Review by: sixleggedinsect, 2004-11-28
I really disagree with the previous poster who rated these a '1'. the 2fs come through on all their promises. they are a versatile crampon for the mountains, perhaps excelling at nothing, but certainly not bombing at anything. in flexible mountain mode they work fine. period. they are also fairly light, or at least were at the time when i boguht them four years ago. however, the vertical rails on the back mean they collect snow a little more readily than their horizontal-rail alternatives, and therefore i believe it is *absolutely* necessary to invest in the bot plates (mine came included) or make a pair yourself (lighter than the ones that were included with my 2Fs). on vertical ice they work as well as can be expected. the previous poster woudl have you believe that horizontal front points are useless for vertical. a lot of real mountaineers woudl take strong exception to this statement, and for a crampon designed to take all the mountain environments in stride vertical points would be a poor choice. i used to climb steep ice in new england with these crampons. i have no big problem with the horizontal points, and they dont shear out of sh*t ice and hard snow the way the vertical points of my partners do. good for the mountains. not the best for roadside ice craggers. so if you're a roadside ice cragger buy something else. i love mine, and i'll keep climbing in them.