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Over the years there have been many problems and accidents caused by people fitting unsuitable crampons to boots. To resolve this problem Mountain Guide Brian Hall working for Scarpa and Grivel came up with simple scheme to assist walkers and climbers in selecting suitable crampons for their boots. Like all simple schemes it is flawed in that it is over simplified and we know of more than one instance of people completely flouting these "rules" to their advantage and without mishap - indeed, in mountaineering, there are no "rules", but as a general guide it is useful.
Boots are now rated by many manufacturers for stiffness and the type of use they are designed for.
NB Be aware that the larger a boot, the more flexible it will be, so that a size 47 nominally B2 boot may well be more B1 like. In other words, if you have big feet, you may need even stiffer boots!
Crampons should be no stiffer than your boots or they may fall off and/or give you ankle problems and you may get metal fatigue in the crampons causing them to break.
Crampon Binding System
In addition the binding system should be suitable for the boot.
There are currently four main types of binding systems. Be aware that some boots have step in heel welts to make them look "techy" even if they're not. If in doubt a modern type Strap On crampon (eg New Classic binding) is best.
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