Camalots are 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 X4 Offset .4/.5
Designed to protect where no other cam can, the Camalot X4 Offset merges the unparalleled expansion range of our Camalots with an offset lobe design for pin scars, flares and other non-uniform placements. The X4's embedded cam springs allow for a super-narrow head width, and the flexible stem features aluminum protection beads to protect the cable without compromising flexibility. The X4 Offset also features anodized lobes and a color-coded Dyneema sling for quick identification.
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|Weight (g / oz)|
Weight (g / oz)
In grams and ounces, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
|86.0 g / 3.10 oz|
|Cam Head||4 lobes, double axle|
|Offset||Yes, offset for irregular cracks|
|Stem||Flexible single stem|
|Sling||Dyneema (single loop)|
|Active Strength|| 9 kN|
|Cam Range (mm / in)|
Cam Range (mm / in)
In millimeters and inches, the maximum dimensions of the cam lobes when shut tight and fully extended. Since the "usable" range is so debatable, all manufacturers now list the full dimensions to avoid confusion.
If a manufacturer lists the usable range, we'll include it here as well (this is now very rare).
| Total dimensions|
20 mm x 34 mm / 1 in x 1 in
15.50 mm x 26.60 mm / 0.61 in x 1.05 in
They are ideal for Yosemite and Zion aid climbs, but a set is also nice for any area with weird pods. Which is just about everywhere except Indian Creek. On a typical wall like The Nose, Zodiac or Lurking gear, we recommend 2-3 sets of regular X4's and 1-2 sets of offset X4's.
I’m a big fan of offset cams. When Wild Country introduced a set back in 1999, most people wrote them off as being too specialized, and sadly the company stopped making them. As it turns out, they were just a little too far ahead of their time, as many now agree that not only are offsets great for clean aid climbing, but free climbers are also finding they are an indispensable part of their rack at many trad climbing venues.
Overall, the Black Diamond Offset X4 cams can be a core component of most any trad rack. Their durability, big range, smooth handling and easy identification make them an excellent cam for finicky aid climbing or everyday traditional.