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Camalot X4 Cam

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Black Diamond’s Camalot X4 redefines thin-crack protection.

Stacked axles (sizes .1,.2, and .3) give you unparalleled expansion range while maintaining the ultra-narrow head you need for pin scar placements. Larger sizes (.4, .5, and .75) borrow from Black Diamond’s proven double-axle designs. A flexible stem limits walking and opens up placement options while distinctive aluminum beads armor the cable stem in an area where other cams can wear. Integrated cam springs keep the head small and sleek yet deliver Black Diamond’s famously smooth action. Lightweight, color-coded Dyneema slings provide instant identification.


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Black DiamondCamalot X4 Cam
 
4.7

(based on 39 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Little wonders

I've been climbing with the new X4s for over a year. I climbed with a few generations of prototypes and all I can say is that the final version is the by far the...Read complete review

I've been climbing with the new X4s for over a year. I climbed with a few generations of prototypes and all I can say is that the final version is the by far the best small cam I ever used. The extra range they offer (with the SAT) is surprisingly big even for the smaller sizes. The narrow head width makes them really good for pin scars. The X4s are a must for every trad climbers!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Reduced effective range

These cams are great because they have a narrower head than the Camalots. However, they have a tendency to get stuck much like Wild Country Friends. The lobes do not retract fully when...Read complete review

These cams are great because they have a narrower head than the Camalots. However, they have a tendency to get stuck much like Wild Country Friends. The lobes do not retract fully when the trigger has been maxed out however the lobes can be forced to retract further than the trigger can control. This results in the cam being able to walk in to placements much tighter than the trigger is able to release. As you probably know any cam can get stuck however these get stuck much easier than the C4's. This reduced trigger function also reduces the functional range of the camming device which is perhaps the greatest benefit of a double axle cam. If you compare a camalot next to an X4 you will understand what I am talking about. This all being said, I have the two smallest offset X4's and they do not share this issue so I love them!

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5.0

Good Stuff

By Switchback Sam

from Denver, CO

About Me Avid Climber

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Double Axles
  • Narrow Width

Cons

  • Heavier Than Metolius

Best Uses

  • Trad Climbing

Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

The X4's are awesome cams. You can't go wrong with them.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Solid

By Elliott

from DC

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Highly Adjustable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor

    Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

    This is pretty good, just trying it out now.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great, innovative camalot

    By Jason

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

    I didn't think the C4 could be improved upon, but these things are amazing!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    When you are reluctant to place a nut or stopper

    By Tad

    from WA

    Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

    These come into their own when you are on what I call a nut eater crack. You know the kind, they always have a "permanent" piece someone had to leave behind. Or, you have to take a nut tool and something to hit it to get your own nuts free.
    When you don't want your second fumbling for what seams like hours, trying to extract a jammed nut. These cams replace all that.
    Yes there is a weight penalty but the speed and ease of use, can out weigh that.
    These cams are the best of the mini cam bunch.

     
    5.0

    Great for Narrow Placements

    By James

    from Sauk County, WI, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

    I climb a lot at Devil's Lake in Wisconsin, and the narrow head of the X4's allow them to fit where comparable C4's don't. The micro sizes are great and have become my go-to tiny cam. I've taken a sizable whipper onto a well-place .2 and belayed while a .2 with only three lobes engaged held an even bigger fall. If you climb in an area with finicky, shallow placements, then X4's should be your standard small cams.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    lots of metal against the rock on tiny cams

    By Christopher

    from Boulder, CO, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

    I've recently come back to trad climbing, as I'm always pretty motivated to find new stuff to climb on. After three consecutive seasons of opening new boulders at Indian Creek, I was keen to climb the same kind of moves on the cliffs. Most of the routes I'm looking for are not really easy to protect, or have tiny seams not really big enough to climb, especially for my fat sloper fingers. The .1 and .2 X4s have been really nice to have on these routes. I feel good about 'em, even runout on Wingate sandstone.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    As expected

    By Daniel

    from Astoria, OR

    Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

    Great cam. I haven't taken a fall on these yet, but I certainly like them. Felt the need to add some smaller cams to my rack and I've used these several times at Red Rocks and loved them.

     
    5.0

    The next step in cams

    By John

    from Colorado springs, co

    Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

    The range each cam can do is amazing and they are placed so easily

     
    5.0

    Leave it to BD to make it better...

    By Marc

    from Ketchum, ID, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

    The X4 design looks strikingly like the original Alien and the Metolius Master Cam, but leave it to BD to make it better. Durable design, flawless function, and familiar sizing make this my go to cam for small to medium placements. My only critique is that the X4s are heavier than standard Camalots... Hopefully the engineers will figure out a way to save a few onces in the future.

     
    5.0

    Love these things! Absolutely bomber in thin cracks

    By Ted

    from Chicago

    About Me Avid Climber

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to place
    • Highly Adjustable
    • Lightweight
    • secure

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Lead climbing
      • Long Climbs
      • Outdoor

      Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

      Came in handy leading in Wisconsin. I felt like there were a lot of smaller cracks that fit these perfectly, and the placements were absolutely secure and bomber even with the smaller size. Great especially for deeper thin cracks where a tricam would be too hard to place.

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