Black Diamond Serac Strap

Reviews

3

12-point stainless steel crampon that does the job.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 135 EU

Summary

12-point stainless steel crampon that does the job.

Pros

  • Stainless steel
  • 12-point
  • Anti-balling plates

Cons

  • The points feel dull
  • Not for ice climbing

I bought these a couple of years ago and I've used them only in snow ranging from powder to crust with my flexible hunting boots, but never on solid ice.
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After some mixed rocky trail hike, a fellow hiker advised me to buy a knife sharpening stone to sharpen the edges from time to time. I came to no result since stainless steel is VERY HARD to sharpen. Not that I needed any sharpening because till this day they are as sharp as they were when I first unboxed them.

The fit is excellent and once the adjustment is done there is no need to re-tighten since they stay in place for the rest of the hike.
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The anti balling plates work like a charm and never had any issues whatsoever.


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My boots are size 44 and I've set the pin to 3. The standard bar cover (I think) up to size 46 boot.

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I didn't want to shorten the strap, so I had some velcro sewn to it to keep it in place.

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Bought them new for 135 euros. OK price I guess..
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The weight per crampon with the velcro mod.
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Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the helpful review and pictures, Nick!


4 months ago
FromSagetoSnow

They look almost identical to the BD Contact crampons, which would have saved you some money. I'd recommend a single-cut file to sharpen them over a stone and, yes Stainless is a pain to sharpen.


4 months ago
Nick Mesarhakis

I agree about the Contact option. They would be cheaper and lighter but they would also miss 2 points. That's why I chose Serac. I'll think about the file although I didn't notice any signs of further dullness (they are practically as I unboxed them).


4 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

Clever idea with the velcro. Too often I've cut excess straps items and then regretted it later. Thanks for the great review, Nick.


4 months ago
Nick Mesarhakis

Thanks a lot guys.


4 months ago

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