How to Fit Grivel G14 Crampons

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How to Fit Grivel G14 Crampons
Terrain such as this may be impossible without the use of crampons. (Mountain Climber image by Daniel Wiedemann from

Grivel G14 Crampons attach to mountaineering boots to provide better footing on snow and icy conditions. The metal contact points on the bottom of the crampon dig into snow and ice and make walking in otherwise impassable terrain possible. The G14 crampons can work well in many climbing disciplines, whether on mixed sport routes or high difficulty and high altitude alpine climbs. Proper crampon fit is essential, and it is very unsafe to be hiking on dangerous terrain with poorly fitting crampons.

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Things you need

  • Mountaineering boots
  • Grivel G14 crampons

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  1. 1

    Take the boots that you will be hiking with you to the climbing/sporting goods store so you can test the fit out on the actual boots you are using. It's best to replicate the actual climbing experience as much as possible so it is also a good idea to wear climbing socks and even the trousers you would wear while hiking for maximum authenticity.

  2. 2

    Step into the crampons and make sure that the Grivel G14s will fit your boot. Not all crampons work with all boots and the only way to know for sure is by trying them. As the G14s are step-in crampons, make sure that the toe bails on the crampons fit flush with the shape of your boot's toe, and that the boot's toe doesn't protrude over the edge of the front of the crampons. In addition, you need to check if the heel cables are the proper width so that they wrap around the heel of your boot snugly and there is not much room for movement.

  3. 3

    Check the points on the front of the crampons to make sure they are sitting in the right location when you are walking. The front points should protrude about a half inch but no more than 1 inch from the front of the boots. Much farther and you run the risk of accidentally bumping the points of the crampons into rocks and other hazards.

  4. 4

    Lace the nylon straps of the crampons onto your boots and walk with them for a few minutes. The store should have a special area where you can do this safely. Make sure you can walk comfortably and that the crampons have a snug, secure fit and do not move around or shift in their positioning on the boot.

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