Grivel Air Tech New Matic (2014)

For tackling more challenging terrain, the Grivel Air Tech New Matic provides 10 points to give grip on level ground, plus two front points for steeper slopes. There are eight downward-facing points that are 3cm long and two downward-facing points that are 2.5cm long. In addition, four of the spikes are rotated through 90 degrees to give a better grip when descending slopes, while two are set wider apart across the base to provide a more stable placement on each step. This all adds up to a superior level of grip on a wider variety of terrain than most crampons can offer. There are anti-balling plates fitted that pop out when compressed to spring the snow away from the sole before it has time to stick, so it’s extremely unlikely that these crampons will ball up with snow. Length adjustment can be achieved without tools, and the crampon is fitted to the boot with a toe cradle and heel clip (New Matic binding). It is, however, also available with other forms of binding, to allow it to be used with a wide variety of boots. This crampon is highly recommended for more challenging terrain and is ideal for use on 4-season boots for general mountaineering, alpinism, mixed snow and ice-climbing.

Classification C2
Materials NiCroMo steel
Sizes one size fits 36-47cm
Weight 940g (pair size regular with anti-balling plates)
Website www.grivelgb.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Grivel Air Tech New Matic was voted the crampon that was best for mountaineering in this test.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2014