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PaulR

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PaulR says:

Crampon compatible boots

I've owned a pair of Scarpa SL's for a few years now and every time I wear crampons with them I get terrible blisters on both heels. In general the boots are a poor fit for my feet and I've put up with them although they have been a great waterproof boot with good grip. So I want a new pair of crampon compatible boots to replace them. I have some Grivel G10 crampons but I don't mind buying a new set of crampons (e.g. the type that slot into the boot or are made specifically for a particular pair of boots). If anyone has any particular recommendations to try I'd really appreciate it!

Cheers, Paul.

 
vick

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vick says:

Re: Crampon compatible boots

You had a look at the new SL Activs cos IMO much better than old ones

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PaulR

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PaulR says:

Re: Crampon compatible boots

I read the info about the SL Activs on the home page. I'm not entirely sure why the SLs didn't really suit my feet. I'm wondering if it's the shape of my feet or what. The SLs were quite narrow. Other boots I've owned fit nicely (e.g. CARN or North Face) with no blisters or anything but they aren't crampon compatible. The SL Activs might be ok, but I'm keen to give other brands a try.

robinjsmith

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robinjsmith says:

Re: Crampon compatible boots

The SLs are narrow!! I found them to be like boats, but they do have a range of fits now, so have a look

Don't go near La Sportiva which fit my narrow feet better, perhaps Raichle (are they Mammut now?) or Meindl I think were wider last time I bought.

Best bet is find 45 mins to spend in a decent shop and try on loads.

 

vick

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vick says:

Re: Crampon compatible boots

I know a few people who had teething problems with the old SL's but swear by them now.

Boots are very much an individual thing and especially winter boots and any decent shop should  advise you on these and match them with your crampons

The Scarpa mantas are pretty much the standard winter boots for a lot of people

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PaulR

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PaulR says:

Re: Crampon compatible boots

Thanks for the tips, I was pretty sure I bought the wide SLs but they are still narrow compared to my other boots. I thought about Mantas, I will try a pair. Ideally I want some boots where the crampons slot into them or lock into place if anyone can recommend any. There is a good shop in Hathersage where they seem to know their stuff. I'll spend some time trying a few pairs on.

RamblingJack

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RamblingJack says:

Re: Crampon compatible boots

If Im thinking of the same idea as you re crampons that clip in to the boots at the toes, wasnt that idea scrubbed because the gap in the toe area was getting wet & freezing up meaning you couldnt get the crampon clip into the slot(?)

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Taffy_Tours

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Taffy_Tours says:

Re: Crampon compatible boots

I use Scarpa Rangers with cramps, a little bouncy and probably "Not recommended" but still useable.

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GrahamThompson

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Re: Crampon compatible boots

PaulR said:

 In general the boots are a poor fit for my feet

If anyone has any particular recommendations to try I'd really appreciate it!

Cheers, Paul.


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