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CAMP XLC 390 Crampons

Brand: CAMP
Model: XLC 390 Automatic
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The CAMP XLC 390 Automatic Crampons are the lightest 12-point crampons in the world, perfect for light and fast ski mountaineers that appreciate a longer front platform with an extra spike on the side. Enjoy safer ascents when booting up icy couloirs and safer traverses when crossing exposed faces with bulletproof snow. The XLC 390 is built especially for ski boots, with a simple wire bail on the toe that is held in place by tension from the aluminum linking bar underneath your foot. This makes it a cinch to put on when your balancing precariously on steep terrain.

  • Designed specifically for ski mountaineering and glacier travel, the points grip icy snow with aplomb.
  • 7075 aluminum frame is 3-D pressed to maximize strength by distributing pressure across the entire platform.
  • Fit most rigid mountaineering, alpine touring, and telemark boots with the automatic wire bail and heel lock.
  • CC4U wear indicators on the side points let you know if the crampons become too dull to be safe.
  • Optional rubber anti-balling plates help prevent dangerous build up of snow under your foot.

** Please note that aluminum crampons are not suitable for ice climbing or intensive mixed terrain (lots of rock). CAMP especially recommends these crampons for ski mountaineers with boot sizes US 11 and greater, as lighter 10-point crampons would be a bit too short.

Specifications
Weight
-> ounces
199g
Weight (pair) 398g
Points 12
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials 7075 Aluminum
Skimo Co Says
Usage Everday ski mountaineering, especially for larger feet
Notes 3-D pressed frame distributes pressure.
Bottom Line Safe, strong, and light.
1/12/2015
by Andrew (used product a few times)
 
Great lightweight, aluminum crampon! Purchased a pair last spring so have only used about 5 times so can't comment on their long-term durability but can share a few findings:

Fit - the fit on my TLT5 boots is great. very secure with no play.
Weight - very light. you can go slightly lighter (350 or race 290) but I find that having 12 points is worth the small weight penalty.
Performance - on very firm snow has been great. I have NOT used them on any water ice or rock but that is not what they are intended for.
Size - pack down reasonably small. not tiny but certainly not too bulky.
Short-term durability - as mentioned, I've only used them 5 days so far exclusively on hard snow but they still look virtually brand new.

Overall - great, lightweight ski mountaineering crampon where you don't expect to encounter much water ice or rocks. Highly recommended.
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11/18/2013
by Corwin (used product a few times)
 
Awesome starter turned everywhere crampon. For light stuff where crampons are nice but no waterfalls are involved, these do almost everything a crampon is supposed to do. Pack small-ish, and sharpen easily. I have smaller feet and they work fine with mine and larger 11s or so. Part of my skiing duffel setup that goes to most trailheads. The anti-ball plates are nice, but not essential with ski boots though with mountaineering they are nice.
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11/13/2013
by Jonathan S (used product regularly)
 
Overall: Five Stars for the baseline option among CAMP’s four different aluminum crampon models. You can go a bit lighter – see my reviews of the Race 290 and Tour 350. Or you can go with a bit more bite – see my review of the XLC Nanotech. But the XLC 390 is an excellent all-around choice.

Background on product familiarity: I’ve used various CAMP aluminum crampons since the 1990s. Among current models, I used the XLC Nanotech for one season, the XLC 390 for several seasons, and the Race 290 for the last couple seasons. I tried the anti-balling plates (optional additional-cost purchase), but decided I didn’t like the fit complications, albeit minor (ditto for weight penalty), especially since I’ve ever experienced only the most trivial balling (given my typical climbing conditions). I climb only what I will ski, so the steepest has been only in the low 50s, and on what I would consider ice but what ice climbers would probably consider merely firm snow.

First, the first impressions out of the box: If you’re accustomed to steel crampons, or even some competing aluminum crampons, then you’re in for a shock at the weight savings. The points are noticeably duller and less aggressively designed than with a steel crampon, but these obviously aren’t intended for vertical ice climbing or mixed climbing.

Fit is easy to set up and sufficiently secure (although my experience is only up to around 302 bsl). The toe bail could be narrower, and I suppose you could try bending it for a tighter fit. But with the length dialed in correctly, I’ve never had any problems at the toe.

The “macro” length adjustment is via a single flathead screw through the threaded frame and into one of 15 holes in the connecting bar. If your bsl is shorter than around 287mm, then you will probably have to slice off some excess length on the bar. All the crampons I’ve seen lack a nut at the end of the screw. Maybe this is unnecessary, but I added one for additional security (whether merely perceived or otherwise).

The “micro” length adjustment is via a kind of “thumb screw” on the back of the heel clip: okay for bare hands inside, but probably difficult if you ever needed to adjust it in the field with numb and/or gloved fingers. The strap length is very easy to crank tightly upon each use.

Second impressions, in use: The strap length stays appropriately tight in use. I read a criticism that the buckle’s quick release can be difficult to manipulate, but I’ve always used thin gloves with these, so no problems for me personally. Climbing purchase has always been sufficient.

Third impressions, for long-term durability: I’ve read criticisms of aluminum crampon durability. But I’ve never seen a picture of a broken crampon point, whether CAMP or another brand. (I have seen a broken toe bail on another brand, but with a much different design.) The points will definitely dull more quickly from even limited and careful walking on rocks, but a few seconds with a file will restore the original point.
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