"The go to crampon for any mountaineering boot."
Have used the original version of g12 for close to 20yrs. Glacier, ice, mixed, shoveling the driveway etc. Worked without fail, and while this older pair still has many yrs left in it, I wanted a new pair for Everest. There are lighter crampons out there, but I have never had a failure with mine and I expect no less with this pair. If something should break, there are several ways to field-repair them. They're easy to put on with gloves, and if an oxygen deprived mind straps them on wrong, the system itself keeps them on you boot. The strap system runs through the top of the binding which pulls the binding more secure than other companies "similar" systems than run the strap through the bottom of the heal latch. The anti-bot I guess is a nice idea, but duct-tape has always worked well for me. The plastic toe bail captures the boot well and I have never seem it fail, unlike the "ski" type front bail that if not adjusted right I've seen pop off many times.
12 pts, all you'll ever need for 90% of your climbing. I prefer this binding because it fits more boots better, including my ski boots. This design is time tested, and bombproof. I would say that unless your nearing sponsored athlete level that this would be all you'd ever need. Some people prefer mono and vertical points, and those do work better in certain situations. But most of the time this is better for my uses in the PNW. Excellent choice for a first crampon that will last you a very long time.
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