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.
The most versatile technical ice crampons on the market
Patented heel slide design integrates the benefits of vertical and horizontal frame crampon designs
Interchangeable front points are easy to switch from dual to mono, centered or offset
Optional snow points optimize the crampons for alpine terrain
V-shaped chromoly steel front platform offers high rigidity and reduces balling
The patented heel slide is constructed from proprietary Sandvik Nanoflex® steel for the optimal blend of strength, flex and lightweight
Asymmetric design follows the contours of modern boots to ensure a more precise fit
Semi-automatic toe bails allow for use on boots without rigid toe lugs
Anti-balling plates included
Available in two sizes for optimal boot fit compatibility
The Blade Runner represents a new era in technical ice crampons. A wealth of innovative features combine to create a crampon that conforms to the ergonomics of modern boots, increases rigidity along the entire length of the crampon without decreasing dexterity or compromising fit, adapts to alpine conditions with a variety of front points and toe bail configurations, and naturally reduces balling with its inverted V-shaped front platform. The patented heel slide integrates the linking bar with the heel piece for better torsional rigidity. This allows the Blade Runner to offer the best of both worlds by combining the power and stability of vertical frame crampons with the precision and ease of adjustment of horizontal frame designs. The entire heel slide is constructed from proprietary Sandvik Nanoflex® steel: an amazingly strong and tough stainless steel that allows for a reduction in the thickness of the frame from 2.75 mm to 1.8 mm, thereby reducing weight while simultaneously increasing strength and providing the right amount of longitudinal flexibility for a precise fit on modern boots with more extreme rocker. The front platform is constructed from traditional chromoly steel alloy to absorb impact energy and maintain solid rigidity under foot. The elimination of connection joints leaves little room for play and reduces much of the flex that can make crampons seem less secure on technical terrain. The sophisticated geometry of the front points interact with the secondary points on the main frame for easy penetration and superior hold even in the most fickle conditions. Switching the front points between dual and mono, centered or offset, is made easy with the hook and notch system on the rear contact point. The optional snow points convert the Blade Runner into all mountain machines with their beveled design and precise shape and spacing that maximizes purchase in ice and hard snow. Optional semi-automatic toe bails also allow the Blade Runner to be used on boots without rigid toe lugs – a great feature for alpine climbing where the bulky toe lug reduces sensitivity and performance on rock.
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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.
|1015 g / 35.80 oz|
|Ideal Uses||Technical Mountaineering / Alpine Waterfall Ice Mixed (Rock & Ice) / Dry Tooling|
|Sizing||Size 1 : Eur 37-46 Size 2 : Eur 40-49|
|Front Points||Vertical Mono / Dual |
|Front Point Offset||Yes, Adjustable|
|Number of Points||13/14|
|Main Material||Chromoly Steel / Nanoflex® Steel|
|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.
Long but very informative video, shows all the features of Blade Runner Crampon in details.
This video shows how to sharpen your crampon correctly.
On straightforward steep ice, they were easy to trust, required minimal “kicking,” and I felt secure while standing on my feet without any need to “get used to them.” A wide platform and stiff under foot, they took very little effort to feel stable, heels low, and relaxed. To me, it was noteworthy, and worthy of me writing this review: I felt confident on my feet during the very first route, and a wild route it was! In my opinion, Cassin has another winner with the Blade Runner Crampon and I for one, couldn’t be more psyched to have, and to be climbing with a pair of these weapons.
I like them very much as a technical water ice/mixed crampon. They fit my boots well, and there is very little slop or vibration in use. The aggressive secondary points are well suited for steep ice. The only issue is their price. MSRP for these crampons is $350. That’s a lot. I’m not sure I like them that much better than other (less expensive) technical crampons I’ve used.
Equally impressive is the orientation and infinite adjustability of the front points for personal preference and assorted terrain. You have an endless variation of not only mono or dual-point possibilities, but also offset versions too, and vertical (ice) or horizontal (snow) individual points. This makes the Blade Runner a truly one-world ice, alpine, or snow contender. Add to this the ability to use a semi-automatic toe bail for softer-flexing alpine summer boots, and you really do have a go-anywhere, climb-‘everything’ crampon.
The Cassin Blade Runner crampons do a lot of things very well. We were most thrilled with the vertical mono-point setup, where design features and flaws really become apparent. But, the vertical dual-point and horizontal dual-point performance was also very good. The design and finish on these is top notch. There are two sizes to fit a variety of foot sizes. We can’t see how anyone would be anything other than thrilled with the performance of the Cassin Blade Runner crampons.