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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

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.

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...

Cypress6 Crampon

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The Hillsound Cypress6 Crampon is a six-point instep cleat perfect for non-technical trekking on snow, ice or glaciers. Utilizing a simple ratchet buckle, the Cypress6 bindings make it easy to take the crampon on and off quickly. There is also an easy-to-use width adjuster making the Cypress winter traction...

Hillsound Cypress 6 Crampons

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Utilizing simple ratchet buckle bindings, the 6-point Cypress 6 is a durable and easy winter traction system compatible with most sturdy footwear. One of the fastest crampons to put on or take off in the field - 5 second one, 1 second off. The ratchet bindings provide comfortable support ensuring a snug...

Hillsound Trail PRO Crampon Traction Device

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10-point crampon for glacier and snow travel.

Kahtoola K10 Hiking Crampons

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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...

C12 Semi-Automatic Crampons - Clearance

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The Camp C12 Semi-Automatic Crampon's automatic heel and universal toe fits a variety of specialty mountaineering boots with welted heels and standard toe. For telemark or A/T boots, use the C12 Auto (31202).

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.

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...

Grivel G12 Crampons with Antibot

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The G12 offers three different binding options. The NEW-CLASSIC is an evolution of the Classic binding. Both front and rear plastic harnesses are hinged from their respective retention posts and may be "opened" to facilitate attachment to the boot, then closed securely once the boot is inside....

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.

Black Diamond Sabretooth Crampons

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Black Diamond's best all-around crampon, the Sabretooth features a lightweight stainless steel design. Equally at home on Denali as climbing in Ouray, the Sabretooth features horizontal frontpoints to provide stability in snow, penetrate alpine ice, run up waterfall ice and hold rock edges securely....

Black Diamond Sabretooth Clip Crampons

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Not only is the Sabretooth Black Diamond's best all-around crampon, but its stainless steel design gives you lighter weight and higher durability than previous incarnations of this crampon, as well as added protection from rusting and snowballing. The heel clip and flexible toe strap accommodate...

Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro Step-In Crampons with ABS Plates

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The all-around Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro Step-In crampons are suitable for everything from glacier climbing to swinging tools on alpine ice.

Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro Crampon

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With 14 vicious fangs that tear up everything from vertical water ice to mixed alpine climbs, the Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro Crampon is the all-around favorite for versatile winter performance. This crampon's stainless steel design features lower weight and higher durability than past incarnations...

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 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.

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...

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 Serac Stainless Steel Crampon (2010)

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The Black Diamond Serac is a versatile 12-point crampon for alpine climbing featuring Black Diamond's 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...

Camp USA C12 Stalker Universal Crampons

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FEATURES of the Camp USA C12 Stalker Universal Crampons Our best-selling crampons Universal bindings fit most mountaineering and hiking boots Easy size adjustment requires no tools Carrying case and Vibram anti-balling plates included Striking new colors coordinate with the traditional Neve ice axe SPECIFICATIONS...

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...
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