If you wear your crampons with one and only one pair of boots, you can stop reading. But many climbers swap crampons between different sized shoes, such as large boots for early season glaciers, and maybe light hikers for later season travel. But unless you remember the right crampon setting for each shoe, switching from one shoe to another can lead to a trial and error process of finding the correct size setting. (Do I use crampon hole number 5, 6 or 7 for the light summer hiking shoes I’ll take to my South Sister climb?)
After you get your adjustable crampons dialed into the correct setting for the boots you use most often, try this simple trick to be sure can easily reset them.
Dab a spot of fingernail polish around the crampon hole that matches your primary climbing shoe. That way, if the crampons ever are moved from that adjustment, it’s easy to see the right setting and instantly move it back. If you want to get fancy, you could use two colors, one for each of different sized shoe.
(Fingernail polish is also great for marking metal climbing gear like rock and snow pro. See this Tip of the Week for more on that.) Link coming soon)
In the image below, a dab of purple nail polish marks the correct adjustment hole that matches my most-used boots.