The Stubai Twin Peaks Universal crampon is designed for novice hillwalkers who are walking over easier frozen terrain. There are no front points, which means these are very much intended for paths and level ground rather than steeper slopes where the absence of front points will enable wearers to safely walk over the hills without tripping up, as can happen with full crampons. The crampon has eight spikes and these are 2cm long, which is ideal for level ground and also suitable for the novice, who may find that the longer 3cm spikes on other crampons lead to trips and unstable footing. Each spike does have twin points through to improve grip on ice, and four of them are rotated through 45 degrees to provide better grip on slopes. The Stubai Twin Peaks Universal comes with anti-balling plates fitted to prevent snow from sticking to the base, and is easily adjusted without tools. The plastic toe and heel cradle allow them to be easily fitted to most boots. As a basic crampon for easier hill terrain, Twin Peaks crampons provide the ideal transition from traction devices designed for the valley to the full crampons designed for hill and mountain walking.
Sizes regular (39-45) and XL (46-48)
Weight 782g (pair, size regular with anti-balling plates)
The Stubai Twin Peaks Universal are the best crampons for novice hillwalkers in this test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2013