The Contact Strap from Black Diamond is a classic 10-point crampon for mountaineers, skiers and hikers—now with a lighter-weight, re-engineered design using stainless steel.
Compact and easy to use, the 10-point Black Diamond Contact strap-on crampons are optimized for general mountaineering, backcountry skiing and glacier walking.
Made in USA.
|Anti-balling plates:||yes, included|
|Attachment Type:||full strap|
|Details:||Contact Strap includes Flex Center Bar for use with softer-soled boots.|
|Fits shoe size:||EU 34 - 46 / US 4 - 12|
|One Size Fits Most:||US Mens Size 5-13.5|
|Recommended Use:||mountaineering, alpine climbing, backpacking|
|Size:||One size fits 36-46|
|Weight:||1 lb 13 oz / 808 g(Strap)|
|Weight (Grams):||808 g|
|Weight Per Pair:||808 g, 1 lb 13 oz|
|Weight [with packaging]:||2.25 lb|
|Black Diamond Abs For Contact Crampon||$24.95|
|Black Diamond Contact Clip Crampon||$129.95 - $139.95|
|Black Diamond Contact Strap Stainless Steel Crampons||$129.95|
|Black Diamond ABS Contact||$29.95|
These crampons work sufficiently well for low key stuff. Four stars because the strap tends to get a little loose, causing the connection between boot and crampon to be poor (but not bad). But that probably just comes with the nature of full strap-on crampon bindings. Personally, I'd recommend getting full clip-on crampon bindings (which is what I mainly use). But these work reasonably well and on boots not really designed for mountaineering. Make sure you check out whether or not you'll need the long center bars (ordered separately for an insane price). My US 11.5 backpacking boots fit well in the standard center bar. But my 46 mountaineering boots require the long center bars. When considering whether these will work for you, if you really don't want to get mountaineering boots, you'll be doing fairly low key climbing (just traveling on hard snow), then these are probably ideal. But if you just traveling on snow, I might consider some of the lightweight (non-steal) variety.
These are great crampons, purchased them for backcountry snowboarding and they fit perfect over my snowboard boots and never slipped or moved, while my partners whose crampons I wont name were all over the place. Super durable and I was able to traverse over scree with ease.
My only complaint is the inward curve of the center bar it seems unnecessary and ripped my pants multiple times this didn't keep me from giving them five stars because my pants were super baggy and I am still learning how to walk in crampons. I have purchased some Mountain Hardwear Bokta pants which are incredible by the way and are more of an alpine fit and never even came close to ripping them. The curve just seems like a unnecessary design choice.
I used these with Burton snowboard boots and could not trust them to stay on. The top strap would slowly edge around the tip of the boot and eventually come off - usually at very bad times. I just got new boots so we'll see if that helps.