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Price $89.95 at Backcountry
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$45.46 at Backcountry
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Pros Flexible stem, great range, narrow headsSuper light, durable, easy to place while free climbing, great rangeWide range per unit, light, rigid when placing but flexible when placed, narrow head width, thumb loop, smallest unit currently madeDurable, wide rangeFantastic design, smallest cam in the world, great strength, extendable sling, flexible stem
Cons Wide stem may feel bulky to someExpensive, need for potential early retirementNot the most affordable, smaller units lack double axle and aren’t as smooth, trigger wires can’t be replaced at homeHeavy compared to Ultralight C4s and MetoliusNot available in offset sizes, smaller individual cam range, action on smaller cams not as smooth as larger cams
Bottom Line Totems are the best cam for aid climbing and hard-to-protect free climbsThese cams are awesome for long Yosemite free climbs and Indian Creek splittersA Top Pick for smaller sizes due to the widest range and incredible ease of useThese are the most popular cams at Indian Creek due to their great range and durabilityWorthy of our Top Pick for small cams due to their excellent design and performance
Rating Categories Totem Cam Black Diamond C4 Ultralight Black Diamond Camalot Z4 Black Diamond Camalot DMM Dragonfly
Free Climbing (20%)
7
10
9
9
8
Weight (15%)
6
9
7
6
7
Range (15%)
8
9
7
10
5
Horizontal Cracks (15%)
7
6
9
6
9
Tight Placements (15%)
9
6
9
6
9
Durability (10%)
8
9
7
10
8
Walking (5%)
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7
7
7
8
Aid Climbing (5%)
10
7
8
6
7
Specs Totem Cam Black Diamond C4... Black Diamond... Black Diamond... DMM Dragonfly
Weight (1 inch size piece) 3.35 oz 2.6 oz 2.8 oz. 3.28 oz 2.6 oz.
Range (inches) .46-2.52" .61-4.51" .29" -1.66" .54-7.68" .31-1.11"
Sling Length (inches) 4.6" 3.75" 3.75" 3.75" 5-10"
Stem width above trigger
Single or Double Axle? Single Double Double down to .3 Double Single
Extendable Sling? No No No No Yes
Sling material Dyneema Dyneema Dynex Nylon Dynatec
High Clip in for Aid? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cam Stops? No Yes Yes down to .3 Yes Yes
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