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Converting a hybrid crampon to a strap-in
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Jun 20, 2010, 2:45 PM
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Converting a hybrid crampon to a strap-in
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I recently bought a pair of grivel g12 crampons with hybrid bindings which fit nicely on my mountaineering boots. For easier climbs and times when I only need crampons for a small section of snow, it would be nice if I could use them with my hiking shoes which lack a good heel welt.

I tried strapping the hiking shoes in anyway (the heel clip becomes more of a retainer) and the fit seems okay. I can walk around with no noticeable movement. I'm not sure how much I could trust this on the slopes though because apart from the toe bail, there's not much holding the shoe down. In other words, french or pigeon technique would probably be a nightmare.

The grivel website doesn't seem to sell their different bindings separately. I haven't seen their strap-on binding in person but I imagine the heel bail is similar to the toe bail on the hybrid bindings I have, which is attached with a rivet (read permanent, something I don't want because I bought the hybrids for a reason). In the end I'm guessing I'll attach some kind of removable heel cup and a different strap set up but I'm wondering if anyone has tried something along these lines and did it work?

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