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With a flexible stem, narrow head width compression spring-driven interlocking cam lobes, Camalot C3’s fit more securely, in more places than any other three-cam unit. READ MORE
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With a flexible stem, narrow head width compression spring-driven interlocking cam lobes, Camalot C3’s fit more securely, in more places than any other three-cam unit. Learn More


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.

  • Heads are 30% narrower yet C3s are more secure, dependable and fit in more placements than other camming units
  • Compression-spring driven with interlocking cam heads for bite in uneven cracks
  • Flexible stem is laterally stiff for tight placements
  • Color-coded for easy identification and wide range of sizes
  • Neutrino Rackpack available for easy racking (see Carabiner section)
  • *Size 000 is for direct aid only

Tech Specs

Weight :  
[000] 55 g (1.94 oz)
[00] 57 g (2 oz)
[0] 59 g (2.1 oz)
[1] 62 g (2.2 oz)
[2] 66 g (2.3 oz)
Strength :  

[000] 4 kN (899 lbf)
[00] 6 kN (1349 lbf)
[0] 7 kN (1574 lbf)
[1] 10 kN (2248 lbf)
[2] 10 kN (2248 lbf)

Range :  
[000] 7.8-12.9 mm (0.30-0.50 in)
[00] 9.0-13.7 mm (0.35-0.54 in)
[0] 10.7-15.8 mm (0.42-0.62 in)
[1] 12.0-18.8 mm (0.47-0.74 in)
[2] 14.2-22.6 mm (0.56-0.89 in)
cam comparison chart

Cam Comparison Chart

Our range of Camalots is designed to provide protection across the full spectrum of crack sizes, from small incipient seams, to perfect hands, to full-on offwidths. Camalots, Camalot C3s, Camalot X4s and Camalot Ultralights each have their own unique advantages, and a well-rounded rack will likely contain some or all sizes of each cam. Check out the chart to see how the members of the Camalot family overlap.

Camalot™ C3 is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Trust 'em, they're bomber. These are great micro's. They stay well placed even when pulled up and down by the rope as you climb above them. They can rotate up and down, but never seem to walk much. Took me a while to trust them like I do my c4's, but now I love plugging them in. My one complaint is that the smaller sizes seem a bit limited as far as placement goes; The rubber casing that protects the stem and wires gets wider as it moves away from the lobes. This prevents the unit from being able to be placed as far into a crack as I would like sometimes. Haven't had any problems with the red and yellow though. Still worth filling out your rack with though.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When all else fails! My C3's are my "get out of jail" piece of protection, pin scars, tiny cracks these cams fill so solid and are a key part to my rack.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Solid 3-Lobe Unit Micro-cam placements are always finicky, and I find that having a nice selection of varying types is the only answer. C3's work great in this role, especially at Devil's Lake where placements can be shallow and awkward.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2013-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great cam to have as a supplement This is a good cam to carry along with my regular rack. It is really good for tight spots due to its very narrow head, so it works very well in small, difficult to protect cracks. It is rather stiff, so it tends to walk more than other pieces. For that reason I always make sure that I add a runner to avoid that problem. It will work where other pieces don't, even though it isn't a cam for every application.
Date published: 2015-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these I just have a 0, 00 c3 in my current arsenal. They are really awesome for protecting small broken up crack systems that are normally hard to protect with a normal camalot. The narrow head profile allows you to protect shollower areas with ease. Great piece to give some peace of mind on those sketchy sections of rock.
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Micro cams These are my favorite of the micro cams. I have used wild countrys, metolius master cams & TCU's, aliens, X4's, trangos etc. The C3 is definetly my favorite. They fit pretty well where 4CU's don't and where 4CU's do. The shape of the lobes actually reduces pressure on the rock because of the taper. Tighter placements have more surface area contact on the rock which makes your cams less likely to rip out. I have whipped many times on these cams down to the 00 size and I have never had an issue with them. I have even whipped on them with only 2 lobes engaged and the cams held. Some people are wigged out by the flat stem shape but it really doesn't matter. The stems just bend when you fall on them and then they return to their normal shape eventually. Perhaps the best thing about these cams is they just don't get stuck. I have never used any other cams that clean out of over-camed placements like these do. They are so light and reliable, I hardly ever do a route without them.
Date published: 2015-01-16
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