Make Contact with alpine snow and ice.
- Horizontal front points provide more security in steep snow
- Full-strap attachment system works with any boots or even shoes
- Anti-balling plates keep snow from sticking
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Great All Round Crampon
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've had the Contact for the past 3 years and they make a great all round pair of crampons for use with all boots. Great for boots that don't have stiff soles and welts to accommodate auto or semi-automatic style. Never had problems with these coming loose.
I've since upgraded to another Black Diamond semi-auto crampon for AT gear and new boots so these are now being used for others who want to try out the mountaineering scene.
At the top of a steep snow climb...
Great all around crampons!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've used these on several snow climbs up to 60 degrees in colorado. These are excellent! Super durable when walking over rock, stick very well into hard snow, and are easy to adjust and stay tight! I would definitely recommend these to anyone!
I bought these for my brother in law who does a lot of early summer hiking. He wears them with a pair of waterproof merrells and loves them. He said they work great on different surfaces of snow from slushy to hard pack. Easy to attach and stay on very well.
I'm going to summit Mt. Shasta via...
I'm going to summit Mt. Shasta via the standard Avalanche Gulch route this weekend and am wondering if these are the correct crampons to buy (I have these lightweight mountaineering boots: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/asolo-lothar-gore-tex-light-mountaineering-boots-waterproof-for-women~p~3236w/)
I summited via the standard route 2yrs ago, but I rented all my gear at the time and don't recall what type of crampons I used.
These crampons will fit on just about any footwear. The Asolos will be fine with the crampons. for a more aggressive boot with a heel welp the "clip" crampons will be better suited for.
I'll second Reid's comments. These will work well, but it looks like the Lothars have enough of a heel welt to accept the bail on the BD Sabretooth clips. That's the better choice for a solid and secure crampon.
Thanks so much, Reid and Phil! So although these crampons are versatile, should I go with the BD Sabretooth ones instead?
Doing a little more research to make sure the heel welt was in fact big enough and the sole stiff enough, based on what I've found, I would have to say yes, with the Lothars being able to accept a hybrid crampon, the Sabretooth clips are the way to go. You'll get in faster and have a more secure fit.
Bought for the Haute Route
Bought these guys for the Haute route after hearing they fit on snowboard boots. They almost fit on snowboard boots, but not larger sizes. They are great in other instances, but not for my particular use, if you're looking for a snowboard boot crampoon go for a Grivel.
Great Price point/ Great product
These crampons are great..Easy to put on, easy to take off, and do what they are supposed to...Hold you on the ice.. I have made two approaches in these over 5000 ft gain in various ice conditions, in some very unusually mild temps. they hold up to everything..
I have a size 11 boot, and the standard size is almost maxed, so if you have larger boots/feet. Plan on getting the extension bars.
Looking to be able to strap a pair of...
Looking to be able to strap a pair of crampons to my T1 (teleboots) in addition to my Asolo TPS (leather hikers). Wondering if these make more sense than the Sabertooths?
Yes - I don't believe that the TPS boots accept a heel bail, so the sabretooth would not fit those, while a strap fitting would work with either boot.
I want to purchase crampons for general...
I want to purchase crampons for general mountaineering. I would appreciate some help knowing what differentiates between the BD Contacts and the Sabretooths. For example, what type of conditions would the BD Contacts be superior to the Sabretooths? and vise versa..
For light mountaineering and glacier travel I'd go with the Contact. The points are less agressive and it works with any boot. For forays onto vertical ice look to the Sabretooth but only if you have a boot with a heel welt as the crampon attachment will need one.
Durable and light
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
My son really likes his.
On top of Mt Adams
great for walking in all boots
Not the most tecnical "pon but they fit well on all my boots
really like these for general snow walking, I just got back from a trip up timpanogus, and they worked awesome.plus they fit awesome on all these boots
BD Quadrant A/T boot
La sportiva glacier mountaineering boot
La sortiva pamir hiking boot
Burton Ruler snowboard boot
Did not stay on
I used these with Burton snowboard boots and could not trust them to stay on. The top strap would slowly edge around the tip of the boot and eventually come off - usually at very bad times. I just got new boots so we'll see if that helps.
I'm having trouble deciding between the...
I'm having trouble deciding between the Clip-On and Strap models. I think I will primarily be using these crampons with ski boots (Dynafit TLT5) for ski mountaineering, but it would be nice to be able to use them with my hiking boots occasionally as well and not have to own two pairs of crampons. Are there significant disadvantages of using the strap model vs the clip-on with ski boots?
I have the TLT 5s and use a clip crampon mostly because they are way easier and faster to put on when you are standing at the base of a colouir. I guess if you were willing to futz with them a bit and really didn't want two pairs I'd get the strap. But waiting for my partner to put on his strap crampons while I'm already booting the chute can get old.
You will get much better stability with the clip on. Its give and take.
Strap crampons always feel "loose" on my AT boots and snowboard boots.
These are great crampons, purchased them for backcountry snowboarding and they fit perfect over my snowboard boots and never slipped or moved, while my partners whose crampons I wont name were all over the place. Super durable and I was able to traverse over scree with ease.
My only complaint is the inward curve of the center bar it seems unnecessary and ripped my pants multiple times this didn't keep me from giving them five stars because my pants were super baggy and I am still learning how to walk in crampons. I have purchased some Mountain Hardwear Bokta pants which are incredible by the way and are more of an alpine fit and never even came close to ripping them. The curve just seems like a unnecessary design choice.
They fit on anything!
I have fit these to just about every kind of boot you can imagine: AT boots, XC boots, Mountaineering boots, Duck boots, and they have a perfect fit every time. The only downside is the 10 miles of extra strap that comes on these, but that can be very handy to wrap the two together so I can overlook that.
Easy to wear
Easy on, easy off for quick transition. Light, didn't even feel like I had much on my feet.
I'm a bit of a beginner, but these were recommended. So far, have been used for mountaineering in the Uintas in Utah. Worn with size 6 La Sportiva Trango Women's Mountaineering Boots.
I need a crampon for splitboarding and...
I need a crampon for splitboarding and general mountaineering. but I only have enogh dough for on pair will these work on a 3/4 mountaineerng boot without compramising funtion?
You may have issues fitting both snowboarding and mountaineering boots into the same set of crampons. I've seen people have to bend the crampon body to get snowboard boots to fit in them, but that would make them too loose for mountaineering boots.
Haven't tried them on snowboarding boots, just mountaineering boots, but another person's review indicated they work for a wide range of boots.
thanks guys, I eventually bought a pair, and they fit awesome on all these boots
BD Quadrant A/T boot
La sportiva glacier mountaineering boot
La sortiva pamir hiking boot
Burton Ruler snowboard boot