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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 26th 2015
Hi Louise, You don't need any special type at all. One thing that you might find helpful would be to have a step in binding that attaches easily to the front of your ski boot but this is not necessary. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 3rd 2015
Hi Jean, Just like cutting rope and cord, you should use a very hot knife. That way you, when you cut the rope you will melt the ends, sealing the threads together and stop them from fraying. Before you cut your straps though you should consider if you will ever use your crampons whilst wearing ski boots. If you will then you might need the extra length. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 3rd 2015
Hi Laurelle, The new Vasak crampon is made of tougher steel than the original and has therefore been made thinner and lighter. The anti-balling plates seem to have had an over haul as well which we only assume will make them more effective than the older models.... (more)

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Jul 28th 2015
Hi Laurelle, There are a lot of options for you to choose from but the features you need to look for are 12 points, Horizontal front points and anti-balling plates. The normal route via the Dome du Gouter is mostly a snowy walk but there is a section of rocky scrambling. Because of this, we would tend to advise against an aluminium crampon; even though they are lighter than steel crampons they will dull very quickly if used on rock. Some good examples to look at would be the Grivel G12, the Petzl Vasak and the Black Diamond Serac but there are plenty more out there. Hope that helps, Dave

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