With the five cams in the Black Diamond Camalot C3 Package, you're covered from fingers all the way down to, 'Well, time for the aiders.' Thanks to a uniquely narrow head profile, the Camalot C3 fits in places where other cams simply won't go. The Camalot C3 uses a shrouded double-stem design to protect the tiny internals while still providing plenty of flexibility for funky horizontal placements. Just like their big brothers, these cams include a thumb loop to make placements easier and to provide an additional clip-in point for aid climbers.
From aid seams to tip cracks, the five sizes of Black Diamond Camalot C3s have you covered. With up to 30% less head width than any other micro cam, they fit in more places, more securely. Unique thin-profile stems are laterally stiff for slotting in tight placements, but flexible over edges for an evenly dispersed load.
4 kN, 899 lbf (size 000)
6 kN, 1349 lbf (size 00)
7 kN, 1574 lbf (size 0)
10 kN, 2248 lbf (size 1-2)
7.8-12.9 mm, 0.30-0.50 in (size 000)
9.0-13.7 mm, 0.35-0.54 in (size 00)
10.7-15.8 mm, 0.42-0.62 in (size 0)
12.0-18.8 mm, 0.47-0.74 in (size 1)
14.2-22.6 mm, 0.56-0.89 in (size 2)
|Note:||size 000 is for direct aid only|
|Weight:||1.94 oz / 55 g|
|Black Diamond Camalot C3 Set 000-2 (5)||$285.00|
|Black Diamond Camalot C3 Cam-000-Gray||$59.90 - $59.95|
|Black Diamond Camalot C3||$49.95 - $69.99|
|Black Diamond C3 Camalot #2||$47.96 - $69.99|
I just started aid climbing and I love these things. I have a set of old tech friends as well as a set of C4's. I'm covered for most any crack size but I will be buying another set of these for the really little cracks. The area I climb most is small cracks and a second set of these will round out my rack just right. I've actually hung off the grey one.... these are bomber. I am going to try the small Metolius before my next purchase though.. not because I don't like the C3's, I just have heard that Metolius builds their stuff here in the US and that has been gaining some importance with me and the way I feel about Global Corporations and how bad they have F'd up our economy and enviornment. But I do have a feeling that these are going to be hard to beat..
When climbing long thin line it is important to have a variety of small protection. Sometimes TCU goes just fine and fits bomber in the spot no other small piece can protect. Sometimes it is a Master Offset, sometimes an Alien Offset, sometimes C3.
I like C3 in purple, green and red sizes. These 3 pieces often fit bomber where nothing else goes. Did not yet placed the gray and almost always prefer an X4, or Master or Master Offset in the "yellow C3" size.
Do not really like the mess with X4's color scheme but it's OK - it took only two days for me to figure out how to mix and rack C3 and X4.
Good solid protection for small irregular cracks.
these cams are very good. i think the three cam unit is a little more tedious to place than a 4 cam unit (master cams). But BD is high quality and they stand behind their products. i love the familiar BD color coding system. And the 000 is aid only - i am not an aid climber and always carry my 000. if it fits, i use it - better than nothing. and bottom line is they are rated higher than alot of the micro nuts i have, and that i will also place if they fit.
Overall, master cams may fit a little easier the first time in some placements. But these are great cams.
Before buying these, I heard both praise and complaints about the C3's. I have nothing but praise for the C3's. In my opinion the trigger is not too hard to pull and I don't feel the plastic sheath gets in the way of placing the cam. I have not taken a fall on them yet, but I have all the faith that they will hold if placed correctly.
Not as flexible as aliens but fit great where they dont. You can tell that a great amount of testing went into these. They are a perfect complement to the c4s, if you like the c4s you will like these. The smaller sizes I only use for aid climbing and have similar strength ratings to similar sized cams. I'm Glad I have these on my rack!
I like that the cables are covered, thus protecting them and making the cam much more durable. I have found that these place well and hold very well. I give these five stars. It would be nice if the trigger was easier to pull back, but it isn't much of an issue and I probably just need to keep them cleaner and better oiled anyway.
The Alien micros are a hard cam to surpass but these C3's have done it, and done it well. They run very little, if at all, and the stems are amazing at squeezing into different places and durable as can be. Might as well get all 5 in a package and save money. No complaints here.
By far the most important piece of gear on my rack. The black diamond c3's have an uncanny ability to find solid ground in the most precarious situations. inbredibly smooth camming action and are very sturdy. Never leave the ground without them.
After a couple weekends of always "borrowing" these from my partner, I bucked up and bought my own set. A great addition. I like that the upper size overlaps with my C4s.
Solid pro, def recommend for those little cracks