bobby49 wrote:If you are using real crampons, then you must have a real ice axe.
That's the standard dogma. But it isn't always true.
Bottom line: take the appropriate gear for each situation and practice enough so using them becomes second nature.
Wandering Daisy wrote:So it is not just the type of spike, but how solidly they are attched and how much flex your shoe/boot has. The non-flexible crampons are to be worn with stiff mountaineering boots. Even the flexible crampons get stressed on a highly flexible shoe. Correct me if I am wrong, but I was under the impression that microspikes are stressed less whan used with flexible shoes.
Wandering Daisy wrote:Seriously why has no company made a shoe like the old "hobnailed" boots? I have seriously thought of trying out golf shoes or soccar/baseball shoes with spikes. Problem is that these shoes are not made to be comfortable for long term backpacking. Just curious how they would do on snow and ice.
Wandering Daisy wrote:I think one reason my aluminum crampons broke along the cross-bar is that I use them on flexible shoes, that then puts too much stress on that bar. The crampons are designed to flex somewhat but perhaps not enough to use with trail runners without causing a lot of stress on the aluminum.
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