Now your no mountaineer, you’re a snowboarder so what do need to know before shelling out a couple hundo for crampons for snowboard boots? Well for starters you more than likely have a friend who bought crampons and used them once so ask around and figure out when you should use crampons for hiking the lines you’ve been eyeing all winter into spring.
Crampons For Snowboard Boots Price Comparison
- Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampons ($139)
- Grivel Air Tech Light Crampon with Antibott Device & Flex Bars Black ($149)
- Petzl Vasak 12-Point Mountaineering Crampons ($139.95)
Steel vs. Aluminum Crampons
You think it’s all about weight in this battle, nope. It’s all about the surfaces your going to encounter. If you going to be kicking rocks with aluminum spikes the points are going to blunt. Steel is pretty bombproof; you could climb a rock face and not have to worry about it. I would go steel, you not buying crampons to hike up a powder field.
10 or 12 Point Crampons
10 point is better for trekking and general climbing. 12 are designed more for situations where you need a firmer grip on ice. The price on these is pretty much the same, but you’re going to add a little weight with the extra points. Personally, I think the more points the better, I mean more points in the snow/ice, the more stable you are going to be, and the safer you will feel.
The best things you can do is go to your local outdoor shop and bring a boot. Every boot is different and you want to get the tightest fit between your crampon and boot. So throw your boot in a couple different pairs and see what fits best. You want to make sure when the crampons are adjusted, that the metal points where the strap connects and touching the edge of the sole of the boot. If you can’t find something that fits perfect you can bend these points a little for a tighter fit.
If you think you’re going to be using them a lot it is best to get your own and find a pair that works with your boots well.
So first thing, you obviously want full strap crampons. Most of the strap systems work incredibly easily and allow using them between multiple boots, even trailing running shoes if you are into that.
#1. Black Diamond Contact Crampons
#2. Grivel Air Tech Crampons
#3. Petzl Vasak 12 Point Crampons
Personally, I have the Petzl Vasak 12 point crampons, I have had them a couple of seasons through different boots and they have worked well with all of them. I really like the strap which is super easy to tighten, important because snowboard boots flex a lot and being able to pull it tighter in the middle of an accent is critical.