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 only problems anyone would have with a C4 camalot is a) The amount of play in the cams lobes or b) the stiffness of the stem.The play in the lobes gives increased flexibility to placements and the stem stiffness gives the cam greater strength.Everyone I know climbs with these, I bought them for that reason, along with the fact that it's helpful to have gear which people and guidebooks cite for pro most often.
There is no good reason not to own a set of these. Bomber/durable, great range, not the cheapest but not the most expensive and the price is fair for what you get. They are so ubiquitous in the USA that beta will always be given in terms of C4's ("bury a yellow in the crack below the crux"). It's useful to be accustomed to these just because chances are they're likely what your partners will bring and you'll climb on them often.In thin hand sizes or larger there's really nothing better (Dragons are nice/light with the extendable sling, but more expensive and no reslinging options for those thin slings stateside last I heard). For smaller sizes there's a bigger market and it's worth checking out Aliens, X4, Mastercam, Totem - it comes down to personal preference.
These cams are great and I have put many hours on them. They are simple to place, have a very smooth action, and can be placed with bomber strength. They are not as fancy as some of the newer cams out there, but they are priced well and a great place to start when building your rack from scratch. I would recommend these to everyone and their mothers.
"Awesome cams! Super dependable and bulletproof!"
Been using a set of these for 2 years now and have never had a problem with them. Color coding makes it easy to pick out which size you want right when you need it. Good spring tension when compared to some of the other brands of cams out there. I have used mine all the way from desert sandstone in Utah to granite slabs in North Carolina and these cams seem to stay in place no matter what type of rock they get placed into.
"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!