BobMcBob wrote:Alteknacker wrote:Just one point on matching boots and crampons: I bought the wrong type of boots/crampons and had to exchange the boots. I then discovered Andy Kirkpatrick's website, and this is the only place where I've found the subject to be comprehensively covered. Well worth a look.
I rarely wear winter boots and crampons, because I don't find the stiff sole comfortable; but I always take them with me, just in case. As SW says, you can go a long way once you start to slide downhill on snow; so if in doubt, especially when descending, I put on the (not very comfortable) boots and crampons, and grip the axe that bit tighter...!!
This is an interesting post for me, as my osteopath has told me in no uncertain terms, that I must not wear stiff soled boots if I want my knees to last beyond the age of 50. As far as he's concerned, stiff soles and high ankle support, especially when descending slopes, are the worst thing you can possibly do for your knees. My usual technique of flexible soles and descending on the balls of my feet is great, but I wear stiff soles for work and and those plus a lot of kneeling have ruined my knees.
So, what's the most flexible boot/crampon combination that exists?
I totally sympathize with you on this. I used to wear 12pt crampons on my Zamberlan Inverno's, which are definitely not crampon-compatible (officially). It's surprising what you can get away with - inadvisably! But since I bought my Mammut mountain-trail GTX's I haven't felt the need to be so daft. They are surprisingly flexible for crampon-compatible boots and are very comfortable to walk in on and off the snow. I don't know of a more flexible winter walking boot than these, but it's probably worth doing some research on this interesting question.