Cypress6 Crampon
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The Hillsound Cypress6 Crampon is a six-point instep cleat perfect for non-technical trekking on snow, ice or glaciers. Utilizing a simple ratchet buckle, the Cypress6 bindings make it easy to take the crampon on and off quickly. There is also an easy-to-use width adjuster making the Cypress winter traction system compatible with almost all footwear. Carry case included.
  • The Cypress6 features 6 carbon steel spikes of 2cm length.
  • Perfect for use in deep snow and ski fields.
  • One size fits all.
  • Ratchet style buckle is easy to get on and off while wearing gloves.


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Sunny Sports The Warming Store Hillsound at Austin Canoe and Kayak Hillsound at Campsaver hillsound crampons
easy-on, easy-off
high strength

Product Details

Spike Material: Heat-treated Carbon Steel
Harness Material: Elastomer
Spike Height: 2cm-2.6cm / 3/4″-1″
Spike Number: 6
Weight: 550g (19.4oz)

Instructions and Use


Before every use check over the product to ensure there is no damage such as loose buckles, tears, loose bolts, or warped or broken metal. If damage is discovered discontinue use to prevent further damage and potential injury.

Test crampons prior to use for proper fit. Check positioning of shoe so that it is sitting snugly against the heel holder and the base plate sits under the arch of the shoe.


Always put on and remove crampons while seated and in a flat clear area to avoid falling over while balancing. Place the crampon flat on the ground and your shoe inside it to get an idea of how much you will need to widen the base plate to fit your shoe. The base plate width can be adjusted to accommodate different size and types of shoe. Remove the crampon from your foot and insert the Alan key into the metal bolt and turn in an anti-clockwise direction to widen the plate. Turn in a clockwise direction to make the base plate narrower in width.

To fasten the product, place rear of shoe against the heel strap, and the sole of the shoe flat against the base plate.  Lift the ratchet buckle and feed the top strap through the ratchet buckle. Repeat process for the bottom ratchet buckle. Use the ratchets to fasten, tightening until you feel a snug fit and the crampon does not move on your shoe.

To remove crampon, pull up on bottom buckle tab and slide straps out of buckle system. Repeat for top ratchet buckle. Remove foot from crampon.


Hillsound Cypress6 is designed for recreational activities, such as backcountry and winter hiking, and is not made for technical climbing. These are not a mountaineering crampon. Avoid using crampons when on stairs or river crossings. Only use crampons in snow and icy conditions. This product has been tested to -50ºC. Under temperatures colder than -50ºC the polycarbonate buckles and metal can become brittle and break. Avoid contact with any chemicals as they may interfere with the integrity of the crampon.


Transport crampons using a sturdy bag so as to protect the spikes from damaging personal belongings. Always position the spikes away from the body when transporting them.


After use crampons must be thoroughly cleaned, dried and stored in a cool dry place. The carbon steel base plate can rust. To prevent rust they can be oiled after use and drying. Topical rusting on carbon steel plates can be removed by scrubbing with metal brush. Oil the scrubbed surface if necessary.

Size Charts

Size: (U.S.) Men’s 6- 12.5/ (Eur) 36-47

Safety Warning and Warranty


Hillsound Equipment Inc.’s crampons and traction devices are designed to provide improved traction in snow and ice conditions. This traction device is not suitable for technical ice climbing, steep terrain or mountaineering. Hillsound products do not eliminate the risks associated with snowy and icy conditions and cannot prevent all slips and falls. When wearing Hillsound products, always use caution, extreme care and common sense. Failure to do so could result in injury or death. The user alone is responsible for determining whether his/her experience, combined with the equipment, terrain and weather, present a risk. The user alone assumes responsibility for the safe and proper use of this product and any risk associated with its use. Activities involving the use of this equipment are inherently dangerous. Hillsound is not responsible or liable for any loss, damages, injury or death caused by the use of this or any other Hillsound products.


Hillsound crampons have a 2-year warranty against damage due to poor workmanship and/or defective materials excluding normal wear and tear, oxidation, alterations and modifications, damage by mechanical force, improper storage and maintenance and uses for which this product is not designed. In the event that the Hillsound product does not perform as listed, the user shall notify Hillsound of any such defect within 90 calendar days from the date when the defect was observed. The user’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be limited to the correction of the defect by adjustment, repair, replacement or refund, which shall be at Hillsound’s election.



This Agreement and any disputes or claims arising out of or in connection with its subject matter shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia, Canada, without regard to any conflict of law provisions, and shall be binding upon the parties hereto in Canada and worldwide. The parties consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts within the Province of British Columbia to adjudicate any dispute arising out of this Agreement. The parties agree that the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is specifically excluded from application to this Agreement.

Product Comparison

Spike Length¹ | # of Spikes| Weight
FreeSteps6®Winter Walking0.7cm / ¼"
21 Spikes
345g (size M) / 12.17oz

Ultra lightweight with a slip-on rubber harness
compatible with most footwear.
Ice Fishing
Wet/Icy Trail
Icy Pavement
Trail Crampon UltraTrail Running1.2cm / ½"
18 Spikes
422g (size M) / 14.9oz
Lightweight yet strong spikes with heel plate and
over-foot strap. Durable rubber harness.
Muddy Trail
Wet/Icy/Snowy Trail
Mixed Terrain
Trail CramponHiking1.5 cm / ⅔"
11 Spikes
462g (size M) / 16.3oz
Plated heat-treated carbon spikes with hinges and
over-foot strap for max support and flexibility.
$59.99 USD
$64.99 CAD
Muddy Trail
Wet/Snowy/Icy Trail
Cypress6Hiking2.6cm / 1"
6 Spikes
550g / 19.4oz
Traditional mid-foot traction aid with anti- snowballing
pad. Easy on-off ratchet straps.
Glacier Walking
Wet/Snowy/Icy Trail
Ice Sheets
Deep Snow
Trail Crampon Pro²Non-technical approaches2.6cm / 1"
10 Spikes
667g (R) / 23.5oz
Lightweight and suitable for most heavy-duty
hiking adventures with anti-snowballing pads.
Easy on-off ratchet straps.
Glacier Walking
Wet/Snowy/Icy Trail
Ice Sheets
Deep Snow

1 This is the average spike length for all spikes on the crampons. Generally, spikes on the heels are longer and front spikes shorter.
2 NOT made for technical ice climbing

I'm giddy!
Lisa Zinzow
from Viola
I am giddy after using these the first time! I live on a ridge and everything is sloped. We got rain and slush which then refrioze turning the entire driveway and private road into a giant ice river. I carry feed to the horses uphill from the house. Even with my Yak-Trax I had to mostly walk on snow and pick my way very carefully where I couldn't avoid the road. We've tried to spread sand so the horses don't hurt themselves, but even there it was pretty dicey and nerve-wracking. Once I realized these were not slipping I was purposely walking across all the sheerest smoothest ice around and realishing my new super power, gloating to the ice, "Take that *really-bad-compound-swear-word-beginnig-with-mother*!"
Grip and Grinning
from Saint Louis
The first chance I had to use these, I went to my favorite local park a few days after a good snow. I hiked 8 miles thru snow, slush, packed snow, wet snowy leaves, wet rocks and ice with over 800 feet elevation ascent/descent with steep grades. I'm 6'1" 180 and carry a 25 pound day pack. I did not slip once! The Cypress6 did not hinder my performance either. I finished 15 minutes sooner then my normal pace. I have never felt more confident hiking down and uphill in these conditions then with these on my feet. They don't clog up with wet leaves or debris, I didn't have to adjust them or clean them while hiking. They are not bulky, heavy or intruding on your stride. I would highly recommend these, I could not be happier. The perfect back-trail crampon, I am an avid hiker/backpacker/mountaineer and these are now an essential addition my gear.
Kevin T
from Thornton
I am in in my second season of using the Cypress 6 and I am still pleased with them. I do not use them for technical climbing, but they are excellent for hiking up and down the mountain side. Unlike the "trail style" crampon (chained cleats), these will not slip out sideways, your boot is very secure in the harness. And unlike crampons with toe cleats, these are easier to walk in (no "stubbing the toe") and are very simple for on and off. My only issue is that the back strap is barely long enough when using gaiters.