The Black Diamond C4 Camalot is a climbing cam for trad, big wall, and alpine climbing. The C4 offers the widest range of sizes in the Black Diamond collection of cams. The double-axle allows them to expand with a wider range than a single-axle unit, so you can take on more rock with less. The color coded Dyneema slings make grabbing them off your rack quick and simple. The Camalot is not the same as Camelot, no King Arthur to be found around here.
FEATURES of the Black Diamond C4 Camalot
Double-axle design offers widest range for each cam unit
C-Loop continuous cable stem design is strong and durable
Color-coded for easy identification and wide range of sizes
"The industry standard in dual axle cam design; a staple for every rack everywhere."
BD Camalots are my go to cam for general free and aid climbing. There are lighter cams out there but these cams are probably the most durable active pro you can buy. the thumb hole makes a great aider attachment point for aid climbing. The cams are also perfect in stiffness; flexible enough to adapt to placement but not too flexible to walk out.
Placing and clipping into one of these bomber cams is a relief. They aren't the absolute lightest but they feel so solid who cares. Their range is good because of the double axle and the flexible stem increases the placement possibilities. Also helps to prevent walking. This cam has become the standard for cams in their size range.
Everyone needs these cams. Out of all the cam's I have tried these are the best. #'s .75 1 and 2 are a must have on any trad climbers rack. Plus, the ranges of all these cams spans a huge gap. They're great. My first cams and most definitely will be my last ones as well. I'll use BD cams forever. Don't forget to get the neutrino rack pack with this for quick color recognition of the cams!
These are really great. I got into trad climbing last year and my set of C4s are always my go-to pieces. All my friends love borrowing this gear to lead on, it's the most standard thing out there and if you are swapping leads with someone and sharing gear, they'll appreciate having these cams. The thumb loops make them super easy to handle compared to a lot of other cams out there, including older models of the C4s that didn't have the thumb loop but only a stub to press against. If you are looking to buy these used, make sure to check that you are getting the more recent thumb loop versions. They aren't the lightest protection out there, but even on a long alpine trip, when I get to a vertical pitch I'd much rather have a cam I'm totally confident in, even if it means I carried an extra pound of weight.
Needless to say, the BD C4's are the best cams around. Their exceptional action and ease of placement makes these a joy to be above, knowing that they're going to do their job. The build quality is superb. There's no other way to go, the C4's are phenomenal.
Black diamond makes the best gear going. The C4 cam is amazing, they clean and place easily and are fairly light weight. The double axle design is much better than single axles because it places much easier. I would park my truck off of these things
Most people rave about then. I use my friends on trips. I like them, but I like my DMMs and Ultralights better. After about a year of use almost every component on them will have some slosh and play (wiggle room). Even when their brand new, some parts kind of just "float" around. I personally don't like this aspect. Other than that, their bomber, and work. what more could you ask for in a product.