Review: Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra

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Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra Climbing Gear

Just because the high country is dry enough to climb doesn’t mean trails and approaches are free of packed snow and ice. For low-angle jaunts, you won’t need technical mountaineering crampons, but approach shoes will leave you slipping and sliding. Enter the Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra. It’s halfway between a technical ’pon and those mini-spikes soccer moms use to walk the dog in winter. The 18 stainless steel points gave testers just the right amount of purchase on hard snow and ice. They’re light at 14.8 ounces (per pair), so you can always carry them when trails are questionable. Plus, they slip easily over any approach shoe, trail runner, or sneaker, so no need for big, heavy mountain boots.
$70; hillsound.com