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David Lambl

David Lambl

David Lambl

David Lamblwrote a review of on December 15, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The advantage of these crampons is weight - they are much lighter than my metal Grivel G12 crampons. However, my biggest issue is with the fit. I got these to use with my softer hiking boots. My size is US 13 and I couldn't get a tight fit in my heel even for moderately difficult terrain. I actually lost one of them passing through deep snow to Mt. Jefferson without realizing it.

My fully automatic Grivel crampons I use with my mountaineering boots and ski boots have much better fit. Of course they wouldn't go with softer hiking boots. I would recommend automatic crampons for all boots that fit them. If you need to pick the strap crampons, for smaller size boots the fit will be most likely better than with my size 13.

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David Lambl

David Lamblwrote a review of on December 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I used these with the La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX mountaineering boot and my Scarpa ski boot and it fits perfectly. I have the cramp-o-matic version and that's the one I would recommend because of tighter fit than the New-matic.

I use it for easier mountaineering trip and backcountry skiing. For that the crampon fits perfectly and feels very robust. I probably wouldn't use it for vertical ice climbing though and go with something a little bit more aggressive.

Note on size: it fits my size 13 Scarpa Maestrale ski boot with a little bit of room to spare with the regular out-of-the box center metal bar. If you want to use it on very small boots, you will have to flip the center bar over. There is a nob that will make the center bar not fully extend.

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