Grivel's Air Tech Light Crampons (New Matic) are incredibly light and are the lightest 12 point mountaineering crampon we offer.
The combination of extremely strong and sophisticated materials, together with Grivel’s advanced technology lie behind the realisation of this crampon, which leaves all the other models on the market far behind. Ten points in contact with ice while you’re walking and twelve that bite into the slope during traverses.
The last two front points are Bi-angular to maintain bite when descending or traversing sideways. Even the soles of the most modern boots are perfectly covered. Designed for ski touring, competitive ski mountaineering, classical mountaineering routes and for high altitude or distant expeditions where weight is the determining factor. The model comes with the Flex bar, which allows the foot free movement without over stressing the crampon.
New Matic Binding
An evolution of the Cramp-O-Matic system which utilises the C-O-M rear bale and lever. The plastic harness system is hinged from two front posts which retain the boot securely even if it has a shallow, worn front welt or overboots are being used. It is a simple and efficient binding, being far more versatile than the original Cramp-O-Matic style. Made in dual-component plastic: the black part is stronger, bearing the strain whilst the yellow part is softer, increasing adherence to the boot. The harness is made from the strongest, most durable plastic available -Zytel DuPont, which was developed for the manufacture of alpine ski bindings. Obviously it cannot last forever, so please, after long and severe use replace the harness the same way you would resole trekking boots or rock climbing shoes.
Range of use
Grivel's Air Tech Light Crampons (New Matic) are the lightest 12 point mountaineering crampon we offer. the 12 points gives you extra points of contacts over the more usual 10 point walking crampon such as the G10.
The New Matic binding gives a more secure fitting than a New Classic binding but you need a compatible boot. The Air Tech Light crampons are easily adjustable and the rear bail can be completely removed for tighter packing. They come with anti balling plates as you would expect. The light alloy construction is the key to their impressive lightness but this will impact on their durability compared with steel construction.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear