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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.

Climbing Gear Does Not Last Forever – Part One