The Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra delivers excellent performance and gives you the confidence to walk across the iciest of trails with ease. I have used different styles of crampons, and these hold up well in comparison. Given the style of crampons, I’d recommend them primarily for backcountry hikes as they might be a bit overkill for city streets.
|Our review of this product|
|8.5 / 10|
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I recently hiked to the Parlee Brook Amphitheatre in New Brunswick. The location is as cool as it sounds, and is a popular spot for New Brunswicker’s to learn to ice climb. Nearing the end of the hike, you’re basically wading through the snow on top of a frozen creek. There were many moments of steep elevation that would have been next to impossible without the added traction from the crampons.
A word of caution, take care any time you’re sliding (intentionally or unintentionally) down a hill. The bite of the teeth works equally well on ice or your calf muscle.
I did notice that if you’re going from ice to snow (especially when close to zero), wet snow will build up and attach to the crampons in clumps. It makes for some discomfort, but can be removed with minimal effort. Just something to watch for.
In regards to sizing, they fit my main winter hiking boots well but were a touch loose. I wear size 12, the smallest size for the XL crampons. I would surmise that the sizes on the low end or high end of the sizing chart in each category could switch downward (or upward) accordingly.
As previously stated, these crampons are aggressive. They have 18 spikes, double-sided chains, heel plate, and velcro strap. They come with a carry bag thick enough that they will protect anything else in your pack from damage.
Lightweight and flexible, I would recommend these crampons to anyone wanting peace of mind while trail running or hiking on ice. Just pay attention to sizing, and watch for snow build up.