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Ice crampon

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Year 1999
Customer Salewa
Category Sport

The equipment which is used in any type of sport undergoes severe tests and inspections: this becomes especially important for all the equipment used in particular and extreme sports, since any defect would put the user s life in jeopardy.

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This  is  the  case  of the new crampon, Impact, designed by our office on behalf of the Salewa group and used for extreme climbs on ice walls and waterfalls.

The particularly technical nature of this project and the absolute observance of functions meant that our work team was deeply involved, especially in the initial analysis and approach stage. In fact, the basic condition for our office in tackling a new project is to understand the type of use of the product, the context in which it is used and the expectations of those who use it.

The testers and experts who work with the company helped us to appreciate the characteristics and peculiarities which the future product should have in order to become a significant and successful element in the very critical and attentive world of mountain climbing.

Our work started from very precise limitations, first and foremost the weight: this type of equipment is carried together with others and the total of the weights must be acceptable for the climber. The design of the piece therefore needed to reduce the weight as much as possible while being careful not to weaken the structural areas and those under most stress during use. The construction of a few prototypes during the study stage allowed the Salewa experts to test them and identify the critical points: this step-by-step approach led to an optimisation of the design, the form being  frozen  (the term is appropriate in this case) only when the last reports were received.

The punching and bending technology that was used also enabled us to obtain in a single piece: the front caps, which cut into the wall and act as support for the climber s body; the gripping point with the ground; the regulation in length for adapting to different sizes of boots.

This work of research and optimisation accomplished in close contact with Salewa group technicians and testers has already borne fruit, winning a design award and gaining the confidence of various mountaineering schools and Alpine guides.

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