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Black Diamond Serac

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Black Diamond Serac crampon
Version reviewed: Serac Strap

12-point stainless steel crampon that does the job.


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


  • 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.
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.
The anti balling plates work like a charm and never had any issues whatsoever.

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

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

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

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 135 EU

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