Excellent crampon for low-end price!
Bought this pair for a winter hike from Marion Mountain to San Jacinto (and plan to take them to San Gorgonio, Baldy, Baden-Powell & Whitney). Easier to put on than first suspected; after you mess around with trying it on the first time, I got the hang of it rather quickly.
Crampons didn't really have any effect on foot comfort either way.
As far as fit goes, definitely try and fit your boots to the crampons before purchase. My size 11 Asolo leather hiking boots fit inside the crampons snugly, almost too snug around the heel -- however, both the plastic toe and heel brackets rotate, and I was able to get a snug and secure fit by pulling heel plate against boot and pulling straps tight to lock brackets into place. A larger heel'd boot may not fit well.
Some portions of our hike, we had to cross streams with banks at close to 45-degree grade; using the crampons properly along with ice axes allowed us to traverse the streams and the fragile banks safer than I had expected.
All in all, cannot complain at all for the price; for a mixed alpine hike or moderate-to-strenuous climb up mountains during winter/spring, you cannot find a better value option!
Adjust The crampons
I forgot to adjust these crampons before i hit the trial and the right crapon kept coming loose, i didnt understand why. I would say that, in general, crampons are good for icy surfaces. I ascended to baldy summit and didnt use them on the way up and I had snow up to my knees at times. On the way down i decided to wear them and they dont really do much for you on slushy snow. I also tried them on the top of the summit where there was ice and they worked great up there. Im not used to wearing crampons so obviously i felt that they weighed a little, but then again these are made out of steel and not a lighter metal like aliminum or titanium.
You must be careful when descending especially if you run into some rocks. The spikes will grip on a rock with a single spike so you have to be careful with twisting and ankle ( it happend to me ). again, make sure you adjust the bottom strap of the crampon so the crampon doesnt become loose. Thanks for reading.
Great trail crampons
I bought these crampons after finally realizing that my microspikes weren't too great for traversing over ice. I was looking for an inexpensive pair, strap on design (for use with hiking boots) and with steel spikes (for durability). Aside from these two things however, I wanted flexibility. Most people you ask will say that crampons should be used with stiff mountaineering or alpine boots so that the crampons don't flex. This pair however has quite flexible center bars which can be used with a rigid hiking boot (Asolo Fugitive GTX in my case). The are however a little bit narrow in the heel; my boots touch all but one of the contact points in the back, but they still stay in place and don't move one bit! I will say that the only downside is that they are tad bit heavy (you'll definitely feel the weight for a bit when your first put them on) and they are not as low profile as the Black Diamonds or Grivels. But still, big bang for your buck!
Try them with your boots first!
I bought these crampons for added security during cold mornings on the Cascade volcanos - mostly a planned ascent of Mt. Adams.
They worked well for that purpose. The crampons are sharp enough to bite into crusty, hard snow and easy icy patches for added security. You won't be doing alpine ice climbs with these guys, but they definitely added peace of mind on sketchy, icy slopes of moderate angle.
One thing to note - if you have a boot with a wide heel, please try them with the crampons first! The heel on the crampon is fairly narrow, and my La Sportiva Thunder IIs barely fit, though I wear a 12.5 so they are fairly big to begin with.
They are heavy - but cheap! At least the option exists compared to the expensive Grivels for people only using them a few times per year like me.
Bang for your buck - but rust
I purchased these because I wanted a cheap crampon (grad student on a budget) and you get what you pay for. They stay on my winter hiking boots quite well for several hours without needing adjustment so I am pleased with this, but they definitely rust (they are not stainless steel!). I've had them for a year or so and almost all of the points on the bottom have significant signs of wear. I try to be careful and rinse/dry them after use, but to no avail! I will continue using these until I run them into the ground, but if you want a long-lasting product I'd go with stainless steel.
Bought these to replace my old-school strap-on crampons that don't work with anything but stiff climbing boots. Was a bit skeptical that such an inexpensive crampon would function well. But this crampon worked great for our climb of Middle Sister! Very light and comfortable; easy to put on and take off (which we had to do several times due to snow conditions); survived a short section over rock without damage. These worked great with my mid-weight hiking/backpacking boots for climbing over snow/glacier routes. We did not have any truly icy conditions, so not sure how well they function on that.
Great crampons for hike in the snow!
This was my first set of crampons for the Angeles National Forest and surrounding areas. Snow varies from hard-packed/ice to 1-2 ft. deep. These crampons are great for the price. Easy to put on my regular Lowa boots. After adjusting the sizing bar, just step in and tighten. Straps are snug and haven't loosened yet. Tightening them is not easy with gloves on, but they are quick to remove. I feel like a mountain goat with these on, and feel quite secure on the snowy trail. Great product!
try them on first
I goofed people, and didn't try these on my boots in the store. Found out on trail that the heel on my boots (RIE Backpacker II) is too wide for these crampons.
I handled some Grivel, Petzl, Balk Diamond in stores also, and when these were on sale last year, it didn't seem there was any reason to pend more money. So as another reviewer stated, the heel on my boots is too wide for these. Lesson learned I guess.
good so far
I tried them couple of times on packed snow/ice, ice, snow/ice/rocks and they worked very well. They are a bit heavier, so you will feel them. One thing, I don't like that much - I have small size of boots and front tends to get a bit loose and slip sideways, especially when going uphill. You have to make them really small or to use boot with wide front. Otherwise, for the price, great!
Great for the price
I bought these for spring snow climbs after tiring of borrowing gear from friends. I'm very satisfied with them, especially considering how much less expensive they were than other brands. Durability will take some time to know, but so far they've held up great and performed on par with more expensive Petzl and Grivel models that I've tried.