Black DiamondCamalot Ultralight

A quarter lighter is a quarter lighter.

Black Diamond shaved a quarter of the weight off its best-selling camming device to make the Camalot Ultralight more appropriate for long approaches and alpine climbing. A critical glance will show that each cam weighs a couple ounces less than its appropriately sized C4 counterpart, and although that doesn't seem like much, when you're hauling three number threes up Castleton's North Face, numerous threes and fours for Lone Peak's Hyperform, or a desert rack up Washer Woman, these ultralight beauties really make a world of difference.

Black Diamond achieved a lighter weight out of the already light C4 by replacing the stem with continuous Dyneema rope infused in plastic. Black Diamond also optimized the stem and thumb loop to enhance ergonomics while placing and cleaning. But the double-axle design for passive placements, as well as the color-coded design, Black Diamond left unchanged, because if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

  • Camalot Ultralight is 25% lighter than the C4
  • Double-axle design offers the widest range
  • Dyneema core stem design is strong, durable, and low-profile
  • 14mm Dyneema tape sling
  • Ergonomically optimized stem and thumb loop
  • Color-coded anodization
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

superlight and amazing!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these are easy to place, light weight and strong


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    Great for Alpine Adventures

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are a great supplement to regular C4s for alpine adventures! Not as durable but they aren't supposed to be and the weight savings is significant. I would not suggest starting your rack with ultralights but if you're filling in multiple sizes I would highly suggest them.

    Super light!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Got this cam for my dad and brother and they really like how light it really is. It helps with the gear load on long hikes in but as mentioned in other reviews the weight of the cam could affect the life expectancy of the cam.

    Good tools

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    When you are climbing trad. crack line. It's your good friends.

    Easy To Recommend

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      Light as a Feather

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These cams are great if you have to carry them very far. The light weightness of them is very noticeable when you have the old cams and new ones in your hands. With that said, I would caution buying these for everyday use at your local crag. As all lightweight gear tends to be they just wont last as long with the same amount of abuse. Buy the old cams for your regular use and buy these for going high into the alpine where weight makes a difference whether you make it to the summit or not.

      LIGHT. Love them.

        My rack is all regular C4 doubles except I have a #.4, #3 and #4's that are Ultralights. Therefore, I am constantly comparing the two.

        I have NOT taken a fall on one of these yet. So this review is based on placements, walking, usability and field experience.

        - Light. Per expected. And impressively so. Compared to a standard C4 the difference is very evident.

        - Places nicely. Goes in, stays put. Good trigger action. I have not had any trigger wire issues like some others have voiced concerns with.

        More time will tell how much less durable then these are then the regular C4. Obviously if you're taking whippers on your cams each outing, maybe stick with the bomber standard. But if you love saving weight on the rack and you can afford the price tag (and these are $$$$), then go for it. I like having both: save some weight but also keep the gold standard as the lion's share of my rack.

        BD Ultralight!

        BD's C4 Ultralight - reduction in weight, same gold standard cam.

        weight weenies

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        When im headed out do to fast and long climb these make it so much better. I really love these when the approach is an hour or longer. I'm not nearly as tired when i get to the climb which means i get climb harder! Performance wise these have done well for me. I think they are worth the money. Not that i have anything against the heavier versions but these are quite awesome.

        A light weight C4

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Here's my impression on these cams after ~500 pitches on them...I've used them for a mix of aid and free climbing. They've been weighted in weird horizontals, a few falls and the wear on them is pretty comparable to what you'd find on a C4. I haven't had any problems with the triggers like others have mentioned. They're pretty much just a light C4.
        I notice the weight savings more in my hand while placing the piece rather than in the back pack.

        My thoughts on them and their extra price is they're worth it if you make it your work horse cam. They're holding fine up to the abuse. Given the shorter shelf life compared to a steel cabled stem, might as well put them to use rather than sitting around waiting for only the go light missions.

        WORTH IT - still bomber as Hell.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Field-tested these Cams before they were released. Hiked them into the Winds 12+ miles and my back was super stoked to carry less weight. I still brought small (non ultra light cams) on my Alpine rack. Bought a double rack of them for my personal rack a month later. ..But I will for sure be putting these on my Indian Creek rack for Creeksgiving.
        **When you need ten #1's for a climb - it's time for weight consciousness.

        Hit me up for more questions :)

        WORTH IT - still bomber as Hell.


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have been a avid C4 fan since I started climbing trad, and have traditionally (pun intended) doubled up in the C4's - sometimes over other cams of lighter weight.

        When these came out, I was at first slightly concerned about durability. Then I started thinking about them in terms of application and durability and where ultimately they fit into my rack and came up with a few great features.

        1) They are not, and never will be, the workhorse of my rack. That job falls to the C4's and Totem cams that have always held that coveted spot. The Ultralights are my "doubles" and "triples" in some cases. They are not the cam I reach for when I am cruxing - while they would do just fine (i know because I actually fell on a .75 - yes, I fall a lot when trying above my pay grade) - they often see less action. I think about them as a supplemental piece - because usually I am not falling, and in the chance that I do fall, what is the chance its on an UL and if I did they hold a fall just great. The thinking here is to increase the longevity of the UL's.

        2) Weight savings. I am surprised at how much lighter these are to their C4 counterparts. The #4 is so much lighter than the OG - i'm able to leave it on my rack permanently, where before I would leave it in the truck or at home. I can make more open route decisions up at the crag with a more full rack. The ability to double up in these is great.

        3) Where they shine is in the alpine, or on long approaches. First is the mentality of the alpine - "The leader doesn't fall" - that being said, IT HAPPENS. but for the weight savings and the off chance that you do fall, these are trucker.

        The biggest questions it seems everyone has on these is LONGEVITY OF DURABILITY. If these are used correctly, i.e. - you really shouldn't have to fall on them - they will seemingly last a long while. But if you do find yourself, like me, slipping and falling one of these - have piece of mind that they held me like a champ.

        The C4 got a hair cut. and they are looking stylishhh.

        Lightweight, but flawed trigger design

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        So if I sound a bit annoyed, it's because the trigger cable on the #3 popped out on their third climb in the middle of the crux of the Direct North Buttress of Merriam Peak in the Sierra and it is very difficult to reattach in the field. For some reason Black Diamond decided to reduce the length of the hook that holds in the cable and hope that the plastic coated cables and detention tab holds the cable in place- it doesn't. And unlike the longer tab on the C4 (or new Wild Country Friend) the shallow hook makes it very difficult to reattach it without tools (a typical maneuver I've been doing for years on C4s). A pricey cam is only as good as its triggering system....

        Lightweight, but flawed trigger design

        I've had this problem too, and it's extremely frustrating to say the least.

        Same issue with the #3 as well. And the #0.4.

        I also had this occur on my #3 after about 5 placements. I checked my #.75-2 and did not see an indication of loose trigger cables, so I'm hoping it was a one off. Interesting to see the #3 commonality...

        Yep, my #3 did the same thing this weekend, basically brand new. Hope the BD people pay attention to this thread.

        Oh man! My #3 did the same and I couldn't place it because of it. When I tried to fix it at the base the trigger wire actually snapped! I warrantied the thing with BD as they requested and am waiting on a reply. They better fix this issue.

        if it happens loop your finger under the wire and pull, did this mid route with my number 3

        considering putting a glob of super glue to keep it from jumping out

        Happened to my 0.75 first time I placed it. That part is clearly poorly designed.

        I have this problem with all of my Camalots, and I've resorted to getting out the hot glue gun in order to fill the void at the ends of the trigger and (hopefully) prevent the wire loop from pushing out.

        When grams count, you can't go wrong

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        In the alpine whether it is a long approach or a huge objective, or just at the local crag, we are more efficient with the less weight we are fighting and trying to move around. To the standard counterparts, the weight savings is over 22% if I remember right, which definitely can add up. Compared apples to apples aside from specs, there is a noticeable difference between the camalots in the same size range vs the ultralight camalots in the same size. It allows you to move faster and more efficiently, whether it is on the local trad route or on a week long trip in the alpine.

        Pretty good!

        • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

        The feeling of placing still the same, but way lighter! This could make the difference when trying at your limit. Is worth the extra $$

        Okay, I've finally taken a whipper.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Yep. Finally pitched, pretty far, on the number 2.

        Needless to say, it held.

        And - actually - contrary to my C4's (at times) - there is no visible kinkage in the cable (in the Ultralight's case - dyneema) - which is quite nice to see.

        Clinically proven to hold a fall, at least for me, and I'm quite stoked about it - not that I wasn't certain before.

        Same cam - and lighter. Thanks BD.

        right now there is only a .75, 3 and 4 available... i'm looking to buy an ultralight #6. are they just currently sold out and will be available again soon? and what would the price be for that?

        Hey! Black Diamond does not make an ultralight in the #6 size. Are you referring to the regular camalot? Feel free to give me a call or send me an email if you have any other questions. Thanks!