Recent Crampon Reviews

Black Diamond Snaggletooth

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Good precision and grip, but slightly heavy. I bought them for mixed climbing routes with a lot of rock climbing involved and they proved very adequate for the task indeed. I used them with a pair of La Sportiva Baturas and they performed very well with great feeling and precision. However there was this incident on the downclimb when one of the crampons suddenly came off without particular reason. I had them fitted really hard, so I don't know what happened but since then I am a bit cautious. Full review

Black Diamond Contact Strap

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy to fit on and great traction. These were very easy to fit to my boots (10.5D), and fast to get set up. I really appreciate crampons that are a breeze to put on and take off. It's not often I have an easy place to put them on when I get to ice, snow, etc. And the first time using them, I could feel a lot of secure traction on snow and scree fields. Full review

Black Diamond Serac Strap

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 12-point stainless steel crampon that does the job. 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… Full review

Petzl Leopard FL

rated 5 of 5 stars The Petzl Leopard FL is an aluminum crampon featuring a Dyneema cord adjustment system. The crampon is so light you won't hate yourself for carrying them when you didn't need them. They are so easy to use and so effective you'll be glad you have them when you do need them. Specifications: All aluminum construction optimized for snow travel Ten points (with dual front points) assure traction on icy terrain Very lightweight 360 gm/12 ounces for pair CORD-TECH optimizes volume when packed in their… Full review

Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro

rated 4 of 5 stars Not a slip-on crampon. Once I figured out how to properly mount these on my boots they work great. Size up the crampons to your boot, lock it in. Getting on and strapping in can be a pain. I've used them a dozen times, most recently a hike up Mt. Katahdin. Once I figured how to strap them in properly they stayed tight, and using the fine adjustment helps. I use them on Koflach Arctis Expe boots and Scarpa Jorasses Pro GTX boots.  Full review

Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro

rated 3 of 5 stars I have had these for three months and have used them during my quest to complete the winter 46 in the Adirondacks. First the pluses: quick on and off, length of teeth, carbon steel, anti balling plates. The negatives: the attachment system although quick is ill designed; the 4 alpine stoppers are a solution to a design problem that is inelegant and frustrating when having to use in freezing temperatures. I have lost a crampon on the trail without these stoppers and find that the ratcheting system… Full review

Kahtoola KTS Steel Hiking Crampons

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Would be excellent, but for a design flaw. Rear cleats are too close together causing an instability when hiking over hard surfaces, such as ice or rock. The Kahtoola hiking crampons shown in the photo are of a flawed design. I bought a pair last year and tried them out in a variety of conditions—ranging from packed snow to icy trails. The length of the spikes make them very good on packed snow, but on ice or icy trails they are very wobbly. This instability on hard ice is caused by the too-narrow… Full review

Grivel G10

rated 4 of 5 stars High quality, good fitting steel crampon; excess strap annoying. I use these for hiking and scrambling when there is enough slope that I need the grip. They hold well on ice and hard pack, and give some assurance in deep snow. The antibott works as advertised...I never get snow packing on them. They are a 10 point crampon and designed for regular hiking boots, NOT mountaineering boots. The toe and heel fittings fold down and the length collapses to make them easier to pack. The straps stay tight… Full review

Black Diamond Neve

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent touring crampons for ordinary hiking boots. I've owned a couple of pairs of touring crampons for ordinary hiking boots. These are soo much better than my first pair you wouldn't even put them in the same competition. After correctly setting the length of my boot, these crampons have NEVER slipped off my boot — unlike my other pair! For their intended use these are just great. These are obviously not for ice climbers! But for touring in steep old snow these are just fabulous. Highly recommended! Full review

CAMP Alpinist Universal added Jan 22, 2019
CAMP Skimo Race added Jan 22, 2019
CAMP Alpinist added Jan 22, 2019
CAMP Alpinist Pro added Jan 22, 2019
CAMP Skimo Total Race added Jan 22, 2019
Black Diamond Sabretooth added Aug 12, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Leopard FL added Jul 17, 2016
Petzl Irvis Hybrid added Jul 17, 2016
Black Diamond Serac Pro added Aug 25, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Snaggletooth added Jul 21, 2015
CAMP Frost Crampons added Mar 25, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro added Dec 15, 2013
Petzl D-Lynx added Nov 12, 2013
CAMP Blade Runner Crampons added Oct 15, 2013
$6 - $349
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Cyborg Pro added Oct 3, 2013
Liberty Mountain Slide Stopper Cleats Pair added Nov 24, 2012
Kahtoola K-10 Hiking Crampon added Oct 22, 2012
CAMP Tour Nanotech added Mar 23, 2012
Korkers PolarTrax Ultra added Dec 31, 2011
$20 - $24
CAMP Race 290 added Dec 14, 2011
$180 MSRP
CAMP Tour 350 added Nov 20, 2011
$160 MSRP
Black Diamond Stinger Crampon added Nov 19, 2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Lynx added Nov 6, 2011
Grivel G22 Crampon added Nov 4, 2011
$172 - $229
Black Diamond Contact Clip added Aug 29, 2011
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel G1 Crampon added Jul 1, 2011
Grivel G20 added May 10, 2010
$220 - $249
CAMP C12 added Apr 22, 2010
Cassin C14 added Apr 21, 2010
Grivel Race Crampon added Apr 20, 2010
Grivel Haute Route Crampon added Apr 20, 2010
CAMP XLC 490 added Apr 13, 2010
$120 - $159
Stubai Twin Peaks added Apr 7, 2010
Black Diamond Contact with ABS added Dec 20, 2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Serac Strap added Sep 1, 2009
$180 - $184
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Cyborg added Jun 1, 2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro added Apr 27, 2009
CAMP Magix 10 added Apr 15, 2009
$130 MSRP
Black Diamond Serac added Nov 22, 2008
Stubai Ultralight Combi added Jan 6, 2008
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Stubai Antislip added Jan 6, 2008
Black Diamond Raptor added Sep 6, 2007
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Kahtoola KTS Steel Hiking Crampons added May 13, 2007
CAMP XLC Nanotech added Apr 16, 2007
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Rambo 4 added Jan 26, 2007
$250 - $259
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
AustriAlpin Slipstream added Dec 20, 2006
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
SMC Superblue Hinged Crampons added Dec 18, 2006
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
CAMP Stalker added Sep 26, 2006
$90 - $119
Petzl Dartwin added Sep 23, 2006
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Trango Hyper Harpoon added Sep 17, 2006