We’ve read the reviews across the web for the CAMP USA XLC Nanotech Crampon and summarize the results below:
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Incredibly light and easy to get on.
- Great for ski touring.
- They are so light that I’d rather bring two pairs of these than a single pair of steel crampons (same pack weight, but lighter on your feet).
- Best for hard/firm snow.
- The steel toe points are great for when you encounter steep water ice.
- Hold up slightly better than other aluminum crampons.
- They are about the same weight as Katoola microspikes.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Since they are lightweight aluminum, they are worn down quickly by rocks.
- The steel points can still be bent.
- Easy to strip the screw thread when adjusting it.
- Anti-balling plates are too heavy.
- The toe bails are not sturdy enough.
- Secondary points oriented too far forward.
- Buckles aren’t necessarily sturdy enough to rely on when on long expeditions.
- I do not feel enough confidence in these crampons to use them when guiding.
- The three tabs that stick up to hold your boot heel in place are too narrow for some boots.
- The bar is too stiff to allow the crampon to flex to properly fit softer boots.
The CAMP USA XLC Nanotech Crampon is so lightweight that you’ll find yourself bringing it if there is any chance steep or firm snow will be encountered. The steel points add to its durability. This crampon does not fit all boots, however, so beware.