Review by: rockmaninoff, 2004-08-24
Let me say right now that there are two types of climbers: those that hate BD Camalots, and those who would trade their children to get more. I am one of the former, one of the few who dares to speak out against Camalots on this website. Camalots are heavier than all other camming units. I agree that the design is ingenious, and the range incredible. This means however, that as soon as I pull the trigger on a #4 Camalot, it shrinks down to the size of a Yellow Alien. The only use for Camalots in my mind is to supplement a rack of Friends, to expand and contract in a size range that looks like something I might encounter on a new climb. And why are their so many Camalot repair kits for sale out there? Camalots are for the climbing lot who never went to college, never learned that more money for more weight and less product is not necessarily economical. For the four largest sizes, you could almost buy an entire rack of DMM cams. If you don't mind fifty foot runouts, choose Camalots. Or perhaps you feel that the heavier the rack, the better the climber. Even if you have unlimited funds, these cams are a poor choice.