Grivel Air Tech New Matic 2011

The Grivel Air Tech New Matic is a well-thought-out and very capable crampon. The 12 point spike 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 Grivel’s nifty AntiBott anti-balling plates, these 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. The binding system comprises of a heel clip and toe strap, which makes fitting extremely fast. A good set of instructions including diagrams ensures fitting is easy. For mountaineering, alpinism and winter climbing. But the Grivel Air Tech New Matic is definitely the crampon for those aspiring to the steeper stuff, so if you want a walking crampon then you would be better looking at some of the others.

Classification C2
Materials NiCroMo steel
Sizes one size to fit 36-47
Weight 940g (pair, including anti-balling plates)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 36

The Grivel Air Tech New Matic is a superb crampon for mountaineering, alpinism and climbing, and with relatively short spikes it is particularly suited to British winters’ thin snow and ice cover. It was adjudged the best mountaineering crampon in our test.

Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine January 2011