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 Post subject: Crampons For Malamutes
PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 12:07 pm 
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Looking for crampon suggestions for malamutes sz 44, standard route cascade volcano use.
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 Post subject: Re: Crampons For Malamutes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:23 am 
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I think the general consensus is on Grivel G10 wide crampons. A quick search should get you a handful of threads about softboots and crampons.
http://www.grivel.com/products/ice/crampons/4-g10_wide

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.

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 Post subject: Re: Crampons For Malamutes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:37 pm 
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I wear 29.5/11.5 and use a standard grivel g10 no problem. Best of luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Crampons For Malamutes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:00 pm 
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Thanks for the info.


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 Post subject: Re: Crampons For Malamutes
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:49 am 
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I wear the synapse boot and Petzl Vassiks were the best fit I found. :twocents:


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 Post subject: Re: Crampons For Malamutes
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:37 pm 
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Matt Wood wrote:
I wear the synapse boot and Petzl Vassiks were the best fit I found. :twocents:


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.


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 Post subject: Re: Crampons For Malamutes
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 5:43 am 
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^ Yeah they need to be tight, but once they are your solid. I usually do some kicking and stomping after I put them on and then sinch them up again.


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 Post subject: Re: Crampons For Malamutes
PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:23 am 
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I used CAMP XLC 490 aluminum crampons on my sz10 Malamutes. They worked well for a light weight setup.


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 Post subject: Re: Crampons For Malamutes
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:49 pm 
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MountainDog wrote:
I used CAMP XLC 490 aluminum crampons on my sz10 Malamutes. They worked well for a light weight setup.


Save a pound! :thumpsup:
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 :scratch:

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.

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 Post subject: Re: Crampons For Malamutes
PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:30 pm 
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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..


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