Wastral wrote:As for your crampon problem, your problem resides in the rigid crampon. From what you have described there is NO reason to have a rigid crampon on your foot. If you really want the rigid crampon option, as others have said get a crampon with a flexible bar one can take out for a rigid one for anything OTHER THAN 50 degree plus ice. There is no real reason for a rigid crampon under 50 degree ice. Add in such sections even of 60 degrees are VERY short and the "need" for rigid in the alpine environment except in extreme situations never dictates rigid crampons to begin with. Unless you are purposefully searching out bullet hard ice col's. =)
Actually, I got spring-steel flex bars, and from walking on turf (what I have now as a snow substitute), the crampons seem to work pretty well, even on softer boots. I've found that I can strap them pretty securely, even without the ankle wrap, so they even hug trail runners (a variety with beefier soles).
I often use aluminum crampons in milder conditions... and for a long time, manufacturers would say that you couldn't use steel flex bars with Al crampons, as it would erode the Al quickly. This led to the irony that you would have to use very light crampons with heavier boots, so... But then manufacturers of Al crampons started offering them with steel flex bars just this year.
I had (still have in a drawer!) articulated crampons from 1969. I wore those with all manner of softer boots. That's what folks used to wear... but nowadays everyone seems to want to recommend extreme hardware.
Thanks for another vote for what seemed like common sense at one time!
HOWEVER, it is nice to have boots that allow one to boulder hop without rolling an ankle, or that will allow one to direct the force of a kick to the front points, or even allow effective kick-steps. To those ends, I still prefer stiffer-soled boots.