The Camp Race 290 is designed for ski mountaineering racing and is the lightest 10-point crampon on the market. With a Dyneema strap in place of a rigid linking bar, this crampon folds in half for easy packing. These are an ultra-lightweight product, so fantastic for competitive and occasional use, however if you're not decked out in lycra you should probably be using a beefier set of spikes!
The combination of aluminium and Dyneema keeps the weight of the crampon down to just 294g, meaning less weight on your back to go fast when it matters most. The Dyneema strap may be replaced with an aluminum bar (included) for a more rigid fit. The heel attachment system includes the two prongs found on Dynafit type bindings for fast and easy fitting to compatible boots. The crampons are provided in different colours for left and right making identification easy without a bent linking bar.
Note: The front platform is of a decreased size for weight saving, meaning this crampon is only recommended for boots up to a size EU44. For larger feet, we recommend the Camp XLC 390 with a larger front platform.
The camp race 290 crampons really are ridiculously light. The Dynafit rear buckle attachment is a genius design, and makes getting the crampons on and off very, very fast, which is obviously the entire point of these crampons. I bought these crampons specifically for racing, for which they excel. Super quick and so light that you forget they are in your rucksack.
I have used them getting down the Aiguille du Midi arete a couple of times, but I certainly wouldn't want to use them in a "climbing situation" or on hard ice. For that, I would definitely want a beefier crampon.
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