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.
XLC Nanotech Automatic
The most sophisticated mountaineering crampons in the world!
Sandvik Nanoflex® stainless steel reinforcements on the front points
3-D pressed frame maximizes strength and performance
Automatic bindings fit most technical mountaineering and telemark boots
CC4u wear indicators on the side points show when it is time for replacement
Optional Vibram® anti-balling plates (18106 – sold separately)
The XLC Nanotech features the same lightweight materials and construction as the hyperlight XLC crampons with the addition of innovative Sandvik Nanoflex® steel reinforcements on the front points for increased durability, strength, and penetration on hard ice. Automatic bindings offer the most secure fit for rigid boots with full toe and heel welts, including A/T and telemark boots.
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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.
|598 g / 21.09 oz|
|Ideal Uses||Racing / Skimo (super light) Glacier Travel / Mountaineering|
|Front Points||Horizontal Dual |
|Front Point Offset||No|
|Number of Points||12|
|Main Material||7075 Aluminum / Nanoflex® Steel|
|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|
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.
This video shows how to sharpen your crampon correctly.
The Sandvik steel points are attached under the frontpoints of the all-aluminum 12-point frame. They stand up well for their intended use: snow routes with the occasional moderate ice patch. You would not want to use them on vertical ice, sustained alpine ice or mixed rocky conditions. Also available in automatic bindings, I used the semiautomatic. The softer frame really sucked into the soles of my boots so that there was no detectable slop in the system, which is unusual for such a lightweight setup.
The XLC Nanotech is the first of what I suspect will be a new breed of composite crampons—the frame is 7075 aluminum, but the front points are stainless steel. Specifically, Sandvik Nanoflex steel, an alloy C.A.M.P. says is 60 percent stronger than regular steel. The steel points extend the crampon’s durability and let you tackle hard ice such as that found in spring couloirs, or scratch up the odd patch of rock.
Overall, C.A.M.P.'s XLC Nanotech crampons have exceeded my expectations on
all grounds: performance on rock and snow, lightness, ease of use, fit and
durability. The release system and adjustment bar could function more smoothly,
but these details don't take much away from my overall approval of the design.
Pros: Lightweight; durable steel front points; supportive plastic toe bail.
Cons: Not easily adjustable; front points don't reach the ground when traversing.