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 Post subject: Best crampons for Burton Driver X: Size 11/Ice Ax?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:46 pm 
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Looking to get a pair of crampons that don't continually slip off my heal on my Burton Drivers, any suggestions?

I am also looking for an ice ax, I am 6'2" so ideally the longer ones do best. I won't be doing a ton of split mountaineering but need gear good enough to navigate up and down tight couliors that are ice early morning in the spring.

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Best crampons for Burton Driver X: Size 11/Ice Ax?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:25 pm 
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Location: GARDA LAKE ITALY near dolomiti!!
Hi i have a Grivel g 10 wide and work very well!


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 Post subject: Re: Best crampons for Burton Driver X: Size 11/Ice Ax?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:45 pm 
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I ran Driver X's for a while, same size, and close to your height. I used Stubai ultralights just fine with those boots. On the other hand, BD Neve Pro's were a bit too narrow.

As for the axe, I'm using a BD Raven Pro, and ~60 cm for the length does the trick for me. Shorter than a regular mountaineering "glacier travel" axe, and longer than a dedicated ice climbing tool; for me it's the right length for that in-between usage that is spring couloir chuting!


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 Post subject: Re: Best crampons for Burton Driver X: Size 11/Ice Ax?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:22 pm 
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+1 Grivel g10 wide


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 Post subject: Re: Best crampons for Burton Driver X: Size 11/Ice Ax?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:11 am 
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Get one of these axes:

http://www.backcountry.com/camp-usa-cor ... ch-ice-axe
http://www.backcountry.com/camp-usa-corsa-ice-axe

Wait for them to go on sale and then scoop one up. The Corsa is almost half the weight of the Raven Pro and only $20 more. I also like the Camp XLC 490 crampons as well to go with it. I've been using a Raven and the steel crampons for a while and like them, but a friend has the CAMP gear and I've seen/used the stuff in snow and I'm sold. With the CAMP stuff I'll cut a pound off my weight and I know that the aluminum will be fine for what I'm doing. A pound is huge for something that mostly either gets brought and not used or used for a very small amount of time.


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 Post subject: Re: Best crampons for Burton Driver X: Size 11/Ice Ax?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:28 am 
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I coulda sworn some folks had posted about issues with the CAMP crampons sometimes slipping off with softboots, but I could be totally making that up. YMMV. I know that with Stubai, the attachment strap system is more secure on my softboots than the BD, because the toe piece extends back further so that the straps are more over the center of the boot.


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 Post subject: Re: Best crampons for Burton Driver X: Size 11/Ice Ax?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:35 am 
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I coulda sworn some folks had posted about issues with the CAMP crampons sometimes slipping off with softboots


Pretty sure that wasn't me, but I did have one slip off in a pretty sketchy place. Wouldn't want that to happen again. I tried on G10 wide new classic, they fit, and the strapping felt more secure than the camp.


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 Post subject: Re: Best crampons for Burton Driver X: Size 11/Ice Ax?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:49 pm 
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Thanks, seems like the Grivel 10 wide are the best option for snowboard boots size 11-12. Any other options here?

Ice axe looks like the Raven Pro 60cm is a sure bet.

Thanks for the advice? Anyone selling one of these used? PM me


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