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XLC 490 Universal
  • XLC 490 Universal
  • XLC 490 Anti Balling Plate

XLC 490

CAMP

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Description

3-D pressed frame maximizes strength and performance
Universal bindings fit most mountaineering and hiking boots
Tool-free size adjustment
CC4u wear indicators on the side points show when it is time for replacement
Optional Vibram® anti-balling plates (18106 – sold separately)
The lightest 12-point strap-on crampons in the world! Perfect for glacier travel and general mountaineering. Thermoplastic heel and toe harnesses wrap around nearly any hiking and classic mountaineering boots and are secured by strong nylon straps and metal buckles. For telemark or A/T boots, use the XLC 390 with automatic bindings (348). While sturdy, aluminum crampons are not suitable for ice climbing or intensive mixed terrain.

Retail price

US$ 149.95

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Weight per Pair (g / oz)

Weight per Pair (g / oz)

In grams and ounces, the weight of both crampons together, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.

If there are differences in weight (due to multiple sizes or optional accessories) we'll note those here.

610 g / 21.52 oz­
Ideal Uses Glacier Travel / Mountaineering
Binding System Universal
Sizing Eur 36-48
Front Points Horizontal Dual ­
Front Point Offset No
Number of Points 12
Main Material 7075 Aluminum
Wear Indicators Yes
Anti-Ball Plates Sold Separately (see the plates here)
Crampon Case Sold Separately (see the case here)
Heel Spur Attachment None made for this model­
Certification

Certifications

The main climbing gear certifications are CE and UIAA--and normally the UIAA creates the rules that the CE body also supports. When possible, we try to list all the certifications the product carries.

To sell a climbing product in Europe, the device must be CE certified. There are no official requirements to sell climbing gear in the US. The UIAA certification is a voluntary process.

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Rock and Ice Certifications Guide
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Sharpening Your Crampon

This video shows how to sharpen your crampon correctly.

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The UIAA equipment standard provides a baseline for equipment performance in a test lab under controlled conditions on new equipment. Although these test conditions are relevant to the conditions encountered climbing, conditions encountered at the crags and the condition of the equipment are equally important. This recommendation from the UIAA member federation The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) provides vital equipment information that is NOT explicitly addressed in the standard, particularly failure modes of the equipment and recommendations for the use, inspection, maintenance, and retirement of equipment.