Light, secure, and very comfortable
I had done much research before settling on these crampons. Knowing full well I'd be doing light mountaineering and not ice climbing these appeared to be a good choice. On a recent trip to Stowe, VT I had put them to the test climbing up to Stowe Pinnacle. My family wore snowshoes and I obviously had the advantage on the steeps. These are very comfortable and light. As they were my first crampons I also had to learn to walk with my feet separated a little differently than if I had snowshoes. On a few occasions the crampons required retightening as the heel would pull away from my boots. This may be the strap expanding and breaking in which would appear likely. I also noticed that the outside rivets holding the plastic toe and heel braces are very exposed and susceptible to wear against rocks. On a single trip I had noticeable scrapes. This may be the same with most crampons and is just the design. But it will require monitoring. Their grip is phenomenal. I had absolute confidence climbing steep terrain over ice sheets while my family had to find a new route with their snowshoes. One other important note, these INCLUDE anti balling plates. I had purchased them separately in belief that they were an accessory. They are not. But I will keep them in case the existing plates wear down and require replacement.
Great Alpine Mountaineering Crampons
These crampons are designed for alpine travel on glacier ice and frozen snow. They work very well for steep ice, but they are not designed for vertical ice climbing. If you use these for their intended purpose --- climbing mountains in a traditional alpine style --- they are great crampons.
I have used them with mountaineering double boots, and I have also strapped them onto my leather backpacking boots. Obviously the security on the mountaineering boots is good, but they were okay for walking over ice in the backpacking boots too. On my mountaineering boots, they were even pretty secure without the straps engaged. They never popped off the boot, even when others, with step-in crampons did pop off. I think this is because as the rand wears out, the step-ins become less secure. The strap-ons don't rely on the rand, so they stay secure.
Slickest crampons in a positive way!
These are the best crampons that I have used. You need to be careful using these since you can easily forget that you are wearing crampons in the first place. I have used these on very steep couloirs on compacted snow and ice and they are flawless in every sense. The stainless steel design and ABS plates keep the snow from piling up and slowing you down. They say that crampons slow you down 10% that is not the case with these for they actually make you move quicker even over soft snow. Black Diamond has done it again!
I use these crampons when microspikes aren't enough for traction. I bought a case to put them in because they are sharp! I have used them occasionally on compact snow and ice for 2 years and they still look good- no rusting or discoloring. I can put them on without removing my mittens- important for a lady with cold fingers! The strap is a little long for me (size 8.5 womens) so I have to loop the strap and tie again so I don't trip on it, but one could cut and seal it to perfect length.
This Crampon Rocks!
These crampons will literally fit any footwear. I put them on my Crocs just to try out and they worked great. Although I would recommend sturdier footwear, the option is there. Stainless is not lighter than chromoly as advertised, but it does score high for its no rust characteristics. I have used them several times and never once dried them off afterwards. The strap system is sturdy, they never once came loose. Back strap is cut low to prevent digging into your heel on long days. Overall this crampon is just plain sexy. And Made in U.S.A.!
Great first pair
I bought these for my first trip to Shasta for attachment to a pair of stout hiking boots. The crampons pack up tight and take up little space on my gear. They are steel so weight could be an issue for some, but I like the durability of steel vs aluminum. Easy to put on and take off. Traction is superb but I'd purchase a different pair for ice climbing. Durability seems ok, but I'm concerned that the way the strap runs through the toe cap, it may wear through or crack over time.
A Great Addition to my Gear!
I finally got a chance to use these this past weekend. We hiked up Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge in the Adirondacks. In the past I have relied on my MSR Evo Ascent snowshoes to get me up to steep winter summits. These crampons were so much faster to move in. I wish I hadn't waited so long to buy them. I would recommend that you wear a winter gaiter when using these. I did manage to make a few cuts in my snow pant legs...operator error.
A lot of bang for the buck
Really versatile crampon. I was able to fit them to two different sets of boots I already have. The crampons were easy to adjust and the standard center bar that came with them worked great for my size (mens size 10).
Zero problems with them coming loose on the mountain and the grip was excellent. Put them on for the climb up on early morning crust and throw them back in the pack for the ski down when the snow softens. Done.
Great product for the price.
I hiked up Giant Mountain and over to Rocky Ridge in the High Peaks a few weeks back. The terrain was steep and icy the entire route. These crampons were an essential for the conditions. They performed excellent in both ascent and descent. I noticed others with snowshoes and ice spikes struggling to cover ground. The only negative would be the pressure on the ball of the foot after a long hike...they do take a little getting used to.
Why didn't I get these a long time ago?
No more slipping on ice!
I bought these so that I would not have to stop hiking in icy winter conditions. I feel confident traversing ice cascades on trails with these on and now I prefer to hike in the winter.
A male friend bought the same product at the same time and had to find an extension as they were not quite long enough for his boots...but he still loves them too.