KTS Crampon


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title KTS Crampon
Manufacturer Kahtoola
Page By Scott M.
Page Type Aug 18, 2004 / Aug 18, 2004
Object ID 1110
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Heat Treated 7000 series Aluminum Toe and Heel Pieces create the highest strength aluminum contruction availible - even stronger than some steel and 3 times lighter. More wear will occur on the points when used extensively on rocks and dry ground than a product made of hardened steel. Compared to products made from other Aluminum Alloys, the KTS is extrememly tough. One pair of the KTS made it through Everest training, to the top of the world (not reccomended use), and to a 3rd place finish in the Switzerland World Championship Adventure Race (including 90 miles of glacier travel). The points are worn and the straps are worn but every part is completely intact. In fact Kahtoola Inc. has not had a single report of any broken component ever

Each of the 3 sizes of the KTS covers a size range of approximately 5 1/2 shoe sizes. Even though your running shoes have smaller dimensions than your snow boots, they are easily accomodated by changing the length adjustment. If another size KTS is needed, for whatever reason, simply purchase the Accessory LeafSpringā„¢ Extender Bar in the size you need and insert the new size.

Early prototypes of the KTS had front points angled out at 45 degrees. They did not provide adequate grip when going straight uphill in flexible footwear. This is simply because the flexing of the shoe made the front points almost parallel to the snow instead of perpendicular. The design was then optimized at 15 degrees for excellent performance with lightweight footwear.


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Scott M. - Aug 18, 2004 10:56 pm - Voted 5/5

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These were great for their intended use but I wouldn't use them for anything too technical. I strapped them on some Montrail D7 approach shoes for some recent glacier travel and they worked great. They are light weight, fast to put on, compact to store, easy to fit, and reasonably durable on a little rock crossing. With no front points and a low profile they "walk" safely without needing big boots for that brief situation you might encounter.

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