In the early design stages of the first-ever KTS Crampon, the initial prototype was constructed out of steel shelving that Danny had hand-bent to create cleats, and he used cordage to connect the toe with the heal. What he discovered was designing something that stayed secure while flexing with the foot was not only difficult, but was an entirely new concept.
Later, after incorporating the most advanced flexible steel available to replace the cord as an extender bar, he still was not completely satisfied with its overall flexibility. Then, two weeks before he was scheduled to showcase the crampons, he found that when cut in half and dual-layered, two thin stainless-steel bars were exponentially more flexible than one thicker bar—and surprisingly didn’t compromise durability. It flexed easily with a shoe and was extremely tough. The result was the patented LeafSpring® Flex Bar.
In the nearly two decades since our KTS Crampons were first showcased and Kahtoola launched as a company, we’ve continued to grow and learn. And no path worth traveling is ever without its tests—which we recognize. Along ours, we’ve established a commitment to enabling people to do more and be better, creating solutions to outdoor challenges, and fueling an active and healthy lifestyle. Today, that motivation with which we started all those years ago is very much alive and continues to drive our discipline throughout the company and the Kahtoola brand.