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What Run Oregon is Wearing: Hillsound Trail Crampons

I’ve already seen advertisements for winter tires, reminding me of the “Snowpocolypse” from 2016. My email has been receiving an avalanche of circulars for ski resort season passes. On the clear days when “the mountain is out”, it’s obvious that Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens are pristinely snow-covered and ready for adventure. Time to round up the winter gear!

Crampons are a seriously great tool to keep in any adventure pack for winter (and even summer, depending on where you’re hiking!). The Hillsound Trail Crampons are steps above the basic type you’d strap on for shoveling the sidewalk, but not as hardcore as (or by any means a replacement for) proper mountaineering crampons. But they are incredibly lightweight and easy to pack…and subsequently unpack and put on! Crampons should have two main purposes – to stick to the trail and to stick to your shoes and Hillsound figured out how to easily do both.

I borrowed a pair of these from a friend on my hike up Mt. St. Helens back in June and they did a great job on the snow and ice, and held up well as the trail oscillated between rock and crusty snow. They also come with a small, machine-washable bag to keep your other gear protected, clean, and dry.

Because we’re a running blog, it should be said: yes! You can run in these! They are designed to be flexible and move with your natural stride. One of my favorite Canadian runners recently posted about them on his Instagram. Another of my favorite Instagrammers, a Canadian Vizsla this time, also loves them.

Technical specs from the website):

  • Weight (pair, size M): 16.3 oz. / 462 g
  • Spike Length: 1.5 cm
    • 11 spikes
  • Spike Material: Heat-treated Carbon Steel
    • Ergonomic plate system to added spike stability
    • Hinged plate flexes with the sole
  • Chain Material: Stainless Steel
  • Harness Material: Elastomer to easily stretch over most footwear
    • Rip & stick over-shoe strap keeps crampons secure
  • Ideal Uses: Hiking, backpacking, wet / snowy / icy / muddy trails

Price: $65 | Amazon

A little more about Hillsound (you can also visit their Facebook page here):

Our mission is to create innovative and accessible high quality products that improve performance, helping you to reach new heights with ease in the great outdoors. We strive to work with new materials and the latest technologies to prepare you for your adventures. We strongly believe that customer feedback is a central tenet of the design process and seek input from people who, like ourselves, live and breathe the outdoors. From industry professionals and search and rescue staff to weekend warriors and casual hikers, we strive for an inclusive design process. This, combined with vigorous field testing by our ambassadors and in-house team, ensures the hiking accessories we create are durable, functional and easy to use.

Thank you to Hillsound for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Bobi Jo (126 Articles)
Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and snowshoeing. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan. Her best adventure buddies are her husband and her Australian Shepherd.

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