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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.

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

Hillsound Trail PRO Crampon Traction Device

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10-point crampon for glacier and snow travel.

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.

Ultralight - Universal Crampons

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STUBAI ULTRALIGHT UNIVERSAL CRAMPONS: Built to handle a myriad of different climbing pursuits, the Ultralight Universal is our best selling crampon. This crampon lives for trekking, glacier travel, or steep couloirs and snowfields. Totally adjustable Zytel straps make this crampon durable and easy to...

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...

Tirol Pro Crampons

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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.

Tirol Combi Crampons

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Essentially the "Scottish-Toe" version of the Tirol Pro, the Combi is designed to accommodate any semi-ridged boot. The toe is constructed using unique Zytel plastic, which won't freeze or crack in cold environments. Ideal for general mountaineering purposes.

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.

PETZL Irvis Crampons

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The Irvis Crampons from Petzl are 10-point crampons which deliver good holding power for ski touring and glacier travel.

PETZL Dart Crampons Front Point Replacement

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When you wear out the point of your Petzl Dart Crampons, you can replace the front section with these Dart Front Point Replacement Points.

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.

PETZL Vasak Mountaineering Crampons

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The Petzl Vasak Crampons are classic mountaineering crampons for walking on 10 points designed for optimal stability.

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 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 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...

Petzl Sarken Crampons

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Technical mountaineering crampon (new version has been modified to improve the durability). The SARKEN is the crampon for anybody headed out into variable, mixed terrain. The 4x4 of crampons. The "T" shaped front points are designed for excellent penetration in hard ice and stable front pointing...

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.

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.

PETZL Sarken LLF Crampons

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The new 2008-2009 Petzl Sarken LLF Crampons are built for technical mountaineering and versatility on variable, mixed terrain. The 4x4 of crampons. This 12-point crampon features T-shaped front points are designed for excellent penetration in hard ice and stable front pointing on mixed terrain while...

Grivel G10 Crampon

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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 SPECIFICATIONS of the Grivel G10 Crampon Weight: 28.9 oz Boot size: 35-46 Made from: Chromolly steel

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...

Camp USA Frost Crampons

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FEATURES of the Camp USA Frost Crampons 6-point steel crampon Easy adjust binding system with 2 ratchets Double-width adjustment fits a large range of shoes and boots Anti-balling plates and carrying case included SPECIFICATIONS of the Camp USA Frost Crampons Weight: 19.5 oz / 554 g Points: 6 Frame Material:...

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...
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