Stubai Trekking 10 Point Universal 2009

The Stubai Trekking 10 Point Universal is a 10-point crampon that is exceptionally compact, making it ideal for those who tend to carry their crampons in their rucksack more than they wear them. The crampon has two points turned through 90 degrees to help with stability on slopes. There is also some 3D stamping towards the front points to add some extra strength. The crampon is easy to adjust and fit with the straps combined with toe and heel mouldings. This crampon is supplied with anti-balling plates that have to be fitted by the user, by following the instructions provided. This is a good, all-round crampon with adequate features for the hill-walker. But others offer a little more than the Stubai Trekking 10 Point Universal in many ways. Firstly the instructions are rather basic compared to others. The anti-balling plates are not the best in terms of their ability to shift snow from the base of boots. And the heel and toe cradles are on the soft side, which can impair comfort.

Classification C1
Materials NiCroMo steel
Sizes one size fits 36-48
Weight 960g including anti-balling plates
Made in Austria
Stores in the UK 29
Stockist details tel. (0161) 343 6166, www.trailwise.co.uk
Verdict
The Stubai Trekking 10 Point Universal is a functional crampon at a low price with generally good features for winter walking, but some others have the edge in the performance details.

Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine January 2009