/ Another crampon advice thread
I currently have a pair of Grivel g12s that fit my Nepal EVOs well, but not my Spantiks. I had a pair of G14s, which I charitably sold in Argentina that did fit my Spantiks but they seemed a bit heavy.
I am hoping to go to Peru and Bolivia in a few weeks time to do some high altitude technical routes, so I will be using my Spantiks, so the question is.... which crampons would be a good fit for the boot and the climbing?
g12 and g14 both come in the newmatic and crampomatic bindings.
how do the g12 look on the spantiks if you lengthen the mid bar one notch
I think it is a gerneral issue with a lot of crampons on the more modern boots with a very pronouned rocker. You may find crampomatic fittings are a bit better though. I ended up taking some boots back unused about 3 to 4 years or so back as I couldnt find a pair of crampons I was happy with the fit. Things have probably changed a bit since then, especially seing as the spantiks are quite popular. The modern rambos have quite a pronounced rocker on the crampons BTW.
Any advice on the types of crampon I should be looking at?
You can get a more curved linking bar for a better fit if the boot is asymmetric.
Thanks for the advice everyone, sounds like Petzl is the best choice! I'll see how the Darts fit and probably go from there.
I'm counting on it!
Just ordered some G12s without trying them on...All I know is the Vasaks didn't fit too well.
[Wrong part of the world to be buying crampons, can get crocodile meat at the local supermarket but not a damned pair of crampons at the local climbing shop.]
That is quite a curve... can't see any crampon fitting that!!!
You can buy bar extenders which will definitely improve things.
I don't mean to sound like I'm trying to teach you to suck eggs, but that just looks to me like you've set the crampon one click to small, or you haven't pushed the toe of the boot against the front posts of the crampons properly first before clipping on the heel bail? My G12s have a bit of flexibility around the bar to allow for some rocker - I've used mine successfully on Sportiva Trango S, Trango ice, Nepal Extremes and Baruntses - I can't imagine the Spantik has so much more rocker they would fail to fit?
"I don't mean to sound like I'm trying to teach you to suck eggs, but that just looks to me like you've set the crampon one click to small"
That's exactly what I thought, the crampons look far too short for the boot and need at a guess a couple of more notches on the extender bar.
its also what I posted about 10 posts up! You can see the front part of the crampon is pointing down instead of up, this is typically because the mid bar is not long enough on strap on crampons IMO.
Even after correct adjustment there will probably still be a small gap between the front of the boot and the base of the crampon though as G12's / G14's are just not that bent / curved.
If g14 crampomatic fitted your spantiks fine then g12 crampomatic also will IMO.
"its also what I posted about 10 posts up!"
sorry, missed that, the view of the thread was condensed.
Ideally the front plate would match the sometimes significant curve of the front of your boot.
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