Ice Climbing Crampons
A crampon is a device used for ice climbing or mountaineering over ice or steep snow fields. They are made to fit special ice climbing boots or welted mountaineering boots for attaching. Crampons can be made of a steel or aluminum frame with 12 to 14 points designed to stick into the ice or packed snow. The points are angled in such a way to give the best grip on the ice. For ice climbing, the front row of points angle slightly downward. The next row are angled slightly forward, toward the toe. This provides the climber the best angles for front pointing. However, if the use of the crampons is for mountaineering, the points are straight down. This provides better traction for traversing packed snow and the type of terrain encountered in mountaineering. Crampons designed for mountaineering, snow and glacier are not good for ice climbing for this reason.
Types of Crampons
- Rigid crampons. A rigid crampon is best for ice climbing. The rigid frame is better for front pointing, an essential technique for ice climbing. Front pointing is an ice climbing technique used to stick the crampon and climb an ice face. The points of the crampon face forward in two rows at the toe of the boot.
- Hinged crampons. Hinged crampons bend in the same way a shoe bends while walking. This is the preferred type of crampon for mountaineering and traversing relatively level frozen and icy terrain.
This is a situation that occurs when snow is packed and freezes at the toe or around the points of the crampon. It is a problem because it prevents the crampon's points from sticking into the ice far enough to get a good grip. The ice climber must use the ice tool to knock off the loose snow has he climbs to prevent accumulation. Many crampons have shaped slabs made of flexible plastic called anti-balling plates. The plastic is a hydrophobic material that prevents snow and ice from sticking.
Crampons for Sale
Hillsound Trail PRO Crampon Traction Device
10-point crampon for glacier and snow travel.
Tirol Pro Crampons
Sale Price: $101.21
The Tirol Pro is a remarkable steel crampon with a passion for steep ice and mixed terrain. Bombproof steel construction combined with the ease of a step-in binding will make everyone on your next expedition happy. Adjusts to fit any size imaginable.
Grivel G10 Crampon
FEATURES of the Grivel G10 Crampon A light-weight, universal crampon Fully adjustable by hand, without tools and one size fits all G10 folds easily for transportation
C.A.M.P. USA Universal XLC 490 Aluminum Crampons
Glacier travelers take note, C.A.M.P. USA Universal XLC 490 aluminum crampons offer serious performance without the weight.
Grivel Air Tech Light New-Matic Crampon
The SPECS N Points: 102 Material: Light alloy 3D Stamp: Yes Front Points: 2 Rigid/Semirigid: Semi-rigid Asymetric: Yes Weight: 16.79 oz. Boot Size: 35-46 Binding System: New-Matic Antibott: Included
Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons
These classic 12-point crampons are designed for general mountaineering, mixed climbing and moderate ice climbing.
Petzl Sarken Leverlock Crampon
FEATURES of the Petzl Sarken Leverlock Crampon Technical crampons T-shaped front points are designed for excellent penetration of hard ice and comfort on mixed terrain Leverlock Universel bindings Antisnow system, included with crampons, limits snow buildup in any snow conditions
GRIVEL Haute Route Ski-Matic Crampons
Created for ski touring, these crampons consider the activity's technical needs as well as a simple, lightweight design that's best for storage and transport. �_oBomb-proof�__ construction adapting to modern touring boots places six steel points with a Flex regulation bar in front and four points made out of a light alloy at the rear. Along with these basics, this set mounts Antibott...
Black Diamond Contact
DECENT FEATURES of the Black Diamond Contact Distinctive stainless steel construction is lightweight, durable, resists snow balling and won't rust Strap version's flexible toe strap fits most footwear for easier glacier or snow travel Clip version has a low-profile micro-adjust heel bail and toe strap for a more precise fit on technical boots with a heel welt Equipped with Flex Center Bars...
Petzl Crab 6 Instep Crampon
The SPECS Weight: 400 g Wrench needed for width adjustment 3-year guarantee
Black Diamond Snaggletooth Pro Crampons
Originally conceived by Black Diamond athlete and metalworker Whit Magro, the Black Diamond Snaggletooth Crampon is a horizontal monopoint designed for big alpine routes where crux mixed pitches demand technical precision, but long approach slopes and snowy summit ridges require increased stability. A small secondary frontpoint offers additional stability and bite on both steep ice and low-angle neve....
Canfield Brothers - Crampon Ultimate Pedals
The Crampon Ultimate pedal is engineered for maximum grip, minimal weight, ultimate efficiency and the most impact clearance on the market. Evolved through more than seven years of development and testing, the Crampon earned its stripes on the World Cup circuit, but the combination of traction, lightweight and efficiency makes it the perfect pedal whether you're earning your turns on an all-day...
Black Diamond Sabretooth Clip Crampons
From moderate local ice flows to classic mountaineering routes and technical alpine faces, the Black Diamond Sabretooth Crampon is BD's best all-around crampon for the spectrum of frozen objectives. The Sabretooth's redesigned stainless steel construction incorporates a strong, yet light design with durable horizontal front points and increased rocker in the front rail to accommodate modern...