Crampons vary based on material (steel, stainless steel or aluminum), number of points, and the binding system. Selecting the right crampon depends on your intended use: hiking and snow travel, general mountaineering or technical climbing.
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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 the fast-adjust attachment system accommodates almost any footwear. ABS plates included.
A perfect general mountaineering crampon that will work well not only with mountaineering boots but ski boots and overboots as well. These crampons have been a stand-by for Whittaker Mountaineering for many years. They will translate well from Mt. Rainier to other mountaineering pursuits.read less
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…read more
This is the best all around, general mountaineering crampon. I've worn these all over the world. These are great for climbers of every level, a simple binding system that works with a wide range of boots and moderately aggressive front point, perfect for glacier walking.
Leather Boots: Typically, if your boot is larger than a size US 12, you'll need a long bar.
Plastic Boots: Typically, if your boot is larger than a size US 10, you'll need a long bar.
I rented these crampons from RMI when I climbed Rainier (twice) and was impressed both the quality of the materials and workmanship as well as their performance on snow/ice and rock.
Use Situation: Climbing Mt Rainier
These crampons stayed tight and center to the front of my boots better then my previous pair. I'm also impressed with the price.
Use Situation: I used them on rock & glacier to summit Mt. Rainier.
I rated these crampons excellent because they are, however, one small detail you should know before you buy...I wear a 12 1/2 mountaineering boot. I had to knotch both sides of my boots in order to make room for the small "side-knubb" on the crampons, at the heal. Appearently this knubb is for lateral movement stabalization of the crampon which is very necessary, it just needs to be 1/4 inch wider on each side to fit the larger sizes.
we bought a pair for my husband and myself and was very pleased. they never came off or sliped, very easy and fast to put on, fit on all our boots well, very light weight but held up well on ice, pumice and rock. I really found the "guide picks" very helpful.Thanks for the free shiping and excelent service.
Good, solid bite in the snow and ice with this crampon. No slipping of the strap and fairly easy to put on compared to other, older models I've had. No wear at all on the first Rainier 4 day hike I did up the tougher, icy Kautz route.
This is the third pair I have purchased. Not because they have failed or worn out but because I needed more 'pons for my kids. My pair and theirs have done great on the easy glacier/hard snow walks we have taken them on. We aren't ice climbers and these obviously aren't for that but on things like Mt. Adams they are perfect. My 9 and 11 year old are able to put their own on and, being stainless, they don't require as much maintenance. Whittaker had the lowest price and they are semi-local so it was an easy choice.
I just used these on the Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. They were easy to put on/remove and were very stable. I used them on a pair of North Face insulated boots they were very flexible (basically insulated hiking boots) and the straps never came loose.
Great price, fast shipping, and perfect condition. The crampons came as advertised and make a great fit on my winter boots.
These are great, very simple and easy to put on and take off. They stay tight, no loosening. I bought strap-on crampons so I could use them with softer, lighter boots on snow climbs. However, I'm not sure I like this setup as well and I might go back to using my stiffer boots and quick release crampons.
i bought these because of all the snow still in the high country north cascades in june and july and didn't want to haul my mountaineering boots with me just to cross a pass. these are now my preferred crampons now and just used them a couple of days ago to go up mount buckner and logan. these are light enough to always carry in my pack and versitle enough to be able to use with any footwear. i like that i can use my hiking boots with them so i don't have to use boots with welts for climbing in july and august. also related to this purchase, whittaker mountaineering got my order to me super fast, within 3 days and didn't charge me for shipping.
On the standard routes of Rainier, McKinley, Aconcagua, and Everest steel or stainless steel crampons are best. Although aluminum crampons are appealing because of their lighter weight, they lack durability and do not handle rock and ice well. Select a crampon with 10-12 points for these types of climbs. These crampons will have a strap-on or hybrid (clip) binding system.
Guide Tip: Guide Tip Climbers with bigger feet, size 11 boots or larger, should go with 12-point crampons. The 12-point crampon has a longer toe-piece, allowing for more even distribution of contact points throughout the sole of the boot and providing more length in the front points. Bigger boots will require longer, extended bars, which are available for most crampons.