Grivel G12 New Matic

This is a classic crampon for regular use in snow and ice, when you know you are going to be battling over the white stuff all day. You get 12 points with four points rotated through 90 degrees to prevent slippage on slopes. The points are along and sharp, making them ideal for deep snow and ice. There’s 3D relief stamping throughout for extra strength too. The crampons are supplied with Grivel’s AntiBott anti-balling plates, which kick out the snow before it has a chance to settle. 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 regular winter walking in good snow these are ideal. But the price may put you off, and there are lighter crampons. For mixed terrain the Grivel AirTech would be a better choice as it has shorter points. The points are long and sharp so they are much more likely to catch on your gaiters and they are therefore less suitable for beginners. They’re a bit heavier than some other crampons.

Materials NiCroMo Steel
Classification C2
Sizes one size to fit 36-47
Weight 950g pair with anti-balling plates
Made in Italy
Stores in UK 120

Verdict Superb all-round crampons for mountaineering, alpinism, mixed climbing and general mountain walking.