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    Contact Strap Crampon

    For general mountaineering, icy bootpacks, or mountain treks that include snow or glacier travel, the Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon gives you durable, lightweight dependability. Black Diamond designed the Contact with stainless steel for low weight and to ward off rusting.
    • 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
    • Item #BLD1066

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    1 for 2, not bad

      bought 2 pairs - one pair fit size 10 woman boots perfect, and im totes pumped to use in the north cascades this year.....bummer though, bought a second pair that didn't fit a size 12 mens boot. i read the reviews earlier and thought i'd take my chances (since it really isnt a huge or heavy duty boot at all).....unfortunately it is maybe a 1/2 inch too short.

      Black Diamond Contact Strap

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Capable and universal, the strap feature lacks the stability of semi or fully automatic attachment options, however they can, and have, been strapped to just about any closed toe footwear (I do recommend mountaineering boots). I have put just under 10,000 feet of gain on these and can say they certainly do the job. Good traction for a 10 point and the durability of steel to boot. While they are certainly not a technical crampon I will confess to having scaled some occasional vertical ice using my pair and the front point do bite better if you file down the tops. Primarily used now as loaners for friends I rope into trips, and still going strong. One complaint, the bar is indeed a bit short.

      Black Diamond Contact Strap

      Work well with my La Sportiva TX4 Mids

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      First of all, I wear a size 44.5 La Sportiva boot that fits great on the forth hole away from the end of the extension bar that came with the crampons. I read many reviews that the bar was super short, but for simple hiking/approach mid boots, they are plenty long. A size 44.5 snowboarding boot might be pushing it.

      They hold well to all snow and ice conditions that I have encountered so far. They are probably the least grippy in steep slush, as the front spikes aren't quite enough to make up for the lack of horizontally placed spikes under the ball of the foot that are sometimes present on snowshoes.

      Time will tell I guess. I had to walk on and off repeatedly over snow and rocks on one hike. The metal spikes look like they got chewed up pretty good on the tips. Crampons are not collectors items and are designed to be used until they are no longer useful. As long as they don't fall off my feet at a bad time, I'm fin with the wear and tear.

      They fit great on my TX4 Mid GTX approach boots. It's almost like the boots were designed to take strap crampons, as the heel locks into the strap in a way that will likely never come undone, and the toes have enough protection to keep from getting rubbed hard. While it's preferable to have a stiffer boot for crampons, the TX4 Mid has enough ankle support that combines with the low height of the sole and wide footbed to make it more stable than a pair of lightweight mid boots should have any right to.

      Old faithful

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have used these on a few outings over the years and lent them to friends and it is nice to have one set that will fit so many different shoes and boots. I'm excited for the next time I get to use them.

      Nice Product-Wrong Description

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

      I would write a great review but these crampons do not fit my size 12 hiking boots. Item description explains it fits all size boots; however, I would have to order Long Flex Center Bars from Blackdiamond for $19.95 to fit a size 12 as Backcountry does not have these on their website. The BC description does not describe the gear I ordered.

      Great Crampons

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      These crampons work great for me. I'm not an every week-end user. When I do need crampons in the North Cascades these universal crampons work really well with my Asolo boots.

      The bomb

        I just used these today for the first time on a great ski mountaineering adventure and they were fantastic. Easy to get on and off the feet. They make you feel some much more confident when conditions get sketchy. Great product!

        All time favorite crampon

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This is one of the most versatile crampons I've ever owned. They fit on everything from my approach shoes to my mountaineering boots. I purchased these for spring hiking in the mountains and they have worked great.

        Very Happy

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        My first pair of crampons, I bought them right before my Mt. Adams climb. I tried them on with my Keen boots before the trip and they seemed to fit well. I did cut off almost a foot of the adjustment strap after trying them on and I haven't regretted it, they come with a lot of extra length. We strapped up at 4:30am and used them for a good 5,000ft up to the summit. After putting them on I never had to tighten or adjust them. They didn't slip around on my boots and they seem like they would fit any ankle boot. Great all around crampon, I highly recommend them!

        Excellent Crampons

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        We give these a 5 star because they do an incredible job doing what they are supposed to do. They are well designed, last a long time when taken care of well, and will strap to anything from a mountaineering boot to a backpacking boot to a ski boot. The downside of these is that they are not the ideal crampon to get if you have a mountaineering boot, as a more secure crampon would be the Black Diamond Sabretooth pro crampon which seats well on mountaineering boots intended for use with these crampons. That being said, BD makes excellent gear and these crampons do a great job!!

        Great crampon

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I'd never worn a pair of crampons in my life but tried these over the weekend and they dominated! After a quick learning curve which included stabbing my leg once and shredding my pants a little, we were able to hike up 2000 feet of varying snow conditions and didn't have any problems, even up 300 near verticle feet to get out of a lake basin. For a newb like me, these things perform awesome.

        Can only give 4 stars because still had to buy the separate extender bar. They should just come with it.

        Yes, I bought another set of crampons

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        It's been a very icy winter in New England and micro spikes won't cut it and my other crampons don't fit my hiking boot. Decided to go with these over something like the Hillsound crampons. Other than needing to trim the strap down, these are a great pair of crampons for hiking steep trails with heavy, hard ice flows.

        too narrow for snowboard boots

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Maybe I'm just too old or too stupid, but I can't make them fit my snowboard boots (Burton Ruler size 10.5 and DC Travis Rice 10.5) properly; the attachment points are too narrow for the boots. Or am I doing something wrong?
        One of the crampons came off numerous times yesterday - on a steep, icy face, where there was no secure place to rest and fit or turning back. A bit too exciting for my taste.
        When they stay on the boots they are great, the teeth grip as they're supposed to, and they're really great when then the split board crampons aren't enough.

        Hi Christian - I use Burton Rulers (also size 10.5) and am planning to do some splitboard mountaineering - do Burton Rulers work for that (tread is limited, so presumably only with a strap-on crampon like this), but if this crampon was too narrow - what crampon do you recommend would work better? Were Burton Rulers stiff enough? Also what split board crampon do you use?

        Nice basic crampons

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I bought these crampons to use with medium weight hiking boots with flexible soles. I have rigid crampons for my plastic AT ski boots. I want to use these for light/easy summer snow/glacier use. They fit my boots OK (Lowa Renegade). I like the fact they are stainless steel, my old crampons are rusting some.

        Works perfect! Fits Perfect!

        This crampon works perfect with my Rome Libertine Size 10.5 boots.

        The tightening system is reliable and easy to use.

        The low weight makes this crampon maybe the best of its type.

        I would have expected a fabric case included, though.

        Works perfect! Fits Perfect!


        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        ever tried to use a stiff crampon with flexible hiking boots or snowboard boots? it sucks. feels like you're Achilles tendon is being stretched with every step. this crampon flexes in the middle - perfect for strapping to flexible boots or snowboard boots. used them for shasta. light and grippy.

        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.

        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!

        Will these fit on a mens downhill boot, size 27.5 nordicas?

        Hey Mark,

        These crampons should work just fine with that boot and sizing. The crampons fit European sizes 36-46 and you would fall under a 42.5.

        If you have any other questions or need assistance with an existing order or placing an order, please feel free to contact us on Chat or call us at 1-800-409-4502. Thanks!

        Unanswered Question

        New to crampons and wondering how well these will work for hiking on mixed terrain. Typical trails I hike in springtime will have sections of hard-packed snow and ice interspersed with sections of rocky terrain. How well will these work on the rocky sections and will it be damaging to the crampon ?

        Unanswered Question

        Would these crampons work well with my Scarpa AT ski boots for steeper/ more technical ski tours (Shasta, Lassen, etc)?

        Will these fit a size 12 snowboard boot? If not then what would you suggest?

        Hi David!

        Thanks for reaching out to us with your question!

        These will not fit without also purchasing the extra long center bar. If you get the correct center bar then you are good to go!

        Need more info/beta? Want help getting geared up for your next adventure? Feel free to reach out to me directly @

        Unanswered Question

        will these fit on Scott (formerly Garmont) Excursion tele-boots with classic 75mm duckbill? Or is the duckbill too wide for the front strap

        is this crampon going to fit size 8 1/2...

        is this crampon going to fit size 8 1/2 US ? All comments seem to be size 11 or 12. I know the length adjust. But, isn't the boot going to shift and move around between the side post on a smaller size boot? Especially when put under the intense stress of climbing.

        Hello bob,

        This crampon will fit your 8 1/2 US size shoe. The size of the regular bar ranges from EU 36-46. You will just need to play around with it till you get the perfect fit for the boots you will be using. I hope this helps.

        is this crampon going to fit a size 14...

        is this crampon going to fit a size 14 (US) boot?

        Will they fit on http://www.garmontusa.c...

        Will they fit on ????

        or which crampons would you recommend for general use to walk on ice or to climb up to 60 degrees???

        Hi Antonis,

        Those crampons will fit perfectly on the Garmont Zenith. My on;y concern is that your boot may not be supportive enough for you to use if you end up needing to front point for long periods of time. For general snow travel, that set up will be fine, but on ice, you'll wish you had a stiffer boot (to allow for kicking and frontpointing).

        Hi, 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:

        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.


        Best Answer

        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.

        Enjoy Shasta!

        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.

        Hey Daphne,

        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.

        And I second Phil on this one, I've since moved on to the sabretooth clip, not as versatile but solid fit on boots with heel welt. The additional points help with stability and can be used to climb ice. You'll feel much more secure! Contacts are nice for light glacier travel

        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?

        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.

        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.

        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.

        Would these crampons work for technical...

        Would these crampons work for technical ice climbing ,scaling frozen waterfalls?

        Will these work with stiffer snowboarding...

        Will these work with stiffer snowboarding boots such as the Burton driver X?

        This product is only $129.95 at Black...

        This product is only $129.95 at Black Diamond's website and REI. Why is it more expensive here?

        Best Answer

        You are correct, $129.95 is the MSRP for these crampons and there must be an error with the product listing. You should contact BC Customer Service via the Live Chat function or call 1-800-409-4502 and they will usually match or beat the competitions price.

        Wondering of these will fit smallish boots,...

        Wondering of these will fit smallish boots, say a Men's 6 or a wonen's 8?