Manfred Quaeck was annoyed with the necessity of carrying the weight of full size crampons when all he really wanted was a few points under the toe for additional security when kicking steps in hard snow. What he came up with are a set of five-point crampons that make use of tech inserts on the toe of many AT boots to attach these minimalist crampons and that’s about it.
Do they work? We’ll just have to wait until next season to see. I like the idea of crampons so small and light that I could afford to include them as a standard item in my pack, rather than having to correctly anticipate their need. And when I need them, will just five points around the toe be enough? Unlikely for glacier travel, certainly not for ice climbing, but perhaps for anything you’d dare to ski in softer conditions they would be enough.
Manfred says they’re made from high strength steel and weigh in just over half a pound, 250 grams, per pair. Batteries not included. They should be available before the snow flies north of Mexico.