Black Diamond Contact Crampons

Guide Pick™: Peter Whittaker, Dave Hahn



Designed for ice and snow travel, the lightweight Black Diamond Contact crampon is ideal for mountaineers, skiers and hikers. Its stainless steel construction won't rust and avoids environmentally toxic coatings that wear off in the mountains. The compact, 10-point design offers easy walking, while the fast-adjust attachment system accommodates almost any footwear. ABS plates included.

Specs Sizing Reviews
  • Distinctive stainless steel construction doesn't rust, is more durable, resists snow balling and saves weight
  • New lower-profile fit for better contact with modern boots
  • Flexible toe strap fits most footwear
  • Compact and easy to use
  • Includes dual-density ABS
  • Weight Per Pair : 808 g/1 lb 13 oz (Strap)
  • Size : One size fits 36 - 46
  • Materials : Stainless steel

Leather Boots: Typically, if your boot is larger than a size US 12, you'll need a long bar.
Plastic Boots: Typically, if your boot is larger than a size US 10, you'll need a long bar.

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Reviews for the Black Diamond Contact Crampons

5 out of 5 stars based on 12 reviews.

On 2012-03-08, Dave in Springville, CA wrote


I rated these crampons excellent because they are, however, one small detail you should know before you buy...I wear a 12 1/2 mountaineering boot. I had to knotch both sides of my boots in order to make room for the small "side-knubb" on the crampons, at the heal. Appearently this knubb is for lateral movement stabalization of the crampon which is very necessary, it just needs to be 1/4 inch wider on each side to fit the larger sizes.

On 2011-09-14, Angi wrote


we bought a pair for my husband and myself and was very pleased. they never came off or sliped, very easy and fast to put on, fit on all our boots well, very light weight but held up well on ice, pumice and rock. I really found the "guide picks" very helpful.Thanks for the free shiping and excelent service.

On 2011-08-29, Brian Yost wrote


Good, solid bite in the snow and ice with this crampon. No slipping of the strap and fairly easy to put on compared to other, older models I've had. No wear at all on the first Rainier 4 day hike I did up the tougher, icy Kautz route.

On 2011-03-28, Jeff wrote


This is the third pair I have purchased. Not because they have failed or worn out but because I needed more 'pons for my kids. My pair and theirs have done great on the easy glacier/hard snow walks we have taken them on. We aren't ice climbers and these obviously aren't for that but on things like Mt. Adams they are perfect. My 9 and 11 year old are able to put their own on and, being stainless, they don't require as much maintenance. Whittaker had the lowest price and they are semi-local so it was an easy choice.

On 2011-03-01, Brian wrote


I just used these on the Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. They were easy to put on/remove and were very stable. I used them on a pair of North Face insulated boots they were very flexible (basically insulated hiking boots) and the straps never came loose.

On 2011-02-01, Kevin wrote


Great price, fast shipping, and perfect condition. The crampons came as advertised and make a great fit on my winter boots.

On 2010-09-04, John wrote


These are great, very simple and easy to put on and take off. They stay tight, no loosening. I bought strap-on crampons so I could use them with softer, lighter boots on snow climbs. However, I'm not sure I like this setup as well and I might go back to using my stiffer boots and quick release crampons.

On 2010-09-02, Jon Y wrote


i bought these because of all the snow still in the high country north cascades in june and july and didn't want to haul my mountaineering boots with me just to cross a pass. these are now my preferred crampons now and just used them a couple of days ago to go up mount buckner and logan. these are light enough to always carry in my pack and versitle enough to be able to use with any footwear. i like that i can use my hiking boots with them so i don't have to use boots with welts for climbing in july and august. also related to this purchase, whittaker mountaineering got my order to me super fast, within 3 days and didn't charge me for shipping.

On 2010-04-11, Brett wrote


These are fantastic crampons. Perfect fit for leather hiking boots. Stainless steel construction is top notch. I just used these on glaciers and high passes (ice/snow/mixed)in the Himalaya (Nepal) and they saved me with their great performance and construction. I would highly recommend these for use on ice, snow and mixed terrain. A great price as well!

On 2010-03-05, Jiri Novak wrote


Great performance on varied terrain. The best feature is the light weight; they are now my preferred crampons and I am happy I bought them. However, the front-strap bracket is quite narrow so the front of a large, wide boot may slip out laterally when side-stepping on steep ice for a long time unless the straps are kept very tight. Smaller and narrower boots are fine.

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