optimized the stem and thumb loop to enhance ergonomics while placing and cleaning. But the double-axle design for passive placements, as well as the color-coded design, Black Diamond left unchanged, because if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
- Camalot Ultralight is 25% lighter than the C4
- Double-axle design offers the widest range
- Dyneema core stem design is strong, durable, and low-profile
- 14mm Dyneema tape sling
- Ergonomically optimized stem and thumb loop
- Color-coded anodization
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- Q & A
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you want to shave the most weight these sizes (and the #4) are where it is at. I find the smaller ULs are stiffer and more prone to walking if not extended, so I'll side with the dragons or friends for those smaller ranges.