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Christopher Chupka

Locale: NTX
Camp Punte Crampons on 05/31/2008 14:23:54 MDT Print View

I will try MikeR's advice with the cord for my ice axe, now onto my next dilemma.

I got a pair of the Camp Punte crampons pretty cheap and they only fit my size 13 Montrails way back on the heel. The front spikes barely come to the midpoint.

The first pic are the crampons fitted per the instructions. The barely fit on these Hurricanes, they would never go on any of my boots. The fixed strap goes over the heel and the front strap wraps around, joins the fixed strap and then to the front again.

Punte fitted per instructs

This second pic shows what I might try. If I cut off the heel strap I can slide the crampons under part of the ball of my foot. I would have much better forward motion traction than if the crampons were back on my heel.

Camp Punte mod

I think a great lightweight crampon design would be just the forward half of a crampon instead of the rear like these seem to be.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Camp Punte Crampons on 05/31/2008 15:02:34 MDT Print View

That's a good idea. Does the new configuration create a potential for the crampon to fall off? It looks or your foot slide out of the back?

Nia Schmald
(nschmald) - MLife
Re: Camp Punte Crampons on 05/31/2008 17:08:13 MDT Print View

I just bought these as well (at a not so good price). I too wanted to mount them on the forefoot. Here's what I came up with:
Punte light top

I also wanted to keep the back strap in case I wanted to mount on the heel for descents so for the forefoot mount I just tucked it under the shoe.
Punte light bottom

I haven't used this in the field but it feels tight. YMMV.

Edited by nschmald on 05/31/2008 17:09:11 MDT.

Christopher Chupka

Locale: NTX
Better View on 05/31/2008 17:09:18 MDT Print View

I should have posted this view first. The rear bar of the crampon is now more narrow than either the front or the rear of the sole of the shoe. It will not slide forward or back only decreased pressure the straps will cause it to loosen and I guess that is the difficulty with crampons and any "soft" shoe. This seems to be the what the crampon was designed for but I know it isn't.

Punte Crampon bottom view

The fit feels secure, at least as secure as the method the instructs state to use.

Christopher Chupka

Locale: NTX
Good Idea on 05/31/2008 17:10:59 MDT Print View

Nice simple idea of tucking it underneath. I suppose it will not snag on anything more than the exposed bolts will.

Edited by FatTexan on 05/31/2008 17:12:18 MDT.