Get steel performance at aluminum weight.
- Steel tips let you use these crampons in places where other aluminum types will not work
- Fits on crampon-compatible mountaineering boots and ski boots
- Available in step-in and semi-auto designs
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Do these need anti-balling plates?
Do these need anti-balling plates?
If you are using them in an area that tends to have wet or sticky snow you might want some form of anti balling plate on them.
I am a mountain guide, so I own alot of crampons, and each one has a use...these are the ones I bring along for neve (hard/firm snow) or when I don't think I will really need some. Great for this as they are so light and with the steel tips, you can actually get them to bite in when you really need to climb. If you are doing some all day walking in firm to icey conditions, go with a real crampon!
Perfect long Distance moderate ice crampon
I have a friend that climbed a 6 pitch, WI3 route in these. I tried them and loved them. They are great for general mountaineering as well as long as you dont anticipate excessive walking on rocks. On long distance routes where weight is pinnacle, on moderate ice routes where you are carrying 60 pounds already, these are Perfect. The steel front points penetrate well and the aluminum last surprsingly well. CAMP makes first rate products.
Nanotechs on the Summit Ridge of Finsteraarhorn
Dan tackles a bit of scrambling on the mixed summit ridge of Finsteraarhorn in the Berner Alps. These crampons are super light and fit really snug on ski boots, but have the added bonus of stronger steel points for those (all too often) times when getting after some rocks is part of the ascent. My regular XLC crampons are just a bit too soft for extended mixed climbing like this...
Would these work for mountains like Denile,...
Would these work for mountains like Denile, Rainier and timponogus???
I've seen a lot of aluminum crampons on Rainier among the guides. The "rule" seems to be, if you have solid footwork and aren't going to do a lot of scrambling around with your feet, and aren't going to spend a lot of time in scree, aluminum "should" be fine. YMMV
Vasque Radiator has an odd sized front toe...
Vasque Radiator has an odd sized front toe welt. My BD and Petzl crampons don't fit, as they're too narrow. My CAMP Vector also do not fit. [another site] says if you have tele boots use the automatic in this crampon, so it implies that the bail is wider. Is that true? Will it fit the Radiator?
I am unfamiliar with Vasque Radiator, but CAMP's crampon design tends to be wider than, say, Grivel or Petzl. Another crampon that is lightweight and wide is the Tour 350. It is, however, an aluminum crampon that is designed for snow/neve, and is likely to take less abuse than the xlc nanotech
Light and Fast
Definetly light, but not the most well thought out or highest quality. Everyone else uses an allen head bolt or hex head, this uses a flat blade head bolt threaded directly to the crampon, obviously for the weight. Its almost impossible not to start stripping the flat head though while installing, be carful! Anti-bot plates are very difficult to install, don't do it on the field! They are also heavier than they should be for super light crampons. The price is way to high (although they are cheaper at BC) for the quality of the crampon.
What type should you order for hiking...
What type should you order for hiking boots?
The ones pictured. The Automatic, will work just fine.
Wait, are the names of the pictures wrong? I thought "automatic" usually referred to step-in (i.e., with toe bail wire). The specs have it the way I would expect.
Maureen, for hiking boots you'll need the semi-automatic - there is a plastic strap in the front that will accept the front of the boot. Make sure your boots have a heel counter - a small, flat edge at the heel to accommodate the locking system at the back of the crampon. Otherwise, the crampons will not stay on well enough for snow/neve travel on horizontal surface, let alone on steep terrain
Can the "universal binding" version be...
Can the "universal binding" version be used with trail runners and lightweight hiking boots?
Yes, the "universal" version will work with lightweight hikers or trail shoes.
Do you have the AUTOMATIC ?
Do you have the AUTOMATIC ?
Yes, the "select option" drop down displays all versions available.