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.
Ultralight Combi Crampons
The Combi benefits from a Zytel plastic "Scottish-Toe," making this crampon compatible with any semi-ridged boot. Adjusts quickly and easily for different sized boots or multiple users.
Ultralight Pro Crampons
When you're ferrying loads at 8000 meters, every ounce can feel like a ton. The Pro was conceived with the lofty goal of providing high altitude mountaineers with a crampon alternative that is both lightweight and technically advanced. The final result is an aluminum crampon, which according to many of our Athletes, is "the best crampon of its kind."
Black Diamond Contact Crampons
Designed for ice and snow travel, the lightweight Black Diamond Contact crampon is ideal for mountaineers, skiers and hikers. Its stainless steel construction won't rust and avoids environmentally toxic coatings that wear off in the mountains. The compact, 10-point design offers easy walking, while the fast-adjust attachment system accommodates almost any footwear. ABS plates included.
Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons
These classic 12-point crampons are designed for general mountaineering, mixed climbing and moderate ice climbing.
Petzl Vasak Leverlock Crampon One Size
FEATURES of the Petzl Vasak Leverlock Crampon Thinner frame reduces weight Available with Leverlock Universel or Flexlock bindings, in order to attach to all types of boots Antisnow system, included with crampons, limits snow buildup in any snow conditions
Petzl Irvis Leverlock Crampon
FEATURES of the Petzl Irvis Leverlock Crampon Crampons are lightweight, thanks to a thinner frame, and compact for easy transport Available with Leverlock Universel or Flexlock bindings, in order to attach to all types of boots Two wide front points ensure solid purchase in snow Antisnow system, included with crampons, limits snow buildup in any snow conditions
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...
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...
FEATURES of the Dynafit Crampons Attaches to bindings quickly and easily Extra grip and security in icy conditions
Petzl Vasak Flexlock Crampon
FEATURES of the Petzl Vasak Flexlock Crampon Thinner frame reduces weight Available with Leverlock Universel or Flexlock bindings, in order to attach to all types of boots Antisnow system, included with crampons, limits snow buildup in any snow conditions
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...
Camp USA XLC 490 Universal Crampon
FEATURES of the Camp USA XLC 490 Universal Crampon 3-D pressed frame maximizes strength and performance Universal bindings fit most mountaineering and hiking boots Tool-free size adjustment CC4U wear indicators on the side points show when it is time for replacement Optional Vibram anti-balling plates (18106 - sold separately)