so I've got 2 pair of Petzl M10 crampons. I've been using them for years and really feel that they are an excellent all around crampon. I use 'em as dual points and feel that I can climb anything up to really hard mixed stuff. I know there are other crampons out there, but I haven't felt a need to change for the past 6 years. kind of like me sticking with my original Ergo's!
my front points have finally reached the point where I can't sharpen them any more. Petzl is asking/demanding $80 for 2 new front points, and obviously that isn't something that I can get behind. no, let's tell it like it is - IT SUCKS!!! so I decided this would be the year I would get new crampons. I originally just figured I would buy another pair of M10's. WOOPS...Petzl discontinued the. in favor of their new latest & greatest, the Lynk. http://www.petzl.com/en/outdoor/ice-climbing-crampons/lynx
I wasn't too psyched, but after looking around I thought that these might be close to my M10 and could be a good fit for me. I know, I know... why would I buy more crampons from a company that's screwing with us all about the M10 front points, but they actually do look nice. So I trucked down to my friendly local climbing shop, where YES I get a bit of a pro deal 'cause I work for them, but low & behold they didn't have any!!!
and poking around on the web apparently nobody has 'em! so I ask what's up with that? turns out that they "have had manufacturing problems" and couldn't manufacture them in any quantity. does this remind you at all of last year's issue with the Nomic's and Ergo's? can you spell F R U S T R A T E D? [sigh]
so, here's my question? what are you folks using? I climb a fair amount of 4's & 5's and some amount of mixed stuff. I need a really rigid dual point crampon with aggressive secondary points. what do you think I should try? I've heard good things about the Grivel G14 and some folks who like the BD Cyborg Pro. what do you think?