Born from a heart-to-heart with our top trad-climbing BD Athletes Hazel Findlay, Carlo Traversi, Sam Elias, and Babsi Zangerl, the Camalot Z4 is the realization of a dream: to have a single-stem cam that stays rigid in-hand, but flexes once placed. Behold—the patent-pending RigidFlex stem. Thanks to the independently floating trigger wires the Camalot Z4 doesn’t bend while under tension and retracted, but once placed allows the stem to move, ensuring a placement that stays put and doesn’t walk when pulled directionally. The stem on the larger sizes also utilizes dual twisted cable construction which provides uniform flex in all directions, while single cable construction is implemented on smaller sizes to avoid buckling when pulling hard on the trigger and to reduce trigger profile. Featuring a similar head-width as our old Camalot C3 design, but with 4 lobes that are sandblasted for better holding power, the Z4’s are not only an upgrade, but are also available is smaller sizes—starting from #0, our smallest cam ever made, and ranging to .75, allowing you to dial in the rack, whether you’re gunning for a tips crack in the desert, or going light and fast in the Bugs.
- RigidFlex stem stays rigid in-hand for easy placement, but flexes once placed to reduce walking
- Dual twisted cable construction for uniform flex on larger sizes; single cable construction on smaller sizes to avoid buckling and reduce trigger profile
- Narrow head width for tight placements
- Sandblasted lobes for better holding power
- Lightweight yet durable Dynex sling with a unique color scheme for easy identification from other Camalots
- Weight :
[0.1] 45 g (1.58 oz)
[0.2] 48 g (1.69 oz)
[0.3] 54 g (1.9 oz)
[0.4] 61 g (2.15 oz)
[0.5] 77 g (2.71 oz)
[0.75] 93 g (3.28 oz)
- Strength :
[0.1] 5 kN (1124 lbf)
[0.2] 6 kN (1349 lbf)
[0.3] 8 kN (1798 lbf
[0.4] 9 kN (2023 lbf)
[0.5] 10 kN (2248 lbf)
[0.75] 10 kN (2248 lbf)
- Range :
[0.1] 8.8-13.8 mm (.34-.54 in)
[0.2] 10.4-16.3 mm (.40-.64 in)
[0.3] 12.4-22.6 mm (.48-.88 in)
[0.4] 15.3-27.7 mm (.60-1.09 in)
[0.5] 18.8-33.9 mm (.74-1.33 in)
[0.75] 23.1-42.1 mm (.91-1.66 in)
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review by Andy Court
(First published in the December 2019 - February 2020 issue of SA Mountain)
I recently had the privilege of testing out one of Black Diamond’s new Z4 cams. I took the green #0 up to The Ledge on Table Mountain and handed it over to Teo Iliev as he set off up the intimidating No Longer at Ease (25), a classic Tinie Versfeld test piece for the aspiring hard man. The Z4 range effectively replaces the BD X4s and C3s, and the #0 has a narrow head, making it ideal for small pockets and tapered rails. Teo set off up the steep arête and found the Z4 particularly useful as it is the perfect size to protect the committing face moves. Unfortunately, he ended up resting on the cam before working out the sequence.
The Z4 boasts some slick new features such as a variable flexibility stem – when you pull the trigger, the stem becomes more rigid, making placing and retrieving easier. When the cam is set in place and the trigger released, the stem has more flex, thus reducing any tendency for it to walk and get stuck in the crack.
The cam performed admirably on The Ledge, but would it handle a Cape country route? Teo, Guy Paterson-Jones and I took it out for a trip up Renaissance (22) in Du Toits Kloof. Hard country routes in the Western Cape require cunning to place good protection, and micro cams come into their own in such environments. We placed the micro Z4 countless times in the horizontal sandstone rails on that 400-metre wall.
The Z4 #0 is a must-have addition to any rack. Whether you are climbing a classic on Lions Head, cranking hard on the Jeopardy Wall, or doing some choss inspections on a country route, you will want this piece with you.