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Feb 7, 2010, 12:05 AM

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Re: [smallclimber] Crampons to fit small size boots
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I find the problem is not so much adjusting the length (I have also cut a bar in the past) but that the boot I would prefer to wear is so narrow at the back that the back rests do not make contact with the boot no matter how short I make them. I don't think the crampon would actually come off, but there might be some lateral movement as I kick.
I have been wearing a boot that is way too big for me, but at least fits the crampon, but the weight tires me out so much on the approach I am going to try the smaller boot/looser crampon combo once.
I'm interested to hear what others recommend.

You have two issues you need to correct.

1) You say your boot is actually too large for you. If your heel is lifting when you're on your front-points then yes, it's too large. You are exhausting yourself trying to use your foot and calf muscles to force your ankle down into the boot's heelcup, instead of letting the boot hold you in (as it is designed to do). This situation is 10 times more tiring than simply wearing a boot that is a size too large, and therefore 3 ounces heavier. However, if your heel is locked in place, you might not actually need new boots. Instead, you can experiment with different/thicker insoles, padding the tongue, etc, to just reduce interior volume. You might be able to save a couple hundred dollars.

2) "The back rests don't make contact." - I believe you are referring to the rear bail. This is the thick metal bar that locks over the heel welt (i.e. the "lip"). If the bail does not fit your boot, you need to bend it so that it does. This requires a sturdy workbench and bench vise, along with some muscle, a hammer, and some wooden blocking. Hopefully you have a friend who has experience with this sort of stuff who can be enticed with pizza/beer/Jameson/420.

If you're anywhere near NJ, have all of the tools above, and I happen to prefer Weihenstepha Wink

(This post was edited by brokesomeribs on Feb 7, 2010, 12:06 AM)

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