Kit review: Tiso Monte Rosa Crampon
I have been checking out the Tiso Monte Rosa Crampons for walking in snowy and icy hills and mountains.
A crampon like this attaches to the underside of a walking boot. The boot can be have a rigid or semi rigid sole, although they do work best on a rigid sole. You could probably fix these to a pair of trainers if you had to, but a pair of winter walking boots is the best match.
The crampons fold up into a zipped bag so they can be stowed in your rucksack for when you need them. In winter, I always carry crampons when walking in the mountains because you never know when you might need extra grip on snow or ice.
Until now I have used a straightforward Grivel crampon. The Tiso version is cheaper but similar. In fact, confusingly the Tiso Monte Rosa Crampons are made by Grivel but simply have Tiso branding.
- Adjustable flex bar to allow the crampons to be fitted to a wide range of boot sizes.
- Durable plastic heel and toe casing.
- Three-dimensional relief stamped front points to offer torsional rigidity.
- Simple strap with a plastic cradle configuration for easy fitting.
- Flex bar making then easy to adjust without the use of tools.
- Price £95 (with discount card £85.50).
- See Tiso crampons
On test: Tiso Monte Rosa Crampon
I tried the crampons at home before setting out into snowy hills. I wanted to make sure they would fit neatly and stay in place.
Walking in snow in crampons
The crampons feel solid and grippy. They tie neatly and securely to the boots. They are ideal for winter walking in Scotland. I can’t yet comment on the durability of the crampons but I have owned a similar pair of yellow Grivels for years and they are still in good working order. I do not imagine the Tiso Grivels will be any different.