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  • #580015
    Baker
    8 Posts

    Looking for crampon suggestions for malamutes sz 44, standard route cascade volcano use.
    Thanks
    Jason

    #676911
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    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.

    #676912
    Splitinbend
    243 Posts

    I wear 29.5/11.5 and use a standard grivel g10 no problem. Best of luck.

    #676913
    Baker
    8 Posts

    Thanks for the info.

    #676914
    Matt Wood
    328 Posts

    I wear the synapse boot and Petzl Vassiks were the best fit I found. :twocents:

    #676915
    davidr
    102 Posts

    @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.

    #676916
    Matt Wood
    328 Posts

    ^ 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.

    #676917

    I used CAMP XLC 490 aluminum crampons on my sz10 Malamutes. They worked well for a light weight setup.

    #676918
    NickDrake
    46 Posts

    @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.

    #676919
    JMAutio
    59 Posts

    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..

    #785887
    SchralphMacchio
    474 Posts

    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 ?

    <span style=”font-size:75%”>I know ice-climbing is not suggested to be done with flat front points..</span>

    I’ve got the same issue w/ BD Contact Straps and my 2013 Size 27 Malamutes. I had each boot pop off while toe-ing up a 40 degree steep chute that hadn’t yet transitioned to corn. It was pretty terrifying.

    Folks who have used the Petzl or Camp crampons, can you confirm that the rear does not pop off when going up a steep chute? I like the fit on Malamutes so much that I’m hesitant to switch to another boot, and would rather switch crampons.

    #785936
    JMAutio
    59 Posts

    Scary, eh..? I changed to a HB setup last season, so I´m rocking Camp XLC-390´s nowadays. If I would´ve stayed with the Mutes, I´d have looked at crampons with a higher heel loop.

    Loving the HB (TLT-6) setup, stiffness is about the same as Mute+Burner. I´d say stiffer on heelside and softer on toeside. Another big bonus was that the XLC+Billy Goat Ascent plates weigh the same as _only_ Verts with pucks.

    #785942
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    @SchralphMacchio The crampon popping off is a function of the flex bar bending at the different rate (stiffer or more flexible) than the sole of the boot.
    You can replace bars cheaper than replacing whole crampons. BD makes three types of bar. They might be interchangeable with other brands. Take your boot and crampon into a shop with myriad crampons. Start flexing your boot and comparing that to different crampons. My guess is the boot is stiff and the ‘pon has some give.

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