A crampon is a fraction device that is attached to the footwear to improve mobility on snow and ice during ice climbing. Crampons are not only used for ice climbing but are also used for travelling in snow and ice while crossing snowfields, scaling ice-covered rock, etc. By the introduction of advanced technologies, lightweight crampons are specially designed for easy pacing through the dense snow covered areas. Check on some of the tips to choose a crampon.
If we want to walk through snow or glaciers, flexible crampon can be useful. They are specially designed to bend the boots to make walking comfortable. If you want to do more hiking rather than simple technical climbing, flexible crampons can be the right choice. Most of the climbing boots are mostly rigid but are flexible to some extent only.
Rigid crampons are commonly used to walk on vertical ice or to climb on ice rocks. They mostly work well for climbing mountains and highlands. But these crampons will add more strain to walking because of its stiffness. Rigid crampons are specially manufactured to have a stable platform while walking by reducing fatigue.
The attachment system must be in accordance with the boot. Boots that do not contain welts are lighter. Three methods bind crampon to the boots namely step-in, hybrid, straps.
Step-in is the most comfortable, accurate and quickest attachment system. A wire toenail is attached to the boot’s toe welt. Similarly, a heel cable is attached to the heel welt. The crampon is designed in such a way that an ankle strap pulls the system down and supports the heel lever to stand strong. We have to make sure the crampon and boots cope up with each other. We can find step-in attachments inflexible and rigid crampons as this system renders stability in walking.
This is a complicated system where a belt is folded around the ankle and foot giving protection to the crampon. Straps are suitable for all kinds of boots but are less authentic when compared to step-in. Belts tend to lose their quality over time, and one finds it difficult to wear them when he/she is wearing gloves or having cold hands. Straps are mostly found in flexible crampons. They are not found in high-performance models.
Point’s shapes and numbers vary differently. Crampons have 12 points which include ten underfoot and two front points that are either horizontal or vertical. There are other 10 point crampons which are specially designed for travelling on snow or climbing a mountain. These are not suitable for actual climbing because it is short and does not last time over time. We must take serious consideration of the shape and nature of crampon front points.
Vertical front points are rigid and sharp, and they sometimes resemble the activity of an ice-tool pick. Vertical points are more accurate than horizontal points. Vertically oriented front points are mostly found in mono-point and dual-point models.