Black Diamond C3 Camalot – Rock Climbing Gear Review

Climbing Gear Rating: 9.2 – Excellent

With 30% less head width than other tri-cam units, the Black Diamond C3 Camalots will fit in shallow seams and ultra-thin cracks.

Quality Ratings:

1. Price
8
Good
2. Weight
10
Excellent
3. Quality
10
Excellent
4. Functionality
8
Good
5. Features
10
Excellent
Total
9.2
Excellent

 
1. Price: Sizes 000 – 2, $69.95

2. Weight: 000 – 55g, 0 – 59g, 2 – 66g

3. Quality: The three interlocking cams are driven with compression springs holding the cam tightly in place. The cables are covered in a hard plastic casing protecting the cables yet still allowing for flex over edges. The cable loops are large enough to clip in short.

4. Functionality: The interlocking cams allow for a fit in very tight and shallow cracks. These cams can fit where most tri cam units cannot go. The compression springs help hold the cam lobes in place but they also make for a tight trigger pull.

5. Features: Thin and light, three cams that don’t sit next to each other like other tri-cam units. Because the cams are interlocking, these cams can fit in shallow seams and cracks.

THE GOOD
• Unique structure allows for gear placements never before possible
• Compression springs that drive each cam holding the cam tightly in place
• Thin and light fitting in tight spots
• High quality compression

THE BAD
• High quality construction comes with a high price! These cams cost roughly 1/3 more than other brands
• The trigger action is quite stiff

THE TEST
I’ve used these cams on a favorite trad route of mine. There is a runout section that follows up a very shallow crack unprotectable with any other gear. I was able to use one of these cams to protect that section easing my fear of not being able to pull out the roof crack and falling quite a ways down. The compression springs hold the cam tight and even if the trigger is stiff they still place quickly and are easy to inspect.

THE CONCLUSION
These cams are light weight, high quality and packed with incredible features that will quickly win you over from buying other brand’s tri-cam units. And even with the high price tag you will still reach for these cams when confronted with that shallow seam on the dreaded run out section of your favorite climb.

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