I've used BD Contact straps with Driver Xs but find snowboard boots and crampons a bit scary for me. Mountaineering boots or ski boots just seem to fit better so you'll have to adjust your expectations a bit for how the softboots fit.
Joined: Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:16 pm Posts: 84 Location: crested butte
Matt Wood wrote:
I wear the synapse boot and Petzl Vassiks were the best fit I found.
That's what I have, only used them once, and it wasn't as secure as I would have liked. But I'm going to chalk that up to being the first time using crampons and not sinching them up tight enough. The friend that recommended them to me seems to have gotten the hang of it though and has used them on many trips. He has Malamutes size 10.
MAKE SURE YOU GET THE FLEXLOCK ATTACHMENT TYPE. The first pair I ordered was one of the leverwire or leverlock, which does not work with snowboard boots.
Either way, if you haven't used crampons before I'd go practice somewhere before you have a huge pack on your back.
Joined: Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:11 pm Posts: 44 Location: Seattle, WA
I used CAMP XLC 490 aluminum crampons on my sz10 Malamutes. They worked well for a light weight setup.
Save a pound! If you can fit an aluminum camp crampon and don't will remove them for extended rock sections then do it. I don't know why on earth you would want to go "mixed trekking" anyway
I also have 12 point petzls for malamutes and they are a great crampon, but far heavier and overkill for what *most* snowboard mountaineers would want to do. The front points are aggressive and narrow, second points are pretty close, they have been excellent for my normal mountaineering on 60 degree glacier ice. You can use a shorter and wider front point for the softer snow you would want to be riding. Due to the weight I only bring them when I absolutely know they are required, which sometimes means that things get sketchy.
I have BD contact straps and they are quite bad on 2012 size 26 Malamutes. They do however fit well on my older 2006 Malamutes, same size. The difference is actually quite big, I could do easy ice-climbing with the old boots (proper near vertical with tech axes and rope), but on the newer boots they slip off in moderate snow. Maybe the sole is a bit softer on the newer ones or something
I know ice-climbing is not suggested to be done with flat front points..