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Black Diamond Camalot Ultralight

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    Details

    A quarter lighter is a quarter lighter.

    Black Diamond shaved a quarter of the weight off its best-selling camming device to make the Camalot Ultralight 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 three number threes up Castleton's North Face, numerous threes and fours for Lone Peak's Hyperform, or a desert rack up Washer Woman, 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
    • Item #BLD00HZ

    Tech Specs

    Placement Range
    [0.4] 15.5 - 26.7 mm, [0.5] 19.6 - 33.5 mm, [0.75] 23.9 - 41.2 mm, [1] 30.2 - 52.1 mm, [2] 37.2 - 64.9 mm, [3] 50.7 - 87.9 mm, [4] 66 - 114.7 mm
    Strength
    [0.4] 8 kN, [0.5] 10 kN, [0.75 - 4] 12 kN
    Cam Lobes
    4
    Axle
    double
    Stem
    single, [core] Dyneema
    Claimed Weight
    [0.4] 2.15 oz, [0.5] 2.61 oz, [0.75] 3.14 oz, [1] 3.56 oz, [2] 4.44 oz, [3] 5.89 oz, [4] 7.96 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Good For Big Days

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These work just as well as the ol' standard c4 except they weigh a bit more and might not last 20 years. I'd get a rack of these for those big adventure climbs to go fast and light. Save 'em for those big days and save the classic c4s for everyday use and they should last a darn long time.

    Specs on Total Weight Reduction

      I have a double rack of C4's 0.3 - 4 and I was curious about the potential weight saving weight with ultralights, so I did some calculations. A rack of ultralights .4 - 4 is approximately 8.1 ounces lighter than the C4's, meaning that a double rack would be 16.2 (or 1 lb) less than a double rack of C4's. I decided to switch out my positron quickdraws for OZ quickdraws and OZ Alpine draws (12 total- 6 standard and 6 alpine) which cut 16.8 ounces from my rack. I considered the quick/apline draw exchange to be more worthwhile because it's rare that I take two 4's up with me, but I always take my quickdraws from extending and placing nuts. All in all it just depends how much you care about weight and what kind of climbing you like to do (wide stuff is more worth it to get in ultralights) There are the deets, up to you from here!

      Worth it!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Super light. Great way to shed gear weight if you're working with a double or triple rack. Also great for trips into the alpine when you have a solid trek ahead of you before you go vertical. Shed weight but not performance, great investment!

      Game Changers... So Light!

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      I bought a #0.75 for one of my friend's as a gift to add to his rack. Here is what he had to say:

      Confidence has a new acronym: U L C 4. I used to think the ultralights were for weight weenies, and then I carried a rack of these things around at the creek over one weekend and saw the light. Now I have 2 racks of the ultralights. They really have changed the game for me, from long alpine approaches and pitches to the laser cracks of the creek, the savings in weight is substantial and you can feel it. These are definitely my go to rack for almost any objective I have planned. I will continue to buy these bad larrys until BD creates something even lighter in which case... I should probably start scouring for pennies now...

      Love them!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These are super light but yet feel super durable. I trust these suckers!! Highly recommend these to anyone looking to enter the vertical world that is looking for a lighter harness. Great for weight weenies! They are beautiful.

      Structural Failure Resulted in Injury

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      A size 0.4 ultralight had a structural failure that resulted in an injury. The lobes are rather thin if placed near the tighter end of the acceptable range. This is because there is a whole in the cam head to allow for the dual axle design. See the report here http://bit.ly/2OTuhz2 for pictures and more info.

      Notice the compression of the lobe near the top of the picture relative to the outline of the opposite lobe on the same cam (the green line). The deformation is due to compression of the thin area into the hole below.

      Structural Failure Resulted in Injury

      Pretty hard to say that the sam was responsible for the injury considering that the placement is infinitely more important than the slightly misshapen lobe. That being said, I'm sorry to hear an injury occurred at all. Best wishes.

      Great for Alpine Adventures

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These are a great supplement to regular C4s for alpine adventures! Not as durable but they aren't supposed to be and the weight savings is significant. I would not suggest starting your rack with ultralights but if you're filling in multiple sizes I would highly suggest them.

      Super light!

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      Got this cam for my dad and brother and they really like how light it really is. It helps with the gear load on long hikes in but as mentioned in other reviews the weight of the cam could affect the life expectancy of the cam.

      Light as a Feather

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These cams are great if you have to carry them very far. The light weightness of them is very noticeable when you have the old cams and new ones in your hands. With that said, I would caution buying these for everyday use at your local crag. As all lightweight gear tends to be they just wont last as long with the same amount of abuse. Buy the old cams for your regular use and buy these for going high into the alpine where weight makes a difference whether you make it to the summit or not.

      LIGHT. Love them.

        My rack is all regular C4 doubles except I have a #.4, #3 and #4's that are Ultralights. Therefore, I am constantly comparing the two.

        I have NOT taken a fall on one of these yet. So this review is based on placements, walking, usability and field experience.

        - Light. Per expected. And impressively so. Compared to a standard C4 the difference is very evident.

        - Places nicely. Goes in, stays put. Good trigger action. I have not had any trigger wire issues like some others have voiced concerns with.

        More time will tell how much less durable then these are then the regular C4. Obviously if you're taking whippers on your cams each outing, maybe stick with the bomber standard. But if you love saving weight on the rack and you can afford the price tag (and these are $$$$), then go for it. I like having both: save some weight but also keep the gold standard as the lion's share of my rack.

        weight weenies

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        When im headed out do to fast and long climb these make it so much better. I really love these when the approach is an hour or longer. I'm not nearly as tired when i get to the climb which means i get climb harder! Performance wise these have done well for me. I think they are worth the money. Not that i have anything against the heavier versions but these are quite awesome.

        A light weight C4

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Here's my impression on these cams after ~500 pitches on them...I've used them for a mix of aid and free climbing. They've been weighted in weird horizontals, a few falls and the wear on them is pretty comparable to what you'd find on a C4. I haven't had any problems with the triggers like others have mentioned. They're pretty much just a light C4.
        I notice the weight savings more in my hand while placing the piece rather than in the back pack.

        My thoughts on them and their extra price is they're worth it if you make it your work horse cam. They're holding fine up to the abuse. Given the shorter shelf life compared to a steel cabled stem, might as well put them to use rather than sitting around waiting for only the go light missions.

        WORTH IT - still bomber as Hell.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Field-tested these Cams before they were released. Hiked them into the Winds 12+ miles and my back was super stoked to carry less weight. I still brought small (non ultra light cams) on my Alpine rack. Bought a double rack of them for my personal rack a month later. ..But I will for sure be putting these on my Indian Creek rack for Creeksgiving.
        **When you need ten #1's for a climb - it's time for weight consciousness.


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        WORTH IT - still bomber as Hell.

        Bomba!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have been a avid C4 fan since I started climbing trad, and have traditionally (pun intended) doubled up in the C4's - sometimes over other cams of lighter weight.

        When these came out, I was at first slightly concerned about durability. Then I started thinking about them in terms of application and durability and where ultimately they fit into my rack and came up with a few great features.

        1) They are not, and never will be, the workhorse of my rack. That job falls to the C4's and Totem cams that have always held that coveted spot. The Ultralights are my "doubles" and "triples" in some cases. They are not the cam I reach for when I am cruxing - while they would do just fine (i know because I actually fell on a .75 - yes, I fall a lot when trying above my pay grade) - they often see less action. I think about them as a supplemental piece - because usually I am not falling, and in the chance that I do fall, what is the chance its on an UL and if I did they hold a fall just great. The thinking here is to increase the longevity of the UL's.

        2) Weight savings. I am surprised at how much lighter these are to their C4 counterparts. The #4 is so much lighter than the OG - i'm able to leave it on my rack permanently, where before I would leave it in the truck or at home. I can make more open route decisions up at the crag with a more full rack. The ability to double up in these is great.

        3) Where they shine is in the alpine, or on long approaches. First is the mentality of the alpine - "The leader doesn't fall" - that being said, IT HAPPENS. but for the weight savings and the off chance that you do fall, these are trucker.

        The biggest questions it seems everyone has on these is LONGEVITY OF DURABILITY. If these are used correctly, i.e. - you really shouldn't have to fall on them - they will seemingly last a long while. But if you do find yourself, like me, slipping and falling one of these - have piece of mind that they held me like a champ.

        The C4 got a hair cut. and they are looking stylishhh.

        right now there is only a .75, 3 and 4 available... i'm looking to buy an ultralight #6. are they just currently sold out and will be available again soon? and what would the price be for that?