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Black Diamond Stinger

I do a lot of ice and mixed climbing in rocky areas of New England. What are the best crampons for me?

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Black Diamond Stinger.     Photo: Courtesy of Black Diamond

A:The $209.95 Stinger may be the heaviest crampon in this lineup at nearly 34 ounces, but it is definitely part of this new lightweight, durable class. All 11 points are made from stainless steel, for long-term, rust-free use, and the front monopoint can be easily replaced in the field. The overall design is built to fit many different boot types securely: the sliding centerpiece adjusts for size, and the heel lever clicks in small increments for precise fit.

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