Utilizing a double-axle design to allow for a better way to retract the cam lobes, the Black Diamond Camalot C4 cams have a larger expansion range than other products featuring the traditional single-axle cams.


This product has a large expansion range providing increased overlapping between sizes. This allows someone to carry less pieces and still cover all the necessary bases for proper climbing.

In addition, the cams have a continuous cable stem C-loop that is stronger and more durable than comparable products. This allows for the Black Diamond to maintain its flexibility in the coldest weather and still is capable of easy placement due to its rigid stem.

Using gloved hands, the ergonomically-designed trigger permits a climber to manipulate the cams easily and individually.

To make matters better, when a climber finds him or herself on soft rock, distribution of the load is easily accomplished due to the wide cam lobes. Likewise, the overall width of the product is narrow, meaning that placement in shallow cracks is more easily accomplished.


Black Diamond wasn’t just satisfied with a strong product, the company also focuses on identification by color coding the sewn-on nylon sling and cam lobes.


This product as reviewed is available in 10 sizes.

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Written by Roberta Montoya

Roberta Montoya is a world-class rock climber who’s faced countless challenges over the years. She was also on the 2000 Mexican Olympic volleyball team. Today, she works as a corrections officer while climbing during the weekends. Roberta lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

This Review Has 4 Comments

  1. Roy

    By far, this is the best cam you can find on the market today. Whether you need to add a quality piece to your rack or you simply are looking to start a new one, the camalot is far and away your best choice in camming devices. Personally, I’ve faced some major challenges on certain climbs, but the Black Diamond Camalot gives me some piece of mind no matter how dangerous it gets.

  2. Hos

    When using the Camalot, you know you are getting a quality that gives you piece of mind in the face of immense fear! If you use gloves like I do, the new trigger on the C4 is the way to go. It’s smooth and secure. With the double axle design, you know there is confidence in your actions. Keep in mind though that if you are using a .5 of smaller, you might want to look elsewhere.

  3. Gorilla

    When I first startd using BD cams, I learned that they had a better design that almost any other option of the market. The double axle is what makes it. When they are in the uncammed position, they can even be used as a chock. That’s unheard of with other types. Besides that, the lightweight action helps make the triggers amongst the smoothest in the world. While the price is a bit more stiff thatn the compeition, it is important to remember that when getting out there, it’s better to have the most durable cams you can get.

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