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Black Diamond Camalot C3

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Black Diamond Camalot C3
3.9 out of 5 based on 19 user reviews.

Cred: 40569
Review by marks on Mar. 31, 2007
Black Diamond's response to the alien market. The narrow heads allow you to protect pin scars. Thumb catch is excellent for short clipping (aid climbing) and easy placements.
70 dollars a piece this size hurts.
Aliens, Wild Country zeros, metolius.

Cred: 888
Review by ErikW on Aug. 05, 2009
Pin-scar slayer. Ok, not entirely, but it is the best small cam unit out there for everyday narrow placements. Action is smooth and predictable. BD quality control definitely confidence inspiring compared to CCH's problems. Doesn't have the over-camming trap of Mastercams (seen a lot of folks get those stuck).
Far too expensive. That said, I bought them.... wasn't comfortable anymore climbing on Aliens. Sometimes the rubber sleeve prevents cam from slotting at perfect angle for downward pulls (rare though).
TCU's or Mastercams

Cred: 2509
Review by livextreme41 on Jun. 10, 2009
really solid piece, flexible for various placements, took a fall on the #0 and held bomber.
super expensive, not as durable as other options.
my main complaint is that the trigger retracts the lobes about 95% of the way, this causes the cams to get stuck easily if they walk even the slightest bit. They can be very difficult to remove and frequently require a nut tool to move the cams that last 5% to get unstuck.
aliens or tcu's

Cred: 881
Review by evanwish on Nov. 05, 2009
-Very narrow head
-very flexible in horizontals.
-feel really secure
-cam pivots alot around middle lobe while it walks, great for booty'ing gear from people who aren't used to that yet... ;]
-not much individual cam manipulation.
-clog with dirt
aliens and TCU's (and others, i just have experience with these two)

Cred: 4460
Review by jonnymtman on Dec. 10, 2010
At first I loved these. Great strength for size, small head, and durable. I will keep and continue to use the 0,1 and 2 sizes.
After a good year of use I find that they walk a lot and the ridged design torques the cam during a fall. They are decent enough but Metolius has a better design for small cams
Metolius Master cams

Cred: 218
Review by NorCalNomad on Mar. 01, 2013
Stupid narrow head width, best non offset cam for pin scars, durability
The trigger wires if they break are a pain to fix

Cred: 190
Review by tande140 on Jan. 07, 2008
These clog with dirt easily, cost a ton, and are Not superior to Metolius
When buying small cams, buy Metolius

Cred: 1073
Review by scottydo on Sep. 03, 2008
Totally bomber! Look really cool. Really easy to place.
Some say Aliens, Metolius Mastercam.

Cred: 3
Review by woolfclimber on Aug. 12, 2008
strong, small, fits pin scars
had a triger wire break on the red while aid climbing
tcus, or old aliens if you have them

Cred: 2
Review by andybeanit on Sep. 16, 2010
seems to hold bomber
trigger wire on red one broke the second time i used it! and not even from falling on it!!! just somehow popped off i can't for the life of me fix the damn thing b/c of the way it was put together. and now that i look at its construction, i wonder how strong or durable it really is...
buy Metolius or some other small cam...

Cred: 52
Review by chadtchris on Mar. 18, 2011
thumb hole is amazing, easy to place. BD end of story

Cred: 324
Review by fb_503226040 on Jan. 18, 2008
they're so pretty.

Cred: 6
Review by fb_744652008 on Jan. 20, 2008
pretty good and quite reassuring when you have a tiny crack that nothing else fits in

Cred: 21
Review by fb_677772540 on Feb. 28, 2008
narrow head with enough metal contact
not that durable

Cred: 11
Review by Justin Dansby on Sep. 02, 2008
Good for small placements.
Flexible but could use improvement.

Cred: 10
Review by Regoldstein on Aug. 02, 2011
Reliable and tough great holding strength and placements

Cred: 9
Review by fb_40302128 on Feb. 04, 2008
I feel great every time I place one

Cred: 99
Review by climbercam on Mar. 15, 2011
Walk without extending placement.

Cred: 0
Review by fb_10714645 on Feb. 18, 2008
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