CAMP XLC 490 Crampons

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CAMP XLC 490 Crampons -
The CAMP XLC 490 crampon is a superlight aluminum alloy crampon equipped with CAMP's Quick Adjustment System and front and rear high-resistance thermoplastic binding system.


  • Thermoplastic heel and toe harnesses wrap around nearly any hiking and classic mountaineering boot and are secured by strong nylon straps


  • Equipped with a universal strapping system for maximum versatility and fit on most boots; not designed for use with telemark and randonee ski boots


  • 3D shaped frame maximizes strength and performance

Weather and Wind:

  • Included antiballing plates reduce snow build-up beneath your feet


  • These super-light crampons are made from 7075-series aluminum alloy for superb strength and minimal weight


  • World’s lightest 12-point strap-on crampons


  • Durable design distributes force applied to a single spike across the entire platform, making spikes less likely to bend or snap
  • Wear indicators on the side points show when it is time for replacement
  • For general mountaineering, high-altitude climbing
  • Semi-rigid 12-point crampons make light work of low-angle ice terrain
  • C.A.M.P. USA Universal XLC 490 aluminum crampons are not suitable for use on vertical ice or mixed terrain
  • For telemark or A/T boots, use the XLC 390 with automatic bindings

Glacier travelers take note, C.A.M.P. USA Universal XLC 490 aluminum crampons offer serious performance without the weight.


The lightest 12 point crampons in the world! Absolutely perfect for competitive ski mountaineering and glacier travel. Not suitable for ice climbing or intensive mixed terrain. Innovative stamped construction on the front platform distributes pressure applied to one point across the entire platform significantly increasing the strength and durability of the crampon. Available in three binding styles. For telemark or T boots, use the C.A.M.P. XLC 390 with automatic binding.

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The new Camp XLC 490 is lightest 12-point strap-on crampons in the world! Perfect for glacier travel and general mountaineering.
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Anti-balling Plates:no
Binding Type:Strap-On
Boot Size Range:Size 6.5 - 14
Certification:CE, UIAA
Country of Origin:Italy
Crampon Attachment:Strap
Fits shoe size:EU 36 - 48 / US 5 - 13
Heel Attachment:Strap
Material:7075 aluminum alloy
Number of Points:12
Size:36-48 cm, 14-19 in.
Toe Bale:Flexible
Weight:17.28 oz / 490 g
Weight (Grams):490 g
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CAMP XLC 490 Crampons Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

They fit soft snowboard boots!

I brought my old plastic boots and my leather boots to the store to see what crampons I would fit. These crampons fit both boots really well. When I got home I was thrilled to find that they fit my soft snowboard boots just as well as the other two pairs. I was so stoked.

I used them last weekend on Mt Shasta and they performed flawlessly. I did not summit, or even use them on anything but packed snow but they worked great. No snow balling. The straps did not loosen at all.
Trad Dad at REI on 05/05/2010

Lightweight Glacier Crampons

These crampons are made of lightweight aluminum. They are about half the weight of traditional steel crampons.

This means that they are great for someone who needs to carry crampons on their back much more than on their feet. I used them on Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams this summer and they performed well.

I would not use them for any seriously challenging mountaineering. They just aren't strong enough to stand up to rocks, steep ice, and mixed routes.

But for basic glacier walking, they are a wonderful, affordable crampon.
Max Power at REI on 09/09/2007

Negative Reviews:

This product needs some improvements

I bought these crampons for their light weight, to assist on mixed route alpine climbs. Pros: They are light; They are reasonably tough (withstand occasional scramble over scree); they prevent ball buildup in soft snow. But here is the problem: The heel lugs (Where bindings attach) are poorly spaced. For my boots (size 11) the heel is too wide to fit easily between the lugs. When I press the heel back firmly against the lugs and set the straps, the heel slowly works its way way backward as I place a load on them during normal usage. The result of the backward movement is a loosening at the toe allowing the toe to rotate out of the crampon. Attempts to adjust the fit by shortening the overall length resulted in a poor fit and the problem persisted. Even the black heel retaining strap failed to keep my foot where it needed to be.

Some minor design adjustments would yield a much better product, but as is, the fit is poor and if your boot slips out at the wrong moment, the results may be quite unpleasant. Having to adjust your crampons when traversing a steep slope can be unpleasant at the least, and possibly quite dangerous!

I am hoping to get my money back!
dave at REI on 06/06/2009

Don't quite fit right

These crampons are lightweight indeed, but no matter how many times I adjusted them or tightened the straps on a recent climb of Mt. Rainier, the toe would slip out a bit. It was worrisome. Another climber in my party had the same problem with the same crampons. I'm not sure if this is specific to my boots, but since it seems to be a common problem I'm guessing not.
JLC74 at REI on 07/07/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Insufficiently described

Because I live in Australia it is even more important that mail order products be described accurately and comprehensively. I bought the 490 because the description indicated that it would fit all boots - couldn't be further from the truth. It may fit shoes or light hiking boots but it cannot possibly fit telemark or AT boots. So I cannot comment on how they might perform when attached to shoes/boots. Could I ask REI to be careful to completely describe the attributes of their products?
Aussie Geo at REI on 11/11/2008

OK, if you have small or medium boots

In spite of several others' comments about the narrow heel, I took a chance that they would fit my size 11 lightweight La Sportivas, and ordered a pair. They didn't, and I had to send them back.

I think if you wear size 10 boot or smaller, you'll be happy.
Bob in Ridgecrest at REI on 06/06/2010