JHH60 wrote:I have a pair of Grivel G14 crampomatics that I bought for WI climbing with my LS Nepal Evos. I'd used them a couple times before and liked them, but two weeks ago I spent several days at Lee Vining Canyon, focussing on my footwork and efficiency on WI. One thing I noticed is that the G14 front points stick out in front of the boot significantly less than some other crampons (e.g., Petzl Sarkens, or even BD Sabretooth alpine crampons). The angle of the G14 points and the position of the secondary points, at least when they are on the Nepals, require me to drop my heels quite a lot to get a secure stance compared to some other crampons I borrowed for comparison. I know the toe bail is movable, and moved the bail back to the rear holes, which helps a little.
Have other people run into this issue with Nepals and G14s? Is it simply a matter of "they're designed to work that way, improve your technique and they'll be great" or do others prefer crampons with more prominent front points on the Nepals?
Brad Marshall wrote:I believe the G14s are actually an alpine crampon designed to keep your foot closer to the ice.
JHH60 wrote:Grivel markets them as suitable for alpine, water ice, and mixed, but less WI-specific than the Rambos. I was hoping to use them for relatively technical alpine ice and WI. have a pair of G12s which I like a lot, so decided to try the G14s.
welle wrote:JHH60 wrote:Grivel markets them as suitable for alpine, water ice, and mixed, but less WI-specific than the Rambos. I was hoping to use them for relatively technical alpine ice and WI. have a pair of G12s which I like a lot, so decided to try the G14s.
If you already owned G12s, I would've gotten Rambos to complement. I know many people who climb up to even WI4 in G12s. Rambos are a pleasure in pure WI and mixed.
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