The Black Diamond Contact Strap is a superb stainless steel crampon offering low weight and high build quality. It comes with anti-balling plates – an elaborate design to improve resistance to snow balling. You get 10 points, and four of these are rotated through 90º to improve grip on slopes. Some 3D stamping adds strength. Adjustment is simple and the crampons can be easily fitted to boots with the straps. Trail has used Black Diamond stainless steel crampons for two years now and so far we think it’s an excellent material. It sheds snow well, takes the knocks and seems very resilient. The Contact Straps are a very clean design, easy to use and ideal for general winter walking. They offer a good level of stability so when paired with the right boots they will tackle steeper terrain. The Black Diamond Contact Strap is a quality lightweight walking crampon that will allow you to tackle winter trips to the Lakes and Wales, full-on Munro-bashing in Scotland and glacier tours in the Alps.
Materials stainless steel
Sizes one size fits 34-46cm
Weight 820g (pair including anti-balling plates)
Website www.blackdiamond equipment.com
The Black Diamond Contact Strap is best for hillwalking.
Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine January 2012