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Possibly the most versatile crampon out there.
You don't need separate crampons for ice, mixed, and alpine climbing when the Camp USA - Cassin Blade Runner Crampon excels at all three. This innovative crampon has a unique heel slide that integrates the linking bar with the heel for better torsional rigidity, and it combines the power and stability of vertical frames with the
precision and easy adjustment of horizontal frames. Made with Sandvik
Nanoflex steel, the heel slide is incredibly strong for how thin it is,
and it provides the right amount of flexibility throughout the crampon.
Cassin made the front platform out of Cromoly steel to absorb impacts
and maintain solid rigidity under your foot, and it reduces the
flexibility and play that make you feel insecure on technical terrain.
The Blade Runner offers easy penetration on icy precipices and a superior hold even in ever-changing conditions. You can switch the front points between dual and mono, centered or offset quickly and easily thanks to the hook and notch system. Semi-automatic toe bails and anti-balling plates give your boot a secure fit regardless of whether your boot has rigid toe lugs or not. And an asymmetric design follows the contours of your boot to ensure a precise fit that gives you the confidence you need to send successfully.
- V-shaped Cromoly steel front platform
- Sandvik Nanoflex steel heel slide
- 13/14 points
- Dual, mono, centered, or offset front points
- Included anti-balling plates
- Semi-automatic toe bails
- Asymmetric design
- Item #CSN0044
- Q & A
Worth the $$
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is probably one of the only pieces of gear Camp USA will tell you that "Will make you a better ice climber". The way the front points were designed instill confidence with every kick. I have been using BD's for a few years and tried out the Blade Runners, I was floored with their performance.
When you get the crampon you will notice a few things nobody else is doing. The rear part of this crampon has a section that locks the boot into place. The front part has been changed to accommodate the rocker of today's modern mountaineering boots.
The way the secondary dual points are engaged really take some fatigue off your calves. The main front point was also developed to be used on thin ice and not fracture ice like competitors. Id be lying if I told you I knew all about the engineering of this product because its complex, I just know it works. The picture is of Ian Osteyee and Jesse Mattner, look up their climbing resumes, they both helped develop this crampon.
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have a hard time believing there is a better crampon on the market currently, no matter what your pursuit is. You have up to 5 positions you can install the front points on, giving you tremendous freedom when setting the crampon up for any objective. Also because the front points are interchangeable, you can have a single crampon to do everything: snow, ice, or mixed. This feature alone will likely eliminate 2 pairs of crampons for most people (it has for me). Every detail of these crampons were well thought out and include features few other crampons come with. The integral heel piece and center bar make a considerably stiffer crampon than standard three piece construction. Additionally this integral piece and has two small points for providing purchase on bulges of ice which would "high center" on other crampons. The location of the secondary points is outstanding, and they consistently engage the ice providing you with a bomber platform to stand on. If you are used to 3 piece crampon construction this 2 piece will take a little getting use to, as you generally have to completely separate the 2 pieces to fit them in crampon bags, however the added rigidity makes up for this shortfall. I would consider carrying a small allen key with these crampons to keep the front points snug. While they are fitted with locking washers, it's nice to be able to snug them down at the end of the day or before you start. The only thing I would say needs improvement is the heel welt locking lever, it has functioned fine but has a cheap feel to it. Overall an outstanding crampon and incredibly versatile.