/ PRODUCT NEWS: Scarpa Launches New Manta GSB
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The big gap (~0.5cm) between the boot and crampon when using Mantas with GSb make me nervous. I guess it must still be safe but doesn't fit as well as with Freneys.
(I tried Airtech GSb, the others should do the same thing)
Really! I think it is possibly one of the worst inventions ever and when I need new crampons they will not be GSB ones.
I agree that when together they are fine but after the walk in when the hole at the front has filled up with snow and it has frozen, I have to bang the crampons in with the hammer on my Ice Tool which I don't think is the greatest of designs.
> Really! I think it is possibly one of the worst inventions ever and when I need new crampons they will not be GSB ones.
> I agree that when together they are fine but after the walk in when the hole at the front has filled up with snow and it has frozen, I have to bang the crampons in with the hammer on my Ice Tool which I don't think is the greatest of designs.
Could you trim a wine cork to fit in the hole then remove it when you want to fit the crampons?
Even if it gets stuck, presumably you always carry a handy cork screw with you?
air tech gsb is delivered with a plastic spacer plate for the front of the boot to give good fit, also its better to use the standard bar rather than the super assymetric one
mantas are delivered with plugs in, but are harder to get out than on freney etc
Unfortunately, I've got a pair of perfectly serviceable M10 crampons (and numerous spare front points) that I'm perfectly happy with so there was no way I was going to spend another 100+ quid on new crampons for no reason.
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't really see why any existing users of step-in crampons would move to GSB as it would involve replacing both your boots and crampons at the same time. It might be a good long term move but only if other manufacturers also adopt the system. In general proprietary systems are rarely that successful.
Can see the point to GSB, but not if your just replacing boots.
all very nice in theory but it took me about 5 mins and a screwdriver to get the bloody thinks out in a nice warm shop. dont fancy having to do it in the cold with gloves on to be honest.
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