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Petzl Dart

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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Petzl Dart.     Photo: Courtesy of Petzl

A:The 29-ounce Dart has a forged steel monopoint for precise placement while performing extreme mixed and ice climbing. The French-made crampon has 11 steel points just long enough to provide stability without having to high-step—two of the points are angled forward to give support to the monopoint, two on the side provide lateral grip while traversing, and four in back allow for stability when descending and facing downhill. The entire front section can be replaced if it wears out.

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