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Camp Stalker Universal

Price:

$200

Our Rating:

Would-be stalkers might wish to be more light-footed than these crampons can offer – they’re the heaviest in this review (970g), but they fitted my tramping boots like a glove, and – like the Fakir – have a wide, stable 12-point platform for all-round tramping, transalpine and mountaineering use.  

They’ll fit wide boots particularly well and, like the Contact and Fakir, have a binding that will allow them to fasten to all boots. The binding utilises plastic heel and toe bails, with the rear bail being quite bulky, possibly increasing the likelihood of a crampon point catching on it. The strap/buckle mechanism for tightening the crampon is functional but basic and I would prefer to see a sewn or riveted tab on the buckle rings to make them easier to release in freezing conditions or with gloves on.

The crampons come with anti-balling plates, although they are the crudest of all the ones reviewed, with the rear plate only held on by pressure around the surrounding frame. They stayed on for me, but I did wonder for how long.

With a medium length point, these crampons are ideal for all snow and ice conditions.

Length adjustment is easily made with a sprung stainless steel pin. In particular, this adjustment method will prevent accidental release as it is broad and sandwiched between the heel of the boot and the crampon frame. I liked the fact that they came with a storage bag (the only pair to do so).

Like the Fakir, these crampons have a thick powder coat to protect the frame from corrosion and to ease snow release.

Overall, the Stalker is a well-built crampon with some minor shortcomings that could be easily addressed by the manufacturer.