Need a hiking crampon that’s going to answer to your demands? Our KTS Steel Hiking Crampons are made from chromoly steel with 1 inch points. Ultralight and weighing only 23.3 ounces per pair, you’ll be able to tackle the most rugged terrain without any extra weight to haul around. The KTS steel hiking crampons fold down into an ultra compact package (8” x 3½” x 4¾”) to save pack space, leaving plenty of room in your pack for all the necessities your winter adventures demand. Be sure to check out the Kahtoola Crampon Tote Sack and Snow Release Skins to complement your crampons.
So easy to get on an off your feet. A nice in-between micro-spikes and more hard-core crampons. Pack up small and are pretty light. The bindings didn't move a milimeter over a long distance on difficult terrain. Did more than half of a 20 mile traverse on hard steep ice with these without a problem. Other folks I was hiking with had Grivel G10's or Camp 10 pointers of similar style to the Grivels. While those others were definitely more capable these, the KTS's held there own. If I were doing anything more hardcore I'd definitely want more hard core steel crampons with more aggressive teeth. Interestingly - tons of folks on the trail had micro-spikes (which I also own) and were slipping and sliding all over the place - the KTS are a world of difference and far far more aggressive than the micro-spikes if you're hiking on steep (not vertical) ice. I got the anti-balling protectors and the pouch as well - both good investments. Kept the pouch on the outside of my pack which was perfect as it has an attachment for such a purpose.
Great crampons. I wore them hiking in the mountains this winter, where the rocks are covered by a sheet of ice and I felt very confident on the downhills. I also have the microspikes, but for so much ice I needed the big guns. And these are perfect for walking in that thick black ice, those long teeth bite on the ice like nothing else. The fit is nice once you get the hang of adjusting the front straps. I recommend doing so with warm hands, practice putting them in your boots at home (not in a wood floor!) before you get out in the cold.
I have used these crampons all over the Adirondack Mountains. I have used them in some very challenging terrain, and they still look like brand new. The traction on these crampons is unbelievable, and much better than expected.
Perfect for light mountaineering. I usually wear these babies with some medium height cross trainers.
I love it. it goes with any type of boots. I tried them 3 times already, it feels so easy on flat, ascent, and descent.
Used them to hike Rickett's Glenn, a waterfall trail. Perfect traction on gentle slopes, a little bit more difficult on ice coated stairs.
Keep in mind we are not ice or rock climbers but do face steep scree and ice while hunting in Alaska. These perform wonderfully on all terain.