Grivel Air Tech New Matic 2009

The Grivel Air Tech New Matic is a well-thought-out and very capable crampon. The 12-point arrangement has a mix of long and short spikes with serrated back edges. This spike set-up is perfect for both snow and ice, but will also cope with prolonged movement over rock and mixed ground. There’s 3D relief stamping throughout for extra strength too. The crampons are supplied with nifty Grivel AntiBott anti-balling plates, which pop out the snow before it has a chance to ball up under you. These plates can also be replaced without the need for tools, which is useful for travellers through the mountains. The binding system comprises of a heel clip and toe strap, which makes fitting extremely fast. A good set of instructions with diagrams ensures fitting is easy. For winter mountaineering, Alpinism and winter climbing. But the Grivel Air Tech New Matic is definitely the crampon for those aspiring to the steeper stuff – for a walking crampon you would be better off with Grivel’s 10-point option, the New Classic.

Classification C2
Materials NiCroMo Steel
Sizes one size to fit 36-47
Weight 980g pair with anti-balling plates
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK no info provided
Stockist details tel. (0191) 296 0212, www.mountainboot.co.uk
Verdict
The Grivel Air Tech New Matic is a superb crampon for winter mountaineering, Alpinism and climbing.

Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine January 2009