Crampons are a necessity to securely travel on snow and ice. This is the way, how you can cross glaciers, ascend snow slopes, climb frozen waterfalls and scale ice-smeared rock. Thanks to modern design and manufacturing technique, crampons have become lighter and better fitting.
Crampons are becoming more specialized by activity. Super-lightweight traction devices are made for everyday winter walking. More traditional crampons handle snow and glacier travel, technical hiking (when you bring along an ice axe) and mountaineering. Crampons designed for frozen waterfalls or mixed ice/rock routes are now increasingly technical.
Boot and crampon compatibility is essential for performance and safety. Your boot type ultimately tells you what options you have in binding systems. For example, ultralight strap-on crampons will work on ultralight hiking boots, but they are not suitable for mountaineering or ice climbing. A crampon strapped to a flexible-soled boot will not fit as securely as on a rigid-soled boot.
Be sure your crampons are dry before storing. If you are storing them for the season, coat them with a light oil or a water-displacement spray. Crampon accessories, technical crampons and classic crampons, crampons with chamfer, crampons without chamfer, as well as crampons with rear chamfer from manufacturer Petzl- get ready to cross glaciers, snow slopes and rocks!