Purists may try to avoid using ski crampons and rely instead of skinning technique or boot-packing, but there are times when ski crampons are the most efficient travel option. Maybe you’d rather avoid wallowing through breakable crust. Maybe you don’t want to slip and slide on glazed slopes with exposure below. Maybe your objective lies on the other side of the most slippery skin track in town with nary another route in sight. Whatever the case, ski crampons belong in every backcountry skiers’ pack. The Black Diamond Helio Ski Crampons are menacing and their bite is fierce, giving you peace-of-mind. They are perfect for devouring slippery vert and accessing hard to reach areas. They work with Black Diamond Helios and other bindings with Dynafit-style crampon receptors.
Questions & Reviews
The Kingpin needs the shorter plate length of the Marker Pintech ski crampons to accommodate the lever that moves the heel piece, depending on the BSL it was mounted for.
Other sliding bar style crampons may work with Kingpin, but the tail end of the crampon plate would be resting on the front end of the heel piece. This could risk damaging the crampons, or at least will limit the depth that they are able to bite into the snow.
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Compared to my Dynafit 90mm crampons, the attachment bar is very similar. The teeth look more aggressive, although too many variables to test them in the field to see if their grip is any better.
The little carry bag they come with is light enough to use in the field, although I've always just packed them around other gear.
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