High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada.
Interest: general mountaineering/ hiking/ backpacking/ skiing/ kayaking
I'm partial to the Petzl Charlet company and their Sarken series of crampons. The Sarken series has front points that are a combination of vertical for ice and horizontal for snow. As well the Sarken series comes in several different configurations for attaching them to any boot style. For winter, I prefer a stiffish boot that has both front and rear welts, so the Sarken Lever-lock FIL is my choice. They fit tight enough and are aggressive enough that I can use them on steep ice sections, yet with the anti-balling plates, they are a great general crampon for snow and glacier travel. Also, they're light in weight and compact to pack away.
In the past, I bought crampons (and ice axes) that were specific to ice climbing and others for general mountaineering. When I realized that the ice climbing and it's specific gear was only good for sport and not for general mountaineering and that most general mountaineering axes & crampons don't work well on vertical ice, I sought out gear that would work in all environs. I'm not "sporty" anymore, but would not like to get turned back on a trip, due to a short bit of technical ice. Hence my choice of Sarken Lever-lock crampons.
Ice axes for both general and technical?... another topic.