Hillsound Trail Crampon (2014)

As the ice gets harder and the snow cover gets deeper you need more, longer spikes to keep a grip. But you also need a unit that will stay on the shoe and not roll off when you traverse a slope. The Hillsound Trail Crampon has 11 spikes that are 1cm in length, and the unit is held on the boot with a webbing strap. This makes it better than the lower-priced options for more uneven winter terrain. The webbing strap attaches to a rubber cradle and the spikes protrude from metal plates that are attached to chains along the base. These metal plates mean the spikes cannot splay apart, so grip is improved on uneven ground. There’s also a hinged section in the metal plate under the forefoot to help maintain better grip when the boot flexes during normal walking. As with all the devices we looked at full crampons still provide a far superior grip but Hillsound Trail Crampons are very good on uneven paths and stay on the boot better than many others. This makes them very useful for experienced hillwalkers to use when full crampons would be too cumbersome, such as when walking on hill paths with only a thin layer of snow or ice.

Materials rubber cradle with steel chain and spikes
Sizes S (3-5); M (5-7); L (7-9); XL (9-11); XXL (11-14)
Weight 472g (pair, size XXL)
Website www.ardblairsports.com

 

Verdict

Full crampons still provide a better grip on more uneven ground and deeper snow, but on hill paths where there’s a thin layer of ice or snow Hillsound Trail Crampons are very useful. They won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2014