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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

Crampon Balling

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.

BestDealUSA Cool Over Shoe Studded Snow Grips Ice Grips Anti Slip Snow Shoes Crampons

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Takes only seconds to put on and take off Stretch-on traction footgear for ice and snow Size :L (Large ) compatible with US WOMEN:10-13 US MEN:8-11 EUR:42-45 UK: 6-11 JP:26-29CM Instuctions: 1. Carefully fasten the grabbers to your shoes, starting with the large sizes are required if wearing over...

Two LW ice snow crampons stainless steel (2 pack) skiing hiking walking climbing

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Two LW ice snow crampons stainless steel (2 pack) skiing hiking walking climbing

FreeSteps6 Crampon

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From icy city pavements to slippery river beds, the Hillsound FreeSteps6 Crampon offer durable, ultra-light traction performance to those needing a simple anti-slip aid for outdoor activities. Utilizing high-quality stainless steel chains and spikes, the new FreeSteps6 is a solid choice to support your...

Trail Crampon

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The Hillsound Trail Crampon is a necessity for added traction when out hiking on the local trails or deep in the backcountry. Tested on the trails of the Himalayas, the Hillsound Trail Crampon is guaranteed to handle diverse winter terrain and weather conditions. Utilizing an ergonomic plate system,...

Dynafit Crampons

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The SPECS Weight: 105 g

Hillsound Trail PRO Crampon Traction Device

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10-point crampon for glacier and snow travel.

Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon

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For general mountaineering, icy bootpacks, or mountain treks that include snow or glacier travel, the Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon gives you durable, lightweight dependability. Black Diamond designed the Contact with stainless steel for low weight and to ward off rusting.

Ultralight Pro Crampons

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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...

Ultralight Combi Crampons

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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.

Black Diamond Neve Pro Crampons w/ABS

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Whether you're booting up snowy couloirs or making a quick glacier crossing, the Black Diamond Neve Pro Crampon cuts weight without sacrificing performance. When steel crampons are too much, this 10-point crampon's aluminum construction trims ounces, while its included ABS plates keep snow...

Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampons with ABS Plates

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Compact and easy to use, the 10-point Black Diamond Contact strap-on crampons are optimized for general mountaineering, backcountry skiing and glacier walking.

C.A.M.P. USA Universal XLC 490 Aluminum Crampons

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Glacier travelers take note, C.A.M.P. USA Universal XLC 490 aluminum crampons offer serious performance without the weight.

Black Diamond Cyborg Clip Crampons

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The Black Diamond Cyborg Clip Crampons' movable front points give you the versatility to handle anything from WI6 pillars to M10 roofs to three-day alpine routes. This technical crampon's adjustable, hooded front points are backed up by aggressive secondary points for added stability on steep...

Black Diamond Cyborg Pro Crampons

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Designed for technical ice routes and steep mixed climbing, the Black Diamond Cyborg Pro Crampons feature a lightweight stainless steel design that enhances durability and protects against rusting and snowballing.

Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons with Antibott Device

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These classic 12-point crampons are designed for general mountaineering, mixed climbing and moderate ice climbing.

Petzl Sarken Leverlock Crampons

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Updated with structural reinforcements and a new heat-treatment process to improve strength and durability, the Petzl Sarken Leverlock crampons are ideal for adventures in mixed terrain.

Black Diamond Cyborg Pro Crampons

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The Black Diamond Cyborg is a high-end ice and mixed climbing crampon with a lightweight stainless steel design. Optimized for steep waterfall ice, mixed climbing or hard mountain routes, the Cyborg's semi-rigid design offers maximum control for precise placement with minimal weight. Used in mono-...

Black Diamond Cyborg Clip Crampon, Polished

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From vertical ice routes in Switzerland to hard alpine mixed routes in the Canadian Rockies, the Black Diamond cyborg crampon is Black Diamond high-end ice and mixed climbing crampon. Built with a semi-rigid stainless steel construction, the cyborg's versatile design can be converted from dual-...

Black Diamond Stinger Crampons

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Designed to tackle serious ice and mixed lines on winter crags and alpine faces the world over, the Black Diamond Stinger is its lightweight stainless steel crampon with a replaceable monopoint. An asymmetrical design fits the contours of modern mountain boots, and thin, low-profile heel and toe wires...

Black Diamond Contact Crampons

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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...

Camp USA XLC 490 Hyperlight Crampons

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The lightest 12-point strap-on crampons in the world! Perfect for glacier travel and general mountaineering. Thermoplastic heel and toe harnesses wrap around nearly any hiking and classic mountaineering boot and are secured by strong nylon straps. While sturdy, aluminum crampons are not suitable for...

Black Diamond Serac Stainless Steel Crampon (2010)

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The Black Diamond Serac is a versatile 12-point crampon for alpine climbing featuring our lightweight stainless steel design. Designed for moderate technical terrain,the Serac has strong frontpoints that climb steep snow efficiently and penetrate ice with ease. The substantial secondary points are optimized...
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