Black Diamond Contact Strap 2011

Now made from stainless steel, the Black Diamond Contact Strap is an outstanding crampon that is low-weight and has top-notch build quality. It also comes fitted with anti-balling plates and these are an elaborate design to improve their resistance to snow balling. You get 10 points, four rotated through 90 degrees to improve grip on slopes. Some 3D stamping adds strength too. Adjustment is easy and the crampons can be easily fitted to boots with the straps. The stainless steel is an excellent choice of material. It sheds snow well and certainly takes the knocks and seems to be very resilient. The Contact Strap is a very clean design that is easy to use and ideal for general winter walking. It offers a good level of stability so when paired with the right boots it will tackle steeper terrain. But stainless steel still has its critics and so far Black Diamond is the only mainstream manufacturer to use it. It is a bit ‘blingy’, but we think it performs well.

Classification C1
Materials stainless steel
Sizes one size fits 34-46
Weight 820g (pair, including anti-balling plates)
Made in USA
Stores in the UK 250

The Black Diamond Contact Strap is a quality lightweight walking crampon that will allow you to tackle the odd bit of steep stuff. It was adjudged the best walking crampon in our test.

Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine January 2011