Picked these up at a local shop on my way back from a hike in NH. Had been looking to a better mid range option between slip on mirco spikes and full crampons. Was skeptical about so much plastic but was assured I'd like them. Went for a simple 5mile hike the very next day as a gear shack down nothing too crazy. one thing I was not impressed with was a buckle on the medial side of my boot on narrow sections I was made aware of the buckles as they hit one another. On the return trail the strap broke at it's pivot point on the right boot leaving me with a somewhat useless piece of safety gear. The plate on the underside did keep snow from packing into the sole but the buckle and the failure on it's very first shack down make this a NO go. Money is not the issue I will spend money on good gear but I expect and demand that I can trust my gear; a failure like this doesn't earn second chances with me.
After one season, the slider bar snapped in half. Both the store where I purchased them and I tried phoning Hillsound without success in getting through. The phone just rang and rang. No voice mail Hillsound? Love the crampons when they worked but very disappointed with the lack of service.
I bought these crampons and they are the best I've ever had! They are easy to fix and light. Congratulation and thanks to produce GOOD equipment that gives us the opportunity to get high level of performance! Thanks! Monique :)
j'aimerai acheter 2 paire de crampon une pour ma femme pointure 7 a 9 et pour moi pointure 9 a 11
Used these on the PCT in 2011, a record snow year. I led on most cross slope traverses for my group. The rest of the group wore Microspikes. I led as I had better traction on ice and compacted snow, so I would lead and cut in the footholds. Easy to put on and comfortable. Good stuff and I highly recommend them. Only casualty was one of the pull cords.