The Best Climbing Cams

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Black Diamond C4 Camalot
95
Best in Class
2015
Weight 10
Spring Tension 9
Trigger / Dexterity 9
Flexibility 10
Bulk 9

Great range

Very ergonomic

Durable

Reliable

"The Standard" by which all others are compared

None

MSRP
N/A
BEST DEAL
$53.43
Black Diamond X4
91
Weight 10
Spring Tension 10
Trigger / Dexterity 7
Flexibility 10
Bulk 9

Narrow head

Incredible range for small cams

Fits tight placements

Solid

Relatively expensive

Relatively heavy

MSRP
N/A
BEST DEAL
$59.95
Metolius Master Cam
88
Range 6
Resistance to Walking 8
Design / Weight 8
Ergonomics 8
Flaring 8
Value 10

Narrow head

Great value

"Range Finder" system

Exceptional in pods and pin scars

Flexible stems could be more flexible

Wish they came in larger sizes

MSRP
N/A
BEST DEAL
$59.95
Black Diamond C3
80
Weight 8
Spring Tension 6
Trigger / Dexterity 8
Flexibility 8
Bulk 4

Narrowest head of any small cam

Fits tight placements

Durable

Relatively expensive

Prone to walking

Not for pin scars

MSRP
N/A
BEST DEAL
$49.95
Metolius Ultralight TCU
69
Range 5
Resistance to Walking 5
Design / Weight 5
Ergonomics 5
Flaring 2
Value 7

Lightweight

Good value

Range finder

Really wide head

Prone to walking

MSRP
N/A
BEST DEAL
$59.95
Metolius Super Cam
68
Range 10
Resistance to Walking 4
Design / Weight 5
Ergonomics 5
Flaring 1
Value 3

Great range

Burly

Clunky and heavy

Only three sizes

Doesn’t work in flaring cracks

Walks easily

MSRP
N/A
BEST DEAL
$69.45