How well did it work? Were you happy with it?
Actually most of the gear that is ordered is from me(Rick.) I am Tracey's husband and I have been doing this kinda stuff for around 30yrs(long distance backpacking, playing on mountains, etc.)
Sorry about the late response. For some reason this went into my spam inbox.
Anywho, onto the TC Pros.
I own 2 pairs(reg & XL being I wear a 12/46 boot) of them and I am very satisfied with them. The points are not as long as my full on mountaineering crampons. They work very well for their intended purpose.
Another plus is being they are steel the rocks won't eat them up as quickly as they do with Aluminum.
Hillsound CS is very helpful and there if you need them.
If you need this type of product for the price they are very hard to beat. The only other product that I believe to be comparable on the market at the moment is the Kahtoola KTS which is more expensive.
I am going to snag up a pair of the KTS Steels eventually and do a side by side on Trailspace.
If you have any more questions please feel free to fire away.
These are great - much better than mirco-spikes, reasonable cost v. crampons, fit light hiking boots easily
This crampon worked great for my son; I imagine it would have worked well for my leather backpacking boots, as well. My son used these on his sorels; I adjusted them on the trail. EASY TO USE!!! Sunny Sports price on these made it a no-brainer to buy (they're not paying me). We hiked a 4000'er in the white mountains, and these things were great. They did everything my mountaineering boot/crampon combo did. I imagine they have their limitations, as Hillsound openly admits; NOT a technical/ ice climbing crampon. If you have a lot of kicking in to do, maybe not. For climbing fairly steep mountains with ice/snow, excellent. Beats micro-spikes; I also bought the 'Trail Crampon'. We switched to the 'Pro' on the trail, and the traction was much better. Hope this helps.
Hi: They definitely work however please be aware they are "crampons" and have teeth to match. I would be careful about using them where there isn't a good covering of ice and snow. Here in New England, we've had the mildest winter I've ever seen. Except at altitude, there has been precious little snow (bike riding all winter, in fact). I actually ended up getting a pair of microspikes for all those thinly covered-in-ice trails. I was worried the microspikes, with their elastic straps, would roll off on steep terrain. This proved not to be the case. In retrospect, I think the microspikes are more adaptable: they'll work on icy trails near home as well as at altitude. The trail crampons really need a good glacier to be effective. Realistically consider how you'll use your traction device. On the top of Mt. Washington the trail crampons are definitely the choice. On the approach to Mt. Washington, microspikes would be a whole bunch easier to use. Or like me, buy both!
Wore the Hillsound Trail Pro crampons on a trip to Mt Adams, NH via the Lowes Path over President's Day weekend. Trail was ice and snow covered most of the way. Crampons worked GREAT. Never felt unsure of footing. Hillsound Trail Pro crampons worked as well as hiking partners name brands. Great piece of equipment. Great value!
They worked great. Have used them several time's, from hiking to running.
Hardly knew I had them on. Don't think I'd use them on steep pitch's, but on
Flat or slight inclines they work fine.
Easy on & off, just set the length to your boot at home. Worked well in mixed conditions in the White Mountains on packed trails. Not quite full crampons, but much better traction than microspikes. On my first hike with the trail crampon pro I used them, microspikes, and snowshoes depending on the snow/ice conditions. The trail crampon pros were especially useful coming down the mountain. I'm very happy with the purchase.
I purchased these crampons this winter and have used them on several occasions for trails that were extremely icy and slick. I am 100% satisfied with them. When I walk with them over ice it is like having velcro on your feet. They give complete confidence and do not slip at all. They are reasonably light weight and attach to my hiking boots with very little fuss. I would definitely recommend them.
Yes, it worked as intended. If you are in deep snow, make sure you have the alpine stoppers in place otherwise the straps will loosen when snow builds up under the buckle. If you take a look at the review there is more information. I like them better than a microspike. Good Luck!
its march 13 2012 now, we are still in phoenix az. going to Moab ut for a month then back to Banff AB, for the summer. plan to use them their(i have 4 other pairs), this is the first LIGHT/fit any boot pair i have owned, i have front bail and rear bail models , but none for ligther boots(full boots, but no rear lock in slot), so when i do minor , maybe ice routs, i have had to carry bigger crampons, and wear heavy weight boots. ugh, so that is why i got these, but did not try them yet, i do not think they are for hard core mtns, but they look like they will work for the light wook i want them for.. (i am a ice climber and a mountaineer, as well as a scrambler, hiker and canyoneer), sorry i can not help more, i have a house in Canmore ab(for last 6 years) and winter in US southwest(in a RV)
simple to adjust. used over NEOS boots to climb Big Slide Mt in Adirondacks. Grabbed into icy spots with no slipping and snow did not ball underneath. spikes are smaller than standard crampons but did perfectly for trail hiking.
Easy to set up. Work very well. Only issue is when using a "softer" boot, especially in the toe-box they did cause some irritation. Had to loosen a bit but could feel the straps. Nice overall idea though as an alternative to microspikes.