Hillsound Cypress 6

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Weight 680 g/pair
Plate Material Heat-treated S50C Carbon steel
Tensile Strength 1,183N
Compressive Strength 17,120N
Rockwell Hardness 45HRC



I do a lot of winter mountain hiking on the Appalachian…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $48.99

I do a lot of winter mountain hiking on the Appalachian Trail/Vermont Long Trail. Trail conditions range widely from packed powder snow to wet snow to heavy crust to sheet ice, sometimes all of the above in one hike depending on elevation gained. If the trail is already packed and I don’t need snowshoes to break trail on new snow, some form of light trail crampon is far superior to clunking around in snowshoes.

Over the past 5 years I’ve tried to find a light trail crampon for winter trekking. I’ve wasted a lot of money on Yaktrax (they slip off on steep terrain, and clog with snow), Stabilicers (most of the ice studs fell off after just 2 miles on rocky snow) and other ice traction products with rubber bindings that get loose and literally fall off when they get cold.

The Petzl Crab 6, also a 6 point mid-sole crampon, while similar in concept has zero protection from wet snow build-up and only webbing straps for binding that take minutes to put on with cold bare hands, and are impossible to put on with heavy winter gloves or mitts on. Full mountaineering crampons are too big, too heavy, way too excessive for the AT/LT, and too costly.

After an intensive online search for a better alternative I found the Hillsound Cypress 6 mid-sole trail crampon – they are amazing!

-- the ratchet bindings took just 5 seconds to click on (and only 1 second to click off, very cool!) with heavy winter mitts on!

-- the bindings not only locked the crampons onto my hiking boots with zero play or slip, they even helped snug up the boots for a more secure fit due to the Cypress 6 wrap-around binding design

-- the traction on snow and ice was phenomenal, I was even able to run full speed down a black diamond ski trail without using my poles on packed powder, and hike up black ice sheeted trail rocks with 100% traction

-- the crampon points are not as long as mountaineering crampon points so they didn’t catch at all when I didn’t need them too, so no accidental spike-induced tripping

-- the anti-snow pads meant zero snow build up, even in transitioning from wet snow to frozen crust during altitude transitions or during end of day temperature drops

-- they’re very compact and light

-- the included stuff bag is not only very tough and rip-proof, it allowed me to put the Cypress 6 in my pack with no fear of damage to down parka, sleeping bag, etc.

-- they are beautifully made, with incredible attention to detail and durability

-- all this for under $50!

Finally got the perfect solution to what I needed for winter trekking in the Green Mountains!


All tours, just for any season to wear in backpack!

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: better any than no any!


All tours, just for any season to wear in backpack!


  • Fits excellent on sport shoes or boots


  • Granite or any hard rock when you step on after snow

This little crampons remind me of older and similar crampons Grivel Hunter with chain step on below and belts on upper side of boot.

Sometime is just fine to wear in your backpack like first aid kit , light e.t.c.

Range of use >>>>>>Better to have in any case crampons then no any and direct exposed to danger and high risk.

Much Luck

Manufacturer's Description

The Hillsound Cypress6 is a six-point instep foot crampon perfect for non-technical trekking on snow, ice or glaciers. Utilizing a simple ratchet buckle, the Cypress6 bindings make it easy to take the crampon on and off quickly. There is also an easy-to-use width adjuster making the Cypress winter traction system compatible with almost all footwear.

Visit Hillsound's Cypress 6 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Hillsound Cypress 6One of the things you don't want to do during winter is to be slipping and sliding all over, when it comes to ice and snow you want to stay firm on the trails. The Hillsound Cypress 6 is a durable and easy winter traction system compatible with most sturdy footwear and it has a simple ratchet buckle binding. One of the quickest crampons you can put on and can take off in the field; 5 seconds on and 1 second off! The ratchet bindings provide comfortable support, guaranteeing a snug fit that won't loosen up or come off. The Hillsound Cypress 6's greatest feature is the anti-snowballing pad; you can take these crampons running up a mountain or trekking down the slopes without any fear of slipping, whether it's wet snow, ice or a combination of both. No worries whatsoever.

- SunnySports

A six-point instep micro crampon with easy-to-use buckles, the Hillsound Cypress6 is perfect for non-technical trekking on snow, ice, or glaciers.


The Hillsound Cypress 6 utilizes a simple ratchet attachment system to be compatible with most sturdy winter footwear. The ratchet system provides comfortable and secure support that wont loosen or come off unexpectedly. An antiballing plate lets you take these crampons into more serious backcountry conditions than casual ice creepers. Simple ratchet buckle bindings provide comfortable and secure supportAntiballing plates prevent snow buildup underfoot6point crampons for conditions where full crampons are overkill, and ice creepers are inadequateWeight for a pair: 1lb 3oz (550g)

- Campmor

Hillsound Cypress 6


The Hillsound Cypress 6 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen April 7, 2014 at SunnySports.

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