FIMBULVETR TRAILR X-SERIES
OUR TAKE Snow and terrain can change a lot over the course of a hike, but the TRAILR is built to handle it all. Instead of failure-prone metal pivot points, the binding is attached directly to an arched part of the deck. This design provides fore, aft, and lateral articulation for natural—yet stable—strides, even under a 35-pound load. Seven cutouts in the flexy, plastic deck prevent underfoot balling on uphills, but the TRAILR is wide enough for good float in soft snow.
THE DETAILS When conditions got icy on a trek in Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the 10-point front crampon held fast. The TRAILR’s binding is simple, employing a hybrid between a lace-up and a clamshell that can be cinched in one pull. (Ding: It’s hard to operate with bulky gloves.) A 2.5-inch, singlestage heel riser helps on uphills.
TRAIL CRED “With its three-way flexibility, the toe crampon stuck on mixed-terrain traverses up to Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier,” our tester says. “I didn’t have to think twice about sidehilling on gentle slopes.” $249; 4 lbs. 8 oz.; 22 inches; fimbulvetr.no