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I'm looking for cheap, beginner crampons...

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I'm looking for cheap, beginner crampons for ice climbing..Would these work, or are they only for walking?

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You could use these for ice climbing, but they wouldn't be very good. Kind of like you could use a spoon as a shovel. When you're learning how to ice climb, it's nice to have good equipment. Very quickly you'd wish that you had something more taylor made for ice climbing. Spend the extra $50 and get something with vertical front points. I particularly like the Black Diamond cyborg, but Petzl has a couple of good models as well.

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Totally Agree! I initially tried ice climbing (vertical ice) using a pair of general mountaineering crampons, and while they worked, they didn't / don't work as well as a crampon with vertical frontpoints.