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Nov 30, 2010, 2:03 AM

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Re: [chrisnovak] Rambo 4 crampon - dual point?
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The Rambo IV is sort of a hybrid monopoint, It has short hooked secondary frontpoints, but is definitely only designed to have one primary front point. Turning it into a dual point would certainly involve some jury-rigging and probably wouldn't be worth it for the above reasons. Also, being fully ridgid with those shorter front points makes it amazing stable for a monopoint. Way more stable than my Cyborgs in monopoint configuration. Converting the R4 would be silly, IMO.

I had a pair of R4's and sold them, but only because my objectives were leaning more towards alpine, where a set of hybrid crampons (Cyborgs, to be specific) were more appropriate. The Rambo definitely climbs pure ice and mixed routes like a beast. I'll probably buy another pair someday.

My one major complaint is the built-in antibots. Those large yellow "balls" underfoot are slippery as all hell when hiking in on verglassed talus. You slip and slide on those plastic balls until the crampon points hook up with rock. Almost dangerous, actually. Also, the attachment method for the balls is these little teeth that fit into the perimeter of the ball - those teeth start popping out once they have a couple miles on them and the teeth have been bent around enough. Short of those somewhat minor nitpicks, they're an awesome crampon. If you feel like doing surgery, find a better anti-bot system. That would be a better use of your time.

EDIT - Clarified my thoughts and fixed a couple 2AM typos.

(This post was edited by brokesomeribs on Nov 30, 2010, 7:56 AM)

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