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BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons

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  • BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons

    The strap-on Contact is a classic 10-point crampon for mountaineers, skiers and hikers. Now with a lighter-weight, re-engineered design using stainless steel.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Distinctive stainless steel construction doesn't rust, is more durable, resists snow balling and is lighter weight
    • New lower-profile fit for better contact with modern boots
    • Flexible toe strap fits most footwear
    • Compact and easy to use
    • Includes dual-density ABS
    • One size fits US men's 5 to 12, US women's 6 to 13

  • BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons

    Weight 1 lb. 13 oz. (per pair)
    Weight (grams) 808 g
    Crampon Attachment Strap
    Heel Attachment Strap
    Toe Bale Flexible

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BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons
 
3.9

(based on 12 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to put on and adjust (8)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Great grip (6)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Comfortable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Alpine routes (7)
    • Mixed routes (6)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small

         

        Feels half size too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        63% 

        (5 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        75% 

        (6 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid adventurer (8), Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Reviewed by 12 customers

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Crampon Rocks!

    By Rainier21

    from New Mexico

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fits all footwear
    • No rust design
    • USA Made

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Ski mountaineering
      • Spring snow fields
      • Walk up routes

      Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons:

      These crampons will literally fit any footwear. I put them on my Crocs just to try out and they worked great. Although I would recommend sturdier footwear, the option is there. Stainless is not lighter than chromoly as advertised, but it does score high for its no rust characteristics. I have used them several times and never once dried them off afterwards. The strap system is sturdy, they never once came loose. Back strap is cut low to prevent digging into your heel on long days. Overall this crampon is just plain sexy. And Made in U.S.A.!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great product for the price.

      By Eggy

      from Wanakena, NY

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Easy To Put On And Adjust
      • Great Grip
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable

      Best Uses

      • Alpine Routes
      • icy trails
      • Mixed Routes

      Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons:

      I hiked up Giant Mountain and over to Rocky Ridge in the High Peaks a few weeks back. The terrain was steep and icy the entire route. These crampons were an essential for the conditions. They performed excellent in both ascent and descent. I noticed others with snowshoes and ice spikes struggling to cover ground. The only negative would be the pressure on the ball of the foot after a long hike...they do take a little getting used to.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      BD Contact Crampon

      By Utah Hiker

      from SLC, UT

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

      • Easy To Put On And Adjust
      • Great Grip
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Alpine Routes
        • Heavy Snow
        • Mixed Routes

        Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons:

        Great Crampon! Built well. Only complaint is the BD Crampon comes with the standard center bar which is about the perfect size for women or kids. Foot size any bigger than men size 10us and you might need to order "Long Center Bar" which is extra. Great Crampon even with that one draw back.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        shiny & bright!

        By Mountain lover

        from Durango, CO

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Pros

        • Easy To Put On And Adjust
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Alpine Routes

          Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons:

          Honestly, since it's June, I haven't tested these yet, but they were highly recommended by 2 avid adventure friends. Price was awesome, they look fabulous. Very reasonable weight for solid steel, so they should hold up well on rock when faced with that. Also, supposedly the material holds up well, no rusting even when not dried immediately. My friend loves hers, I'm expecting same. Easily adjustable fit too!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Pair of Crampons

          By Gimlato

          from New York

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons:

                Used these crampons in ADK and a New Year's Eve Mt. Washington hike. Easy to put on, fit firmly but with the right amount of give. Grips very well on ice and packed snow. Very happy with this purchase.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Great

                By j

                from syracuse, ny

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easy To Put On And Adjust
                • Great Grip

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Alpine Routes
                  • Mixed Routes

                  Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons:

                  Worked great for trekking above treeline in the Adirondacks.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Light, secure, and very comfortable

                  By Calvin

                  from Simsbury, CT

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Easy To Put On And Adjust
                  • Great Grip
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Alpine Routes
                    • Heavy Snow
                    • Mixed Routes

                    Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons:

                    I had done much research before settling on these crampons. Knowing full well I'd be doing light mountaineering and not ice climbing these appeared to be a good choice. On a recent trip to Stowe, VT I had put them to the test climbing up to Stowe Pinnacle. My family wore snowshoes and I obviously had the advantage on the steeps. These are very comfortable and light. As they were my first crampons I also had to learn to walk with my feet separated a little differently than if I had snowshoes. On a few occasions the crampons required retightening as the heel would pull away from my boots. This may be the strap expanding and breaking in which would appear likely. I also noticed that the outside rivets holding the plastic toe and heel braces are very exposed and susceptible to wear against rocks. On a single trip I had noticeable scrapes. This may be the same with most crampons and is just the design. But it will require monitoring. Their grip is phenomenal. I had absolute confidence climbing steep terrain over ice sheets while my family had to find a new route with their snowshoes. One other important note, these INCLUDE anti balling plates. I had purchased them separately in belief that they were an accessory. They are not. But I will keep them in case the existing plates wear down and require replacement.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    2.0

                    Center bars too short

                    By dfranke

                    from Massachusetts

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Alpine Routes
                        • Mixed Routes

                        Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons:

                        Based upon the center bars included with these crampons, it appears that Black Diamond's target market is Lilliputians ascending Gulliver's nose. My boots are only a size 9½, yet these crampons could be not be extended long enough to fit them. Black Diamond separately sells "long" center bars that are properly sized for normal adult humans. Now that I've acquired them, I get a good secure fit. However, I really didn't appreciate this $50 surprise ($20 for the bars, $30 for overnight shipping so they'd get here in time for my trip).

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels full size too small
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        5.0

                        A Great Addition to my Gear!

                        By Spencer518

                        from Albany, NY

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Easy To Put On And Adjust
                        • Great Grip
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Alpine Routes

                          Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons:

                          I finally got a chance to use these this past weekend. We hiked up Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge in the Adirondacks. In the past I have relied on my MSR Evo Ascent snowshoes to get me up to steep winter summits. These crampons were so much faster to move in. I wish I hadn't waited so long to buy them. I would recommend that you wear a winter gaiter when using these. I did manage to make a few cuts in my snow pant legs...operator error.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Nooooooo...!!!!!

                          By E.L. N

                          from Nassau, Long Island, NY

                          About Me Avid Adventurer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Put On And Adjust
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Contact with ABS Crampons:

                              I got these crampons, when I was on a chat with EMS personel, they told me, these crampons will feet my boots but, DO NOT FIT my Sorel Alpha Trac size 11, toooo narroooowww and short, shipment was real good but these crampons ...... !!!!!

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels full size too small
                              • Width:
                              • Feels too narrow
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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