/ PRODUCT NEWS: Cassin Blade Runner Crampon
The Blade Runner represents a new era in technical ice crampons. A wealth of innovative features combine to create a crampon that conforms to the ergonomics of modern boots, increases rigidity along the entire length of the crampon without decreasing dexterity or compromising fit, adapts to alpine conditions with a variety of front points and toe bail configurations, and naturally reduces balling with its inverted V-shaped front platform. The patented heel slide integrates the linking bar with the heel piece for better torsional rigidity.
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saw these the other day. look like petzls on steroids. quite heavy, but maybe with the super-duty snow plates stripped they be more normal.
love to give em a go, but round here theyre $300 a set...
anyone know what theyre selling for in the UK/europe?
Italy's RRP is €219 (give or take...). They're entirely manufactured in Italy (high labour cost) so I would think the RRP to be lowest in Italy although this is not always the case for made in Italy goods. However, it's a top-of-the-range and recognised (Outdoor 2013 Industry Award) top-of-its-class crampon. I would be surprised to see any large discount at this time of the year. They do look and feel very aggressive, robust and versatile and they're finished with extreme attention to detail. Obviously only time will tell. I agree they go head-to-head with the Lynx. For this reason I wouldn't say the weight is they're weakest point. They're marginally lighter than the Lynx in fact (65 g lighter). Usually all crampons' weakest point is their actual robustness. In the hands of hard crankers crampons and ice axes take an incredible amount of abuse in the toughest conditions. These things are aimed at hard crankers and I can't wait to read some proper field reports.
Tiso Ratho have these in stock. They look pretty amazing tbh.
Design excellent. Price shocking.
I took my boots (Scarpa Rebel Ultras) in to a shop to check fit. The points on the crampons stood out way too long when mounted on my boots. There are three adjustment positions for the toe bail, so you can adjust the length somewhat, but even mounted all the way forward, the points were a bit too long.
They look like good crampons. Sad they didn't fit my boots.
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