mconnell wrote:I've climbed 70 degree water ice with strap-on crampons on rigid mountaineering boots (using 2 65cm mountaineering axes for tools). Works fine although I wouldn't do a big climb with it. I've also used them on everything from trail runners on up on lower angle slopes (up to about 35 degrees with trail runners, 50 degrees on leather hiking boots).
My opinions is that they work almost as well as any other crampons if they are fitted correctly. The main issue is that that take too damn long to put on.
brenta wrote:Grivel, Petzl, CAMP, BD, Stubai: they all make good crampons.
JonnyAces7 wrote:Thanks for the replies. Good info. Last year I had my current boots in about 0 degrees with some snow (-30 with windchill) on mt washington so I think temperature wise I should be good. Stability and comfort are probably my biggest concerns. Not planning any steep ice this year, just general mountaineering. Hopefully will be doing Rainier next summer though.
So, how do people feel about the lightweight material? As of now, I am leaning towards the BD Seracs which are stainless steel but I noticed some Stubai's on Ebay for about half the cost. Unfortunantly, since I am a noob, I really do not have the slightest who makes good quality crampons.
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