Black Diamond Camalot C3

Priced: $49.95 - $69.99 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 32 reviews.
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Black Diamond Camalot C3 Features.

Black Diamond Camalot C3.
For a superb fit when you need it, use the Black Diamond Camalot C3. The sturdy Black Diamond Camalot is built to function longer, and deliver a solid performance every single time you need it. It features compression-spring with interlocking cam heads that are ideal to use on uneven cracks. This product is essential for tight placements, thanks to its dependable, flexible stem that makes your climbing experience a lot safer, and enjoyable. Its color coded design allows for easy identification, since its bright colors let you choose easily which one to use. You can acquire this product on a wide range of sizes developed for your convenience. Its solid Neutrino rackpack is built with highly resistant materials that ensure complete security and sturdy durability. You can feel safe all the time, since this product is designed to deliver impressive performance with reliable strength. Get the Black Diamond Camalot C3 for all your mountain climbing expeditions.
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Key Features.


  • Read all directions and safety material before use.**
  • Single nylon stem design is less likely to walk after placement
  • Nylon stem is rigid for easy placement


  • Heads are 30% narrower yet C3s are more secure, dependable and fit in more placements than other clamming units
  • Independent trigger springs allow each cam lobe to operate freely and to fit into tiny irregularities in the crack


  • S-curve padded shoulder straps


  • Newly designed cams and stem contribute up to a 20% weight savings per size
  • Color-coded for easy identification and wide range of size
  • Click sizing chart link for range, strength, and weight info
  • Size 000 is for direct aid only
  • Double-axle design continues to offer widest range possible in each size.


  • Web haul loop


  • Features interlocking lobes and an internal dual-stem design to achieve its slim profile and smooth action
  • For safety and/or sanitary reasons, this product CANNOT be returned
  • Super strong and easy to place in varying rock types
  • Flexible stem is laterally stiff for tight placements
  • U-stem design provides a balanced combination of stiffness and flexibility
  • Patent-pending interlocking cams allow for solid placements in narrow constrictions and pin scars
  • Cam stops make tipped-out placements more secure
  • Averaging 30% narrower heads than any other 3- or 4- units on the market
  • Climbing Magazine Editors' Choice award
  • Color-coded for easier racking in tough spots with thin protection
  • Ribbed trigger and thumb rest improve handling when you're really pumped
  • Limited edition series
  • One main compartment
  • Compression-spring driven with interlocking cam heads for bite in uneven cracks
  • Neutrino or Oz Rackpack available for easy racking (see Carabiner section)
  • Significantly lighter weights, better flexibility, and smooth action make these new camming devices the best protection available
  • The large thumb loop makes this cam easy to place when you're pumped stupid and provides a short clip-in point for aid climbing
  • The C3's head is 30% narrower than any three- or four-cam unit available
  • Patent-pending compression drive springs push each cam indepently with greater force so they hold better in tough placements
  • Large, textured thumb catch and trigger bar give slipfree placement and allow for independent cam manipulation
  • New patent-pending C-Loop stem uses a continuous cable, offering tremendous strength and flexibility
  • Collective street artist print

The Camalot C3 by Black Diamond will fit in far more places more securely. Compact interlocking and overlapping cams allow for solid placements that will not lever out. Compression drive springs push each cam with significantly greater force and because each cam is driven by a different spring, each cam is truly independent. Their unique stem design offers flexibility and strength-laterally stiff for tight placements but soft as a noodle over edges. This improved flexibility disperses a load more evenly, minimizes deformation and makes the units inherently stronger.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Camalot C3.

Rock/Creek Outfitters

The Black Diamond Camalot C3s average 30% narrower heads than any other 3- or 4-cam units on the market. Patent-pending interlocking cams allow for solid placements in narrow constrictions and pin scars. Patent-pending compression drive springs push each cam indepently with greater force so they hold better in tough placements .
U-stem design provides a balanced combination of stiffness and flexibility. Ribbed trigger and thumb rest improve handling when you're really pumped! Color-coded units and slings for quick and easy ID for your preferred Black Diamond Camalot.

Thanks to its incredibly narrow head profile, the Black Diamond Camalot C3 fits in places where other cams just don't stand a chance. As the cams contract, they overlap with each other's stems to increase surface area and holding power. The C3's sizes go way below the standard to help you protect ultra-thin aid lines and cutting-edge trad climbs. In addition, the C3 uses a unique stem design that blurs the lines between single and double stems. A shroud protects the tiny cables from getting jacked while maintaining the flexibility to handle funky placements where stiffer cams lever out and leave you unprotected.

The Black Diamond C3 Micro Cams goes where no cam has gone before. It's so small and strong you'll be won over the first time you place one. These cams are 30 percent narrower than any other cams on the market and have a flexible stem with lateral stiffness for tight placements. Interlocking cam heads fit in flares, pin scars and funky horizontals. The spring tension is great for super solid placements that wont walk. Color-coded for easier racking in tough spots with thin protection.

ProLite Gear
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.

Mountain Gear
Climb narrow, uneven places with the Black Diamond Camalot C3's narrow head, flexible cable stems, and independent compression springs that provide contact in irregular placements and along with plenty of holding power.

The gold standard for camming units, the Black Diamond C4 Camalot #3 double-axle design allows retraction of larger cam lobes, giving them a much larger expansion range than traditional single-axle units. Lightweight, easy-to-grab cable loop and trigger, and slings large enough to manipulate with gloves. Range: 2.00 to 3.46 inches (50.7-87.9mm)
Strength: 14kN
Weight: 7.09oz (201g).
The gold standard for camming units, the Camalots’ double-axle design allows retraction of larger cam lobes, giving them a much larger expansion range than traditional single-axle units. Because loading forces are shared between both axles, this design has the strength to work as a full-strength cam stop, allowing the cam to function as passive pro if it walks back into a wider part of a crack and umbrellas. This is the third generation of BD Camalots and they just keep getting better—they are 30-percent lighter than the originals, the cable loop and trigger are easy to grab, and our slings are large enough to manipulate with gloves.

• Double-axle design offers widest range for each cam unit.
• C-Loop continuous cable stem design is strong and durable.
• Strength: 14 kN, 3147 lbf (size 0.75-6)
• Range: 50.7-87.9 mm, 2.00-3.46 in (size 3)
• Weight: 201g.
• Sold Individually

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Black Diamond's new C4 cams offer the greatest opportunity for solid placements by utilizing a larger expansion range. A whole rack of C4s require one less piece, saving you a pound. (That's a lot.)
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Country of Origin:China
Note:size 000 is for direct aid only
Protection Color:Blue
Range:0.56-0.89" / 14.2-22.6 mm
Strength:2,248 lbf / 10 kN
Weight:2.33 oz / 66 g
Weight (Grams):201 g
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Black Diamond Camalot C3 Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I always considered these cams as more of a 'peace of mind' rather than 'bomber, i can drop a car on this piece' type of placement... Then I cam sailing off on a 000 (rated for aid only). I wish I had a picture of my face when that thing held! I have fallen on these cams a lot, more so than my C4s, and have been caught every time. I love these cams and always carry a set with me. I cannot compare them to aliens (never use 'em), but I really like the guys a lot. They were a bit tricky for me to get used to size wise, but I think that is the nature of small placement. The wire guard is nice for horizontal placements making these durable cams. Way to go BD! I highly recommend these cams!

Doug at on 11/12/2013

Micro Love

I've been rocking the full set of C3s since 2007, when they quickly became and have remained a key part of my rack. For the thin seams of Eldorado Canyon, the tight-finger slots of Boulder Canyon, and discontinuous Flatirons funk-cracks, they're a go-to piece, and nicely cover some of the between-size gaps I sometimes experienced when using only TCUs. I love the C3s' durability, the fact that they're very, very hard to deform, even after a hard fall or when used as a directional, and the super-wide placement range. These things go in bomber, go in deep, and rarely if ever walk; the trigger design and easy-pull action are superb as well. The C3s have held up incredibly well to six years of abuse, and I look forward to many more.
PhorR at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 05/05/2013

A good piece of gear for tiny placements

I haven't fallen on these yet, but I've been satisfied with how they stood up to bounce testing in small, funky placements. Their biggest advantage is the narrowness of the heads; they beat out both mastercams and aliens in this regard. The main downside is that the stem is stiffer than some competing cams (only in the same plane as the thumb loop; placed in horizontals, these are nicely flexible), so sling them long to avoid walking and watch out for the possibility that the stem might lever them out of some placements.
Mark at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 02/02/2010

Durable, awesome in flared cracks and pin scars

C3s are a great choice for thin cracks, particularly in stone where flared cracks or piton scars make it more difficult to find placements for wider, four-cam units. The lateral stiffness means I can slot the C3s more easily and also makes them easier to remove from cracks compared to laterally flexible cams. I am always amazed at the durability of even the small sizes compared to other brands of cams. Most of my original C3s from 2007 are still going strong after lots of whippers!
Jazz at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 05/05/2013

I was a bit skeptical at first regarding the rubberized center portion and internal wires on these things when I started playing with them a while back. After loading the cams over edges repeatedly during aid pitches and free climbs and then having the whole unit rebound to its original shape and having no kinks or damage I knew these were genius. I use them in conjunction with my mastercams in the smaller ranges of my rack and love them as aid pieces.

Arthur Debowski at on 05/24/2011

Awesome pro but expensive

Really handy to have, especially for narrow parallel and flaring cracks where nuts are not an option. C3's have three lobes versus the C4's which have four - result is a more narrow profile and perfect for narrow features. C3's will likely replace the classic CCH Aliens as the standard for small cams. Knocking off one star because of high price. Also, my #2 C3 required a bit of mineral oil to make the action smoother but not a big deal.
Dan at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 11/11/2009

I've whipped onto the green and simulated a whip onto the grey. Both held. The stiff trigger softens a bit over time, and is a good thing as it allows for much precise incremental changes in lobe range. Placing bomber tiny cams requires perfect lobe placement, the stiffer trigger enhances my ability to do so. To echo evan- I've never been too pumped to place one. Head may be wider than aliens, but they still fit into pin scars. Love 'em.

snowhazed593076 at on 10/09/2009

Great Cam

It cost a bit more than the other cams and weights a bit more, but you get a wider range with the double axle design. Took a fall on one and it held great, so worth the money. Seems a bit lighter than my old #3.
MB at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2010

these are hard to trust at first because they are soooooo thin. but once youve taken a fall, youll notice that they are ass strong as the big ones.
help to save weight because on easy climbs you can allways find a spot to place these

Patricio Berra at on 11/06/2013

Get them on your rack if you want the goods

Been using these all over the world. These have been with me on dozens of expeditions and first ascents. Bomber. If you do not have them on your rack, you should. Do yourself a favor and get them.
LibeckiTheTimeisNow at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 06/06/2013

Negative Reviews:

I purchased a #1 about two months ago and due to a lack of climbing partner, this has sat in my closet unused for that time frame. I pulled out my rack last night in prep for a climb today and during my pre climb gear packing / inspection, I noticed the wires are beginning to oxidize and the movement inside the housing feels stiff. This may be solved with some cam lube but If this is how the product holds up prior to it's first use, I will not be putting my life on those lobes...

Joseph Ornberg at on 11/07/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Dear Camalot C3s, you give me pause
I didn't see sketchy placements as a clause
In the contract I signed by buying you
After each placement, I feel blue
Will you hold me? Sometimes, I assume.
But "sometimes" rather brings me gloom.
'Cause sometimes really isn't good enough
My life rather means too much to slough
Camming duties off on you,
When I have no assurance that you'll hold true.
Cool engineering? Check! You've got it
But when I'm run out, that just doesn't cut it.
Will you fit in that pocket? Why yes of course,
But it's quite likely that you'll blow with force.
Is there a spot on my rack for you?
Yes, but it's small, perhaps just one or two.
When it comes down to it, I'd rather have Masters or Zeros
They give me more bang, por mis dineros.
So if you're looking to buy a micro cam, or two,
look elsewhere, that's why I wrote this review.

James Jenden at on 12/21/2011

The first thing I thought when I got my yellow c3 out of the box was "wow, this is an incredible piece of engineering." I still think that, but after having placed it a few times, I find that I'd almost always rather go with my friend's red WC Zero. The cam lobes are great with how close together they are, but that also makes them less stable, which scares me a bit. While I would say that if you have a big rack, and you have the money, it might not be a bad idea to have a couple of these guys for awkward placements, your money would be much better spent on a set of 4-cam micro cams. I love the zeros, but the master cams are pretty stinking awesome as well.

James Jenden at on 09/27/2011