Buyer Beware: The perils of buying crampons online
It’s buyer beware when purchasing crampons online (Photo: BMC for UIAA)
Getting equipped to tackle the mountains in winter can seem an expensive business, with the cost of boots, axe and crampons totting up to a fair sum. It may be tempting to save money by snapping up a cheap bargain online. Be warned though, this may cost you a lot more than a pair of crampons in the long run.
Crampons sold within the EU must conform to EN 893, which sets a minimum standard for the strength of the points, the frame and any attachment points or bails. Such a crampon will be CE marked and have both the name of the manufacturer and the year of manufacture marked on it. In addition there will be attached to the new crampons a set of instructions telling you what you need to know about fitting, inspecting and maintaining them.