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Postby Tara H » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:09 pm


I am looking to buy crampons. However I cannot find the rating for my boots to buy suitable crampons. They are Karrimor Orkney 5 walking boots. Anyone have any advice?
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Re: Crampons

Postby davekeiller » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:41 pm

Are they crampon compatible at all?
The marketing blurb doesn't mention crampons, so I would assume that they are not designed to be worn with them. A quick test would be to hold the heel of the sole in one hand and the toe in the other and try to bend the sole back. If the sole bends more than a few degrees, then the boots aren't stiff enough for crampons.
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Re: Crampons

Postby jmarkb » Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:58 pm

Kahtoola KTS crampons should work fine with them, but pretty much nothing else. You may however find a stiffer pair of boots more supportive and reassuring in snowy conditions even when crampons are not required.
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Re: Crampons

Postby Caberfeidh » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:45 am

My first crampon/boot combo was not the best; my boots were a bit too bendy but with the proper strappage my boots stayed on most of the time, only falling off at inopportune moments like halfway up a frozen gully in the Cairngorms in the dark with a long way to get back to the bothy... Expensive boot/crampon combos are not necessary unless climbing the Eiger or major Himalayan peaks. Will you be climbing or walking? For frozen paths Katoolah Microspikes are great and very comfortable, but not suitable for rough/steep hillsides. These will also prolong the life of your crampons by saving them for the necessary slopes.

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