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6-point instep crampons allow for hiking down steep…
Source: bought it new
6-point instep crampons allow for hiking down steep inclines while carrying a heavy pack, and not having to worry about having a foot come out from underneath you! Which is ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS here on Kodiak on wet grassy steep slopes after it rains! Or while crossing slimy algae covered rocks on steep incline stream crevasses.
I ALWAYS have at least one crampon on one foot AT ALL TIMES while out hiking or hunting here on Kodiak! Even if I am planning on just hiking up river beds, because it allows for stepping up onto the edge of the river bank easily without any chance of sliding backwards into the freezing water with a heavy pack!
I always have both pairs with me but generally only wear one hiking in, which ensures that at least ONE FOOT NEVER slips. Then after shooting an animal and I am packing out BOTH GO ON just to MAKE SURE I have good footing!
I do not hike with hiking sticks. Wearing these allows for your hands to be free for grabbing alder branches for climbing up high easily. Every person who I have EVER taken hiking or hunting has purchased a pair after feeling the difference in hiking with them! (Especially those who arrived on Kodiak unprepared, and ended up using a spare pair of mine!) I wear them with my Muck boots... :)
These 6 point crampons are BETTER for hunting than full crampons BECAUSE IT ALLOWs FOR YOU TO TIP TOE if need be over those occasional rocky areas when you need to be "REALLY QUIET" in order to get closer without the animal HEARING YOU approach!!!!
Full crampons are just way too loud to effectively hunt in!!!! :) Full crampons are also a serious trip hazard when it comes to going through a mangle of salmonberry bushes... will no doubt cause you to rip your expensive rain gear!
Here on Kodiak you are crossing streams every 10 minutes while hiking or hunting, and you wear rain gear 1/3 of the time! With 6-point instep crampons YOU DO NOT TRIP. They PREVENT YOU FROM SLIPPING AND WILL GENERALLY STOP YOU FROM TRIPPING!
I also have a lighter weight aluminum pair that I always take sheep hunting, but they wear down fast and only last two years. Steel ones are better for everyday use. It does not matter if you are wearing muck boots or tenner shoes or serious hiking shoes, these work just fine with all three on glare ice, rocky terrain, and slippery slimy wet crass!!
Wendy A. Close Eskew owner of Alaskan Wilderness Adventures! (Kodiaks Wild Side!) & Alaskan Big Game Hunting Guide here in Kodiak Island Alaska :)