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Black Diamond Serac Crampons

photo: Black Diamond Serac Crampons crampon
Version reviewed: Serac Strap

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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Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 135 EU

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Specs

Strap Clip Pro
Price MSRP: $184.95
Current Retail: $149.96-$199.95
Historic Range: $95.97-$199.95
Weight Per Pair 860 g / 1 lb 14 oz 905 g / 2 lb 890 g / 1 lb 15 oz
Use Strap version is for non-technical footwear Clip version is for mountain boots without a toe welt Pro version is for technical boots
Materials Stainless steel
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