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.
CAMP USA XLC 390 Crampon
More...Camp gave the 13.8-ounce XLC 390 Crampon a telemark boot-compatible toe bail to make it the standout choice for ski mountaineering with telemark or AT gear. Clamp these ultralight aluminum Camp crampons on your boots when the going gets steep, the snow gets hard, and your skis need to ride on your pack. The XLC 390 Crampons weight so little you won't even notice you have them on your boots except for the incredible traction.
Grivel Air Tech Crampons
More...Grivel Air Tech Crampons use shortened underfoot points and full-length front points to roll the advantages of 10- and 12-point crampons into one package. When a mountaineering trip takes you across varying terrain, don't be held back by crampons that are too technical or not technical enough. Tool-less length adjustments allow the Air Tech Crampons to be used on several different boots, and fine-tuned heel adjustments (new matic) assure a perfect fit. Grivel also includes Antibott plates to keep snow from balling up under these crampons.
CAMP USA XLC Nanotech Crampon
More...The Camp XLC Nanotech Crampons use an all-aluminum frame for amazingly reduced weight and have steel points for better penetration in hard ice and snow. Although these Camp crampons weight only 16.9 ounces, their performance on hard neve rivals steel crampons. The XLC Nanotech Crampons come in two attachment options to fit either plastic mountaineering boots or your rear-bail spring climbing boots.
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.