If you spend a lot of time outdoors in the winter, especially in the mountains you appreciate a pair of crampons. You don’t have to be climbing some gnarly icefall to put a pair of crampons to use. Walking on a hard-packed, snow covered trail or on one with patches of ice can be tough going without some help.
On several occasions since the fall either my husband, myself or a friend have tested the Trail Crampon Pro. It’s made for walking on snow, hard-packed snow and ice but it’s not what you’d use for a serious ice-climb. The manufacturers suggest backcountry hiking, winter hiking and glacier travel.
What I love about the Trail Crampon Pro
These crampons are a snap to put on and take off using the ratchet buckle bindings.
What I love most about them is feeling solid on my feet. When I’ve been in slippery conditions, they have grabbed the snow and ice and provided a high degree of comfort. My friend Ted – who isn’t always so sure what he’s getting into when he goes out with us – literally loved everything about them.
The technical specs of the crampon
- The Trail Crampon Pro weighs 667 g for a regular sized pair and 704 grams for an oversized pair. I didn’t notice the extra weight.
- A regular sized pair fit boots from a women’s size 5 to a men’s size 12. The extra large crampons will fit men’s sixe 12 -15.
- There are a total of 10 spikes made of heat treated carbon steel ranging from 2 – 2.6 centimetres in length.
- They are meant to be worn with a stiff-soled or full shank hiking boot. With a malleable sole it’s possible that the metal base plate will bend or even break.
- The company has tested the product in conditions up to -50°C. When it’s colder than that (really – who’s going outside in these conditions??) the buckles and metal become brittle and can break.
- Each set of crampons comes with an “alpine stopper” to prevent the buckles from opening in deep snow – but I have yet to use them. A wrench is also included to adjust the length.
The length can be adjusted with a wrench
I think anyone who tries these will be pleased with their performance. The only thing I wouldn’t recommend doing is running down a hill with baggy pants. John did that while on Fairview Mountain and ripped a pair of pants so badly they were garbage. Live and learn.