The Grivel Air Tech New Matic – Heel Clip 12 Point 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 the rock and mixed ground that is so typical of British mountains. 3D relief stamping boosts structural strength without compromising weight. The crampons are supplied with Grivel’s nifty Antibott anti-balling plates, which pop out the snow before it has a chance to ball up. All adjustments to crampons and plates can be made without tools, which is a useful feature. 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 too. The Grivel Air Tech New Matic – Heel Clip 12 Point is a superb crampon for mountaineering, alpinism and climbing. They will happily cope with winter Munro-bagging, 4000m-plus peaks and high-end climbs.
Materials NiCroMo steel
Sizes one size fits 36-47cm
Weight 940g (pair including anti-balling plates)
The Grivel Air Tech New Matic – Heel Clip 12 Point is best for mountaineering.
Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine January 2012