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Greg_W

Crampon Attachment Preferences

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quote:

Originally posted by mwills:

if you want to buy one crampon i'd vote for the sabertooth. though a bit on the heavy side (34oz), they can be used for everything - moderate/steep ice, snow slogging, mixed. you will see gadd pulling m10
[Eek!]
or some weekend warrior front-pointing
[laf]
up the pearly gates.

 

step-in, new matic, or strap-on - that is up to you. depends on the assortment of boots/shoes you plan to where. if you only wear boots that are step-in compatible, get step-ins. i've never heard of the toe-bail "failing". i've seen crampons attached incorrectly, sized wrong, or bails that didn't match the welt on the boot - but no failures.

After an icestorm in Ames, I'm sure I will see you wearing yours just to walk to the McDonald's! [laf]

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bails that didn't match the welt on the boot - but no failures. this more of a true description of what I was referring to as a failure. I call it failure to design a crampon properly so I pick the design that is better which I already noted.

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These things just look nutty. See the pic in the new BD catalog of Will Gadd hanging upside down on just these goofy spurs??

 

Must be handy for motivating your snafflehound to move faster too...

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The spurs are nothing new to the crampon world. I know the DMM have had them for at least 2-3 years.

 

Something in my clouded memory suggests there were others too.

 

[ 11-08-2002, 10:42 AM: Message edited by: Cpt.Caveman ]

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quote:

Originally posted by thelawgoddess:

you can get spurs for the grivel rambocomps.
[big Grin]

I've got spurs for you, honey...chaps and a Stetson, too! [Eek!][Wink]

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quote:

Originally posted by Greg W:

I've got spurs for you, honey...chaps and a Stetson, too!

yee-haw, gregw! don't forget your saddle, your shit-kicking boots ... and your sharp-shooter! [Moon]

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quote:

Originally posted by thelawgoddess:

quote:

Originally posted by Greg W:

I've got spurs for you, honey...chaps and a Stetson, too!

yee-haw, gregw! don't forget your saddle, your shit-kicking boots ... and your sharp-shooter!
[Moon]
I'm on it...SADDLE UP!!!

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There you go again Ray...

 

I'm a stingy retro kind of guy, and I'm still using my old Salewa's with neoprene straps. Say what you will, they're not very heavy, fit any shoe I own, and they've never come off. Recent reports of lost crampons on Eldorado and Shuksan have made me appreciate that. That said, they're pretty minimal for steep waterfall ice, and messing with straps is unpleasant when its really cold.

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OW those are actually great crampons. I dont suggest not looking at them. I dont have them because I am a shitty climber with poor technique.

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I use both the aluminum and steel Stubais. The aluminum with the strap-on bindings (because you can then use the ultra light crampon with very light boots). I use the heel clamp combined with plastic toe strap binding on the steel crampons. These hurt my heels until I learned not to make the safety strap too tight. I like both crampons, but agree with the comment that the buckle on the strap (both bindings) is too flimsy. When mine was bent it stoped working, but it was no problem to put a cuple of half hitches in the strap to keep it from coming loose. If I ever get around to it I'll get some of the straps (used on most other brands) that have the buckles made of two simple steel rings. I like the Stubai crampons a lot. I would say that boots are a much more important variable than crampons!

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Thanks for all the input, guys. Gotta send out some props to Todd and crew at Feathered Friends who let us in Saturday evening after they were closed to pick up a pair of Sabertooths clips. Thanks, guys [big Drink] Bad news is the wife bought them as a Christmas present and now she's hidden them [Mad]

 

Greg W

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Anyone know if you can convert a pair of Charlet Moser crampons that have straps to step in or semi-automatic crampons? I got a pair real cheep but would prefer to not have to hassle with the straps.

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Here's one, my son has a pair of Grivel G-10's that his shoe size has now outgrown the max adjustment. Will the G-12 adjustment bar work in the G-10's? For as little as he climbs snow right now, I do not want to buy a new pair.

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Buy new ones for yourself, make him use your old ones. Voila! Feed the rat and justify it at the same time.

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Couple of seasons ago??!?! Are you insane, man!! Surely your wife has been informed of the potential failure of crampons due to micro-fractures that develop over time while using them on the bullet-proof styrofoam snow and crystallized mud of the cascades? If not you should absolutely point to this groundbreaking research and increase your gear budget accordingly.

 

If not, I have a pair of scottish (strapon) style crampons I'd part with for pretty cheap.

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My gear budget has been side tracked with child development cost. I'm lucky if I can afford tied together chunks of 3 strand poly rope and used glad bags for rain gear.

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Not me---this sorry climber gives a vote of satisfaction to step-in sabertooths. Another good deal found on eBay last year. [smile]

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