Gear Closet Raffle: Hillsound Trail Crampon Pros

Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro

Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro

Winter has arrived and with it the need for extra traction when hiking on trails covered with packed snow and ice. If you hike in soft-soled winter boots or pac boots, it’s nice to have a crampon that’s longer than microspikes and comes with anti-balling plates, so that snow doesn’t clump up underneath your boots. Under such  conditions, I like using Hillsound Trail Crampon Pros as a hiking traction aid with their unique snowboard style ratcheting binding system. I reviewed the Trail Crampon Pros last year (click for review) and they’ve proven very popular with winter hikers in New Hampshire.

To Enter

You can enter up to 5 times to win this raffle using the Rafflecopter widget below. It’s going to ask you for an email address which I need to contact you if you are the winner. I will discard all of the email addresses for non-winners after the raffle to protect your privacy.

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Deadline to Enter

The deadline to enter this raffle is Sunday, January 27 at midnight EST. Don’t delay! Enter now.

Raffle Rules

  1. This raffle is open to US and international entrants with a postal address.
  2. Participants must provide a valid email address via the Rafflecopter widget when they enter the raffle
  3. A winner will be picked randomly from entrants.
  4. Entries must follow raffle rules or they will be disqualified.
  5. The winner will be contacted by email on Monday, January 28th, 2012
  6. Winner has 48 hours to acknowledge receipt of notification by email or the prize will be given to the next runner up.


59 Responses to Gear Closet Raffle: Hillsound Trail Crampon Pros

  1. Derrick N January 23, 2013 at 3:11 am #

    I want crampons for safety of course. I hiked the rim to river to rim trail on the Grand Canyon this winter and had a wonderful time minus the fact that I had no traction gear. The trail was covered in ice and made my ascent and descent painfully slow. I’d be able to hit the trails in the winter much more often with those hillsound crampons

  2. Ed Steele January 23, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    These were on my Christmas wish list, and still are. Went backpacking were the snow had packed , melted and refroze into a trail of ice and my yak-trak just aren’t up to the job.

  3. Dan B January 23, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    So I can do 4-season hiking on Mt. Mansfield! The boots just can’t cut it by thenselves every time:-(

  4. Mark R January 23, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    I really want crampons so I can get out in the winter to do some serious backpacking. I’m a major spring-summer-fall backpacker, but haven’t made the plunge in the winter due to not having adequate equipment. I’ve actually gone hiking in the winter but had to turn back due to frozen conditions.This would help me out tremendously.

  5. Dave Hollingshead January 23, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    It would be great to have a set of these crampons! They are perfect for most of the hiking that I do in winter.

  6. Stephen January 23, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    These crampons would help me in many dicey situations. I would really like to win them….
    Take Care

  7. paul currie January 23, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    I’ve been using microspikes for a few years now and just last week I did a hike in the White Mountains with a group. Well there was plenty of ice of course and most of the group had the Hillsound Pros, but a few , including myself , were hiking with the microspikes and I felt we had slowed down the pace because of this. I don’t want to be the turtle of the pack again !!

  8. Dennis A. Cooley January 23, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    I might do a little more winter hiking with these!!

  9. Don milligan January 23, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Sure would be Cool to win these

  10. Len Beké January 23, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    I’d like to have these crampons to go explore the Pecos Wilderness next year.

    • Alex January 23, 2013 at 8:59 am #

      My crampons require a front bail, so I cannot use them with my ordinary hiking boots. I’d like something beefier than microspikes that I can use on hikes that are warm enough to do without mountaineering boots — this happens a lot on warmer winter days in the Daks and the Whites. E.g. I just did a one-day Presi traverse on a balmy January day with 3-season boots, snowshoes, and microspikes. Hillsounds would’ve been nicer than the spikes in a few places.

  11. Liz January 23, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    I want to do the winter NH 48s, so I will definitely need some crampons.

  12. M Burgess January 23, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    I’m not ready to go full mountaineering boots just yet – but something a little bit more aggressive than my Microspikes would be perfect at times. I live in the Berkshires but I’ve been heading up into NH more and more, these would be great to have.

    Love the site, thanks!

  13. Naomi Osborn January 23, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    I see some mountaineering in my future!

  14. M.Pearl January 23, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    I want to be prepared for my Mt. Moosilauke hike next month!

  15. Sally Dabrowski January 23, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    I’d like crampons to attain summits that are beyond the limits of microspikes and would use them primarily in New Hampshire right now.

  16. Old White Guys January 23, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Even on the best of “blubird” days my traction is marginal at best and I am considering changing my trail name to Old White Mountain Goat (OWMG) and these crampons would be just the thing to prepare the way for the new moniker. See you at the summit!!

  17. Bruce January 23, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    My Brother and I like to hike Mt.Cardigan and Firescrew and the surrounding area in the winter. I have used Micro spikes and the Hillsound trail crampons but they sometimes feel a little dicey on descents and I have been wanting to get a pair of these. We are also considering hiking Mt. Moosilauke next month.

  18. Sean January 23, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Yup, my Yaktrax tend to roll to the side when I’m hiking a traverse. Would love to check these out. Thanks.


  19. Jesse January 23, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I’ve got four more trips planned for this winter and these would come in very handy.

  20. Howell January 23, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    The real appeal of these vs microspikes is the anti-balling plate. With warmer snow, i’ve had microspikes pull right off my boot.

    • Earlylite January 23, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      Actually, they’re much more aggressive than Microspikes – longer spikes – and fall between them and a true mountaineering crampon. The ABS plates are big improvement, but these will also increase your range on harder ice.

  21. Nick T January 23, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    I have started to spend a lot more time above treeline and these could be a huge help when the microspikes are not enough

  22. Ben Carlson January 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Microspikes are great for trails that are just kind of snowy or a little icy, but I’d love to have real crampons so I could start doing some more difficult terrain. They would pair well with the snowshoes I juts got for Christmas!

  23. Cristy Rice January 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I want to start 4 season hiking

  24. Angus January 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    These are definitely on my list of items to purchase next. My local mountains tend to have packed snow that having crampons would be beneficial for safety.

  25. Mike Pierce January 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    I like to do hikes on Mt San Antonio and vicinity (So Cal, San Gabriel Mountains). I had to turn around last spring when I ran into an unexpected icey spot that I could not get around.
    These sound like they would be the thing to have along for those situations.

  26. Michael January 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Those would be a lovely addition to my technical Grivel crampons. I would use them on my HRP thru hike this year (that would save me buying lightweight new crampons). Yay for raffles!

  27. ronda January 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I will need the great traction as I expand my hiking and backpacking experiences to places that are not flat, like Iowa :-)

  28. Joe Geib January 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Asked about these recently, and read the gear review. I put them on my Christmas list, but there they still sit. Probably need to get a pair for my upcoming trip to NH (from PA) for some winter fun.

  29. OutHikingAgain January 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Quit my job and heading west in 8 months. These would come in handy on the higher trails, I’m sure.

  30. Kris January 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    I would use them in the White Mountains! It would be nice to have some more aggressive traction, right now I just have microspikes and snowshoes.

  31. Grant January 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    I would love a spare pare of crampons so i can loan them to my new hiker friends who want to take on winter peaks in the whites!

  32. Scott January 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Last time I went backpacking on the Foothills Trail in SC, I got snowed on even though there was no precipitation in the forecast. Not having any traction gear slowed me down enough that I had to organize a new pickup in a different location and almost didn’t get linked up with my ride. These crampons would have allowed me to make my original rendezvous.

  33. Kristin January 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Would love a pair of these for hiking and climbing in NH!

  34. Rick Shortt January 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    These would be perfect for any hiking I am likely to do that microspikes or snowshoes won’t handle. Great blog BTW!

  35. Tom murphy January 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    I want to venture above treelike

  36. Blitzo January 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I wonder how effective crampons are on trail runners….

  37. Chris January 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    I have microspikes and full out crampons for my Scar

  38. Chris January 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    … Scarpa omegas, but I would love something in between for the situations where my microspikes are not enough, but I don’t want to have to go with my full out plastic boots and BD sabretooths. Would be a great addition to my arsenal. (Sorry for the accidental incomplete post!)

    • Earlylite January 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

      These won’t fit over your Omegas Chris – try Camp XLC aluminum step-ins for them. That’s what I use.

  39. Jon M January 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Walking to class haha, we get some nasty icestorms and I’d love to walk around campus laughing at everyone else falling on their arses for a change… Oh and I might do some hiking as well.

  40. Brian Peterson January 24, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    I’m curious about how they work on trail runners as well.

    • Earlylite January 24, 2013 at 7:42 am #

      The leaf spring on these is rigid, so while they do work on trail runners, you’ll have a much more comfortable experience using a lightweight crampon with a flexible leaf-spring (connecting bar) like the Kahtoola K10 I reviewed a few weeks ago.

      The sweet spot fr\or the Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro is really a soft soled winter boot which has a more rigid sole and covers your ankle, but is not as rigid as a mountaineering/ice climbing boot.

  41. Joe January 24, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    Transitioning to light weight to include trail runners. My current obsession are the Olympic mountains of Washington state. Come visit!

    • Konrad January 24, 2013 at 1:43 am #

      These are amazing light duty crampons. Would love to win a pair to gift to a friend. Thanks!

  42. Andrew January 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Working on lightening my winter gear and with snow fall in Minnesota starting to get less and less I think crampons might be more effective than snow shoes.

  43. Trevor January 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    just bought microspikes for Spring hiking last year. In the market for a decent pair of crampons for winter hiking…

  44. DIP January 25, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    These look great and bet they are very lite on your boots. I would love to win a pair and try them out in the local mountains. Good luck to everyone who enters. DIP

  45. whalen January 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Like everyone else, I think it’d be great to have something in between microspikes and crampons. Thx

  46. Jeff January 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I’ve newly moved to the Adirondacks, and need crampons to extend my season up on the High Peaks, particularly in the Fall!

  47. Curt January 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Cool stuff!

  48. PamW January 26, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    I find I leave my full crampons at home because they are so heavy. I’ve been admiring the trail crampon pros for a while and would use them in the NH White Mountains, climbing the winter 48.

  49. Jacob January 26, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    I need these because I love to hike and I live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado! Nuff said :D

  50. MIchael January 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    I need these for winter hikes in the White Mountains of NH.

  51. ronda January 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    I will need these when my winter backpacking gets me out of IA and into the mountains! Fun raffle.

  52. James Stewart January 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    These would be great for those shoulder season peak bagging trips where micro spikes just aren’t enough.

  53. Heather B January 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Perfect for a newbie winter hiker! I wonder if these would these fit a women’s size six snowshoeing boot (e.g., Merrells)…

  54. Wil Colquhoun January 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    I need them because I don’t currently have a pair and I would use them on South Mountain in Maryland.