• CAMP USA - Cassin - Blade Runner Crampon - Orange
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CAMP USA - Cassin Blade Runner Crampon

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    Tech Specs

    [front platform] Cromoly steel, [heel slide] Sandvik Nanoflex steel
    Front Points:
    Anti-balling plates:
    yes, included
    Claimed Weight:
    [size 1] 2lb 3.8oz, [size 2] 2lb 4.3oz
    Recommended Use:
    ice, mixed, and alpine climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty:

    Blade Runner Crampon

    Billed as the most versatile technical crampon on the market today, The Camp USA - Cassin Blade Runner Crampon devours everything from ice climbs, technical mixed routes, and traditional alpine climbs thanks to a design that can only be described as innovative. Offering added stability when you are front-pointing on vertical ice, the Blade Runner's V-shaped chromoly steel front platform provides the rigidity necessary to eliminate the flexibility and play that can leave even experienced climbers feeling insecure on technical terrain.

    The way in which the heel slide attaches to the linking bar combines the stability of vertical frames with the precision and adjustability of horizontal frame crampons. The heel slide is made with Sandvik Nanoflex steel that is incredibly strong, considering how thin and lightweight it is. Apart from reducing the overall weight of the crampon, the patented heel slide also adds additional flex, which makes the crampon more comfortable to walk in while alpine climbing. Adding to the Blade Runner's versatility, Cassin made the front points interchangeable between a dual- and mono-point setup, with each being easily adjusted between a centered or offset position to accommodate the various routes and surfaces you'll be able to climb with these go-anywhere, do-anything crampons.

    • Camp's most versatile crampon for ice, mixed, and alpine climbing
    • Burly V-shaped chromoly steel offers a stiff and rigid feel
    • Lightweight and flexible rear heel slide made from Sandvik Nanoflex
    • Interchangeable front points convert between a dual or mono setup
    • Front points can be adjusted between a centered or offset position
    • Front plate reduces balling (anti-balling plate is included)
    • Automatic binding fits mountaineering boots with heel and toe welts
    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    Best in Class

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The bladerunner is in a league of its own when it comes to power transmission when kicking into vertical ice. These crampons are certainly not the lightest setup available, and for this reason may not be your first choice for glacier travel or alpine climbing, but in terms of all around ice performance (particularly on vertical ice) these Cassins can't be beat. The stepped design of the frame allows the heel rubber of the boot to assist in transmitting power into the front point, which equates to precise, powerful kicks without the energy input required compared to other setups. Despite the high price tag, I'd strongly encourage anyone in the market for a new ice-climbing crampon to give these a shot. In my opinion, well worth the $$.

    A League of It's Own

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are my favorite crampons for ice climbing. I've got a pair of BD Cyborg Pro's and a pair of Blade Runners and use the Cyborg Pro's solely as a loaner pair now.

    Mono Point:

    I'm a big fan of the mono point on these. When I kick ice I don't get as much ice fracturing off in chunks as when I kick ice with the cyborg pros when set up as dual points. I primarily climb with these as a mono point.

    Engaging Next Set of Points:

    This is where the feeling of security comes in when you drop your heels in these and engage the two sets of points behind the main mono point. This means I've got 5 potential points of contacts compared to 3 or 4 on other crampons or my Cyborg Pro's.


    Adjusting the sizing on these is pretty easy. On my last trip we headed to Ouray for a week and letting a buddy or my lady borrow them for the day wasn't a hassle with a massive amount of work to adjust the size. It was super easy to adjust the length of the crampons and nice that the heel piece and linking bar are one piece, so the crampon doesn't fall apart when fiddling around with sizing.

    Size 1: Eur 37-46

    Size 2: Eur 40-49


    I've got a pair of Scarpa Alien's that these work well with, I use them with my Arc'teryx Acrux boots, an old pair of Lowa Latok's. These work well with any boot.

    I'm a huge fan of these crampons, feel free to drop me an email if you've got any questions!

    A League of It's Own

    I demoed these when I was first starting out and just circled back to demo them again. You hit all the high points of their amazing performance. They absolutely blow away the BD cyborgs (mono) I've been climbing on for a few years. I was getting countless sticks on the first kick all day rather than shattering through the ice to get placement. Confidence in my feet was second to none.

    I'm looking for some insight on the sizing differences. Fit was a little wonky on my Scarpa Phantom Guides 42.5. I didn't try offsetting the bails. I neglected to check, but I would guess I was on 'size 2' since the slide bar was only set on 5, and I had full heel coverage with the rear section. The offset on the slide bar was locked into the heel well. However, both the toe and heel bail are considerably wider than the boot and allowed the sections to migrate laterally throughout the day. The vertical tabs on the BD plates keep thing oriented properly. Any insight on what parts are smaller on the 'size 1'? Ideally I wouldn't want to sacrifice point spacing/width or heel coverage, but narrower bails would be perfect.


    Glad you've enjoyed the Blade Runners! With a 42.5 you can go either size. I'm a 43.5 and have used both sizes before. But I'd probably go size 1 in your case.

    I don't believe the bail sizing is different since CAMP sells just one size for a replacement part. I have experienced the migration you're talking about and what I've done to decrease it is to tighten the heel bail.

    Kickin Ice

    Kickin Ice

    They make ice climbing easier

    They make ice climbing easier

    Awesome crampons

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I just finished climbing for 3 days with these crampons paired up with Scarpa Phantom Techs. The fit on the boot is a little weird where the rear plate doesn't line up exactly with the boot but they still worked well and I didn't notice any issues when climbing. I have climbed with Petzl Dart and Dartwin and I prefer these over both. I didn't feel like I could climb anything different then what I would have otherwise but being able to adjust and replace the points is great. Additionally, there is some weight penalty but I do like the anti-balling plate that the Petzl's dont have. I was recently climbing with a friend with Dart's and he was definitely having more balling than I was. Obviously you can clear it out pretty easy but its easy to forget about it and loose traction when you need it most. I have plans to do a couple days with Alpine and ice on the same trip and I can replace the vertical points with horizontal points as well so no need to carry two sets of crampons or make a compromise. The change over only takes about 3 minutes. As some of the other reviews have indicated, the crampon bag is small so its a tight fit (if at all) unless you compress the crampons (which is a pain).

    Worth the $$

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is probably one of the only pieces of gear Camp USA will tell you that "Will make you a better ice climber". The way the front points were designed instill confidence with every kick. I have been using BD's for a few years and tried out the Blade Runners, I was floored with their performance.

    When you get the crampon you will notice a few things nobody else is doing. The rear part of this crampon has a section that locks the boot into place. The front part has been changed to accommodate the rocker of today's modern mountaineering boots.

    The way the secondary dual points are engaged really take some fatigue off your calves. The main front point was also developed to be used on thin ice and not fracture ice like competitors. Id be lying if I told you I knew all about the engineering of this product because its complex, I just know it works. The picture is of Ian Osteyee and Jesse Mattner, look up their climbing resumes, they both helped develop this crampon.

    Feel free to hit me up at bporreca@backcountry.com or 801-736-6398.

    Worth the $$

    The BEST!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have a hard time believing there is a better crampon on the market currently, no matter what your pursuit is. You have up to 5 positions you can install the front points on, giving you tremendous freedom when setting the crampon up for any objective. Also because the front points are interchangeable, you can have a single crampon to do everything: snow, ice, or mixed. This feature alone will likely eliminate 2 pairs of crampons for most people (it has for me). Every detail of these crampons were well thought out and include features few other crampons come with. The integral heel piece and center bar make a considerably stiffer crampon than standard three piece construction. Additionally this integral piece and has two small points for providing purchase on bulges of ice which would "high center" on other crampons. The location of the secondary points is outstanding, and they consistently engage the ice providing you with a bomber platform to stand on. If you are used to 3 piece crampon construction this 2 piece will take a little getting use to, as you generally have to completely separate the 2 pieces to fit them in crampon bags, however the added rigidity makes up for this shortfall. I would consider carrying a small allen key with these crampons to keep the front points snug. While they are fitted with locking washers, it's nice to be able to snug them down at the end of the day or before you start. The only thing I would say needs improvement is the heel welt locking lever, it has functioned fine but has a cheap feel to it. Overall an outstanding crampon and incredibly versatile.