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Climbing Gear Does Not Last Forever – Part Two

Canadian ex-pat and Black Diamond's Quality Assurance manager Kolin Powick has put together an interesting report that explores the realistic lifespan of crampons.

Canadian ex-pat and Black Diamond’s Quality Assurance manager Kolin Powick has put together an interesting report that explores the realistic lifespan of crampons.¬†One of the many fascinating points in the article is that current crop of new, lightweight mountain boots often have more sole-flex than older fully-rigid plastic boots. While this added flex is useful during long approaches, it creates more bending on the crampons (especially when front pointing), which can lead to crampons breaking. This a very informative article that every climbers should read.

See the full article on Black Diamond’s site.

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