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Black Diamond Contact with ABS

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The strap-on Contact 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. Now constructed using stainless steel for a design that won't rust, crampons are lighter weight and more durable than previous version; stainless steel resists snow balling. Low profile creates a secure connection to modern climbing boots. Horizontal front points provide excellent stability on snow and glaciers. Secondary points create a stable platform while kicking steps; serrated points bite into snow and ice for secure hold. Flexible toe straps fit most footwear. Included dual-density ABS plates keep snow from sticking beneath your feet. Boots size 12 and larger require the Long Center Bars, sold separately.


The Werner Side Kick has an advanced blade design well suited for pulling off the latest play moves. Its downward tilting blades give great initial power in forward and reverse strokes, and the larger blade size works well for stronger paddlers. Carbon construction reduces weight while maintaining stiffness and strength. The aggressive design is perfect for the "tricksters" of the sport, but shouldn't be ruled out if you're not an advanced paddler.Also, the Sidekick paddle is available in two shaft types, Straight or Neutral Bent Shaft. Both have their advantages: Paddlers are more familiar with straight shafts and like the light weight and ability to move their hands along a predictable, straight, and continuous grip area. Straight shafts are typically less expensive. The Werner Neutral Bent Shaft naturally aligns your wrist to reduce stress on joints. The neutral alignment, unique to Werner Paddles, creates a stable leverage point for bracing and all types of paddle strokes. Special indexing allows more hand contact with the shaft, reducing fatigue and increasing comfort.

- RockCreek