Frankly I have trouble believing this. Most days on Cardigan, on any trail with the possible exception of Holt [which certainly exceeds sixty degrees in a few spots], I get by fine with construction boots and MicroSpikes (though I will carry an axe if I suspect the summit dome is icy, and carry real crampons in reserve). What route on Cardigan were you on? What was the problem with your crampons and why do you blame the flexibility of your boots? What kind of boots? What were the snow/ice conditions like? Were your guides encouraging you to use techniques that were not appropriate for the conditions/terrain? (Front-pointing in flexible boots is difficult, but it should not be necessary on Cardigan.)
Based on your description of your desired routes, the BD Contact is a good choice of crampon, and you probably do need stiffer boots to get the most out of them, but unless conditions were really unusual, or you were wearing rubber boots, there's more to your story.
crazybrit wrote:@ luzak00
I'm sure plastic boots have the stiffness & warmth, but i'm hesitant for their suitability (relative comfort) for walking on the flat or shallow grades, especially for many miles.
crazybrit wrote:Thanks for all the responses!
I'm going to pull the trigger on a set of Lowa Mountain Expert GTX, from the plethora of reviews i've read, they seem to come highly recommended, and seem to be the 'all-rounder' that i'm looking for right now. Inside my budget, and red
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