41Application: Kahtoola KTS Steel crampons (Pascal)
- Feb 21, 2005Here is my application to test the Kahtoola KTS Steel crampons.
My specific requirements for this application are as follow:
I have read and understood the latest version of the Survival Guide (V.
1202) and will fully comply with all the requirements. A copy of my
tester agreement is on file.
Personal Biographical Information
Name Pascal Desch�nes
Age 30 years old
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 88 kg (195 lb)
Shoe Size 10 1/2 US
Email pasde at yahoo dot com
City, State, Country Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Long since I was young, I've always been an outdoor enthusiast: sea or
white river kayaking, rock climbing, long and short distance hiking,
classic and backcountry skiing, mountain biking.
I can describe myself as being a hiker with a paradoxical style. On one
side I tend toward fast tracking while on the other I halt frequently,
gazing at various points of interest, fauna and flora. I'm also geared
toward lightweight backpacking but wouldn't let my solo percolator
Testing Location and Weather
I�ll be testing mostly in Western Quebec with peregrinations into my
near-by national parks and reserves. However, I plan going on peak
bagging this spring in the Adirondack�s High Peak Region. During winter
trips, the expected temperature will be ranging from -20 C (-4 F) to 0
C (32 F) with lots of snow while during spring outings the temperature
gets milder but lots of snow remains along with icy terrains.
I plan to test these crampons in various terrains and conditions. Much
of my test will involves backpacking, or day hiking. However, I do not
intend to be involved in any mountaineering activities. I definitely
think that I am one of the few hikers having access to the condition
where I would get the most six month use out of those crampons. Indeed,
crampons are especially a must have during the late winter/spring
season in the Lanrentiens, the White Mountains, or the Adirondack High
Peaks Region, where trail conditions alternate between packed snow, ice
and icy crust.
Please note that since the testing duration is subject to some time
constrains, it may be required to have several outing in a shorter time
period, which may in the end impact the overall test results.
Here is a list of several criteria that I will pay special attention
while testing this product:
Obviously, I am interested in the efficiency of these crampons. More
specifically, how effective are the front teeth (with there 15 degrees
angle design). Are the points long enough to hike securely on thick and
icy crust? What would be their effectiveness while hiking downhill v.
uphill? What kind of steepness such crampons can handle properly and
There must be a good reason for Kahtoola having preferred the steel
construction over the aluminum one and I would like find out such
reasons. Is the steel alloy subject to corrosion? Are the plastic parts
resistant to cold temperature? Is the bar between the toe and heel
section offering enough flexibility while trail running? Are the
bendable double-welded side straps subject to any failure in the long
term? Are the straps really �Water/Freeze resistant�?
� Ergonomic Details
My number one concern using crampons is stability. How stable are these
while wearing different types of footwear (lightweight or heavy duty
hiking boots and trail running shoes)? Would wearing such different
types of footwear also have an impact on the comfort? To which degree I
would be aware of wearing these while hiking? Do the heel section�s
straps provide blister-free support while wearing below-ankle shoes?
Can such crampons be put easily on while wearing gloves?
Scarpa ZG 65 GTX boot
Smith Axis Interchangeable Series Sunglasses
Granite Gear Winterizer (IR on its way)
Ibex Approach Tights (yet to be received)
WrightSock Double Layer CoolMax Running Socks
PETZL Tikka Plus LED Headlamp
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