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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 35 reviews)

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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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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! Camalots for life!

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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.

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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.

 
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

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Pros

  • Easy to place
  • Highly Adjustable
  • Lightweight
  • secure

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    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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    4.0

    Some sizes are incredible.... One is average, and one is dissapointing....

    By Samuel

    from Zion National Park, Utah, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

    I absolutely LOVE the .1, .2, .4, .5 sizes. They are an incredible addition to my rack. The .4 might just be the best cam ever made! They fit anywhere, are easy to remove, and have a very narrow profile which makes them great in Zion (where I live and climb) and other desert climbing locations. The .3 size is good, but a .3 C4 has a double axle. The double axle makes for a great cam stop (which the small X4's don't have.... A lot has been written about the lack of cam stops on the small (.3-.1) X4's. I think that in sacrificing camstops they have made a more narrow profile, thus improving the X4 in pods and wonky placements. I absolutely HATE the .75 X4. It's head is too big for its stem. This causes it to flop around. Hard to place reliably on lead. The .75 C4 is way better. I would recommend buying a .5, .4, .2, .1 X4 rack with .75 and .3 C4's to complement them. They are a little more expensive, but are worth the price to add more depth to your rack. Overall an incredible family of cams with one black sheep that should be avoided and one good cam that just isn't as good as the equivalent C4.

     
    5.0

    Love placing these!

    By Mathew

    from Anchorage, AK

    Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

    Smooth action cam with a very flexible and durable stem. The flex and durability of the stem makes sticking them deep in cracks, or horizontally, more confidence inspiring (especially for the smallest sizes).

     
    5.0

    Flexable, Smooth

    By Coby

    from New Hampshire

    Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

    I really like the new BD Camalot X4! I think my favorite new feature is the flexibility of the stem and the smooth trigger! I have added some of the smaller sizes to my rack because of the narrower head and larger expansion range. I highly recommend these cams.

     
    5.0

    Stable and smooth

    By Garrett

    from Colorado

    Comments about Black Diamond Camalot X4 Cam:

    The X4 line provides a versatile addition to the small cam market. They seem durable and have a smooth action (superior to C3s in my opinion). Narrow head width allows for decent placements in pods or pin scars, and the available offsets really shine for this application. So far some of my favorite pieces in their size.

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