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Retail Outlets:

Mammoth Gear
Mammoth Lakes, CA

The Fifth Season
Mount Shasta, CA

ROAM
Nelson, BC

Alpenglow Sports
Tahoe City, CA

The Backcountry
Truckee, CA

Neptune Mountaineering
Boulder, CO

Crows Feet Commons
Bend, OR

Feathered Friends
Seattle, WA

Warning:

Ski mountaineering is an exceptionally hazardous activity which often results in severe injuries and death. Any person purchasing, or using our equipment, assumes the responsibility for seeking proper training in its use. They also assume all risk for injury, or damage, sustained while using any of our equipment. Our equipment is not to be used for any other purpose other than which it is intended. Failure to follow these warnings increase the risk of injury or death. B & D Precision is not, and shall not, be liable for direct, indirect, incidental, or other types of damages arising out of, or resulting from, the use of our products.

Always test your gear before heading to the backcountry!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What size crampon should I order?
  2. Are your listed crampon widths exact?
  3. Why should I choose B & D Ski Gear?
  4. How do I install ski crampons on my skis?
  5. Do I need crampon locks?
  6. Are ski crampons compatible with split-boards?
  7. What type of Dynafit compatible crampon should I order?
  8. How do I mount my ski/board leash on my bindings?
  9. Why should I choose B&D ski leashes?
  10. What is the deal with shipping to Canada?

1. What size crampon should I order?

  • The size of crampon is restricted by the width of the ski. Of course if the ski crampon is too narrow it will hit the ski instead of the snow. Then again if the crampon is too wide the forces placed on the crampon/crampon mount increase and crampon failure becomes more likely. As a general rule you should not choose a crampon width that is greater that 10mm wider than the waist of the ski. The optimum crampon width is 7mm or less than the width of your ski underfoot. We recommend that you choose the ski crampon that closest matches the widest area of your mounting point, rounded up. In other words if your ski measures 104mm underfoot we would recommend our 110mm crampons. Our crampons come in a variety of common waist sizes which will help you get the perfect fit for your skis.

2. Are your listed crampon widths exact?

  • The listed size is generally 3 mm below the finished size. This extra space is to allow for normal variations in the crampons during manufacturing and to compensate for minor errors during the mounting process. Users desiring a tighter fit may choose to order a 95mm crampon for a ski with a measured width of 97mm, but this is about as tight as you should go.

3. Why should I choose B & D Ski Gear?

  • Fit is important.  That is why we make a wide variety of crampons, so the crampons you buy actually fit your skis.
  • We recognize that as conditions vary so do your needs.  That is why we offer the only complete crampon line that is able to be locked down for static use, while still having the choice to release the crampon for dynamic use.
  • B & D Ski Gear recognizes that ski crampons frequently fail at their mount point. That is why we overbuilt our crampons at the mount point to ensure a long service life.
  • Are you the type of skier who has a mix of binding systems in their quiver? If you are, then you will appreciate the cross binding compatibility offered by B & D crampons. Our crampons are designed to be used with a variety of binding systems with little to no modification.
  • Some companies use a handful of professional athletes and experts to test their gear. We use thousands. Every customer is a member of our gear evaluation team. You told us that our crampons were not stiff enough so we used thicker aluminum and changed our manufacturing process. These changes have resulted in a stronger, stiffer ski crampon. B & D Ski Gear is committed to constant innovation to meet the demands of our customers.

4. How do I install ski crampons on my skis?

  • Dynafit Compatible Crampons: Dynafit crampons come with crampon mounts integrated into the toe-piece. To install the crampon look for the small channel in the toe-piece. This channel is located behind the toe clips and is perpendicular to the length of the ski. Once you have located the channel for the ski crampon hold the ski crampon at a 90 degree angle to the ski with the stainless steel aligned with the round slot. Slide the crampon into the channel from the skier's right side. Once the ski crampon is in the proper position (centered) it will be able to rotate freely down into position.
  • Non-Dynafit Compatible Crampons: Non-Dynafit compatible crampons mount effectively the same way using our provided mount blocks. Before installing the crampons ensure the mount blocks are properly installed according to the provided instructions. Once the mount blocks are installed you are ready to install the crampons. Hold the crampons at a 90 degree angle to the ski with the stainless steel pin pointing down. Slide the crampon into the channel cut into the mount block from the skier's right side. Once the ski crampon is in the proper position it will be able to rotate freely down into position.

5. Do I need crampon locks?

  • Since the dawn of ski crampons there has been an ongoing debate over dynamic versus static crampons. Dynamic crampons are crampons that rotate up with the forward motion of the ski and static crampons are crampons that remain fixed. Essentially this debate centers on the balance between ease of motion versus ease of activation. Without a crampon lock the crampon will rotate out of the snow as you lift your foot and kick forward. This reduces the amount of drag in the snow/ice as you are moving. If you engage a crampon lock the crampon is not free to rotate up so the user ends up pulling the crampon through the snow/ice. The benefit to this system is the user does not have to step down on the crampon with the sole of their foot in order for it to engage. Our crampon locks are designed to allow the user to switch easily between dynamic and static modes. This versatility makes crampon locks a great accessory to our crampons. We mostly recommend the crampon locks for people who like steep skin tracks, ie are on their heel risers frequently, and for people who use Fritschi bindings.

6. Are ski crampons compatible with split-boards?

  • Yes. We refer to these devices as ski crampons in order to differentiate them from those spiky crampons that are mounted on ice climbers' feet. Of course you should never ski or snow board down a slope with either form of crampon attached to your boots or skis.

7. What type of Dynafit compatible crampon should I order?

  • The Versions:We have two versions of the Dynafit compatible crampons. These are the Classic and the Comfort 07 models. The classic Dynafit compatible crampons are designed for the older Dynafit bindings that do not have the plastic rib behind the crampon slot. Specifically the 'Classics' work with all TLT, speed, pre-07 Comfort and race bindings without modification to the binding. The Comfort 07 model works will all Dynafit bindings to date.The ST and FT models of bindings require the Comfort 07 model unless you cut off the rib.
  • The Difference:The Comfort 07 model has a large cut out to accommodate the plastic rib added in 2007 to their Comfort bindings and the ST and FT models. This cut out does make the crampon less stiff in the larger crampons.
  • The Choice: The choice between the two is driven by the bindings you possess, your gram conscious nature, and the degree of stiffness you desire in a crampon. The Comfort 07 model is slightly lighter, but slightly less stiff. The Classic version is slightly stiffer, but also slightly heavier. The newer Dynafit bindings can be modified to accept our Classic Dynafit crampons, however all binding modifications are done at your own risk.

8. What is the deal with shipping to Canada?

  • Shipping via UPS: This is the fastest way to get a package to you. UPS packages typically clear customs quickly, but this comes at a cost. Packages sent via UPS frequently get hit with a charge of at least $30 brokerage fee in addition to the cost of shipping.
  • Shipping via USPS: This is our standard shipping option, and typically the cheapest option. Unfortunately the amount of time it takes to deliver a package varies widely. Our best guess is this is due to customs taking their sweet time. We have had packages arrive at the border within 2 days only to be delivered a month later. Other times the package is delivered a couple of days after arriving at the border.
  • Keep in mind that the shipping price does not increase dramatically with weight so you are better off combining orders if possible.

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