For those who aren’t up on their Italian, C.A.M.P. stands for ‘Construzione Articoli Montagna Premana’, which translates in English to, ‘Articles for Mountaineering Made in Premana.’ What company actually tells consumers where their stuff is made, in the company name, in this century? CAMP, that’s who. Premana is a small mountain town with only one road leading in or out. Begun by Nicolas Codega in 1889, this company has been manufacturing mountaineering equipment since day one, 122 years ago. It’s safe to say they’ve got a bit of history where mountains are concerned.
In keeping with the light is right philosophy, CAMP had their Dynafit compatible crampon on display at the Outdoor Retailer show. Dropping out the typical cam style locking heel piece, this new design instead uses two familiar (to any tech binding user) steel pins to lock the crampon onto the rear of the Dynafit compatible ski boot. The toe piece is still the familiar wire cage, and with flexible webbing between the toe and heel pieces, the entire unit folds down into a pretty small, and light, package.
Billed as the lightest crampon available (again!), it felt as secure as any typical heel locked crampon once it was in place. This just provides more impetus for anyone on the fence about going the tech binding and boot combo route. And for those already having jumped the fence, it provides a pleasant, additional weight savings for those days that carrying crampons is necessary.