When you’re engaged in a European ski mountaineering race, it’s much more encouraging to hear cries of “Allez, allez, allez!” than “Oh, la la la!” To cultivate a more uplifting ratio of these phrases, the Dynafit DNA crampons will be your trusty ami(e). Tailored specifically for ski racing, these full-aluminum, ten-pointed spikey bits are ideal on packed, wind-affected, or refrozen snow. To keep things simple in the field, Dynafit has employed a straightforward adjustment system in which the center cables can be threaded through different hole positions along the rear rails, no tools required. When you’re ready to stash the crampons until the next ascent, the flexible, stainless steel cables can also be folded in half to approximately the size (and spikiness) of an adolescent hedgehog. Skimo racers are often stereotyped as fussy weight weenies who will go to any lengths to get an edge on the uphill and we’re not one to argue. We're also glad that Dynafit has done nothing to dispel this stereotype with the boundary-pushing performance of the DNA crampons.
- Built from lightweight, streamlined aluminum for those whose targeted ads might include carbon race boots and fixed-mount bindings.
- Tool-free adjustment makes a neat party trick.
- Automatic toe bails provide peace of mind on your next spicy ridgeline scramble.
- Anti-balling plates and toe baskets are available as optional accessories.
- Comes with a protective hard case for easy stowage.
- Adjustable for boot sole lengths between 260-333 mm.
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Skimo racing, high-output touring|
|Notes||Meets EN 893 and UIAA 153 certifications|
|Bottom Line||Sleek race crampons that won't slow you down|
|Compare to other Crampons|
Questions & Reviews
1. Easy tool-less adjustment, with micro fine-tuning.
2. Excellent packability.
3. Fit stayed tight and secure in the field.
1. Pricey compared to the competition.
2. Protective hard case looks beautiful and is beautifully crafted, but useful only as … a display object? (By contrast, the crampon pouch that Petzl includes for the Leopard is useful for both storage and field use.)
A strength or drawback depending on your perspective:
1. The toe and heel platforms are noticeably shorter than the competition, especially the Petzl Leopard. This makes for a good match with the La Sportiva Stratos V, most notably at the heel, which has a very short platform, far shorter than the heel platform of the Leopard, which was only partially supported by the Stratos V in the heel. Otherwise, this does mean that the length of your boot covered by spikes is shorter with the DNA than the competition. I certainly didn’t notice any lack of grip, but then again, I wasn’t pushing against the limits of all-alu crampon terrain (which probably isn’t a good idea in general, regardless of model).
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