Kahtoola KTS Aluminium 2009

Ultra-lightweight 10-point approach crampons, designed originally to fit on fell-running and approach shoes, Kahtoola KTS Aluminiums will also fit on walking boots, thanks to the clever independent heel and toe strapping system, and a spring steel plate. Similar in layout to the steel version these aluminium crampons spikes are short and are arranged with eight vertical and with two front points canted forward at a low angle. Four of the vertical spikes are rotated at 90º. These crampons fall very firmly into the specialist end of the market and will appeal to very experienced walkers who like to travel light and fast over easy snowy terrain. Not designed for rocks and mixed terrain they are only meant for use on snow and ice. But Kahtoola KTS Aluminiums are suitable only as approach crampons on the flat and on slight slopes. The combination of soft shoes and flexible crampons offers insufficient support on steep hill or mountain terrain.

Materials 7075-T6 aluminium (anodised)
Classification approach crampons
Size 4-8 (S/M); 9-13 (M/L)
Weight 568g pair (size M/L) with snow release skins
Made in USA
Stores in the UK 15
Stockist details tel. (0114) 255 8882, www.betaclimbingdesigns.com
Verdict
The Kahtoola KTS Aluminium is a highly specialised crampon suitable only for low-level, easy snow. The aluminium has insufficient strength to deal with rock, ice and snow found in British hills.

Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine January 2009