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The Petzl Lynx LL Crampon with Fakir Crampon Bag won't cook or pack your trip for you, but these versatile spikes will do just about everything else. Interchangeable front bindings integrate with regular boots as well as those without toe welts, and a stainless steel toe bail holds your foot fast. To complement this intuitive design, Petzl made the heel bail height-adjustable to incorporate the largest range of footwear possible.

  • Anti-balling plates help prevent dangerous buildup of snow and ice
  • Marked bars allow for easy and quick crampon adjustment
  • Optional L linking bar increases compatible range of boot sizes
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Lynx Lever Lock Crampons

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Best crampons I've ever owned. Used as step in with alpine boots. Absolutely no problems, easy on off. Used on low angle alpine ice with snow. Can't wait for steeper stuff.

Should be great once you get them fitted

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought these at the end of season because I've been unable to get a solid fit on my Phantom 6000s with either of my BD crampons. I tried both the wide and the low-profile bails on the BDs; neither gave a solid fit. At the suggestion of a friend I ordered the Lynx. This preliminary review only covers fitting.

I plan to use these for ice and mixed climbing, so had no interest in the plastic/steel front bail. Unfortunately those are the bails that come installed on the crampons. I thought getting bails on and off BD crampons was a pain, but these are actually worse. The wire bails are a bit better, though I did give myself a nice puncture wound moving one of them (SHARP points!). The length adjustment uses the standard pin on a spring tab; pretty straightforward. The rear clamps are easy to adjust, but seem to stick out from the rear of the boot more than BD rear clamps. I'll need some climbing to know if that's a problem.

The good news is that with the addition of the long connector bars (size 47 Phantom 6000s), I got a solid fit to the boots with the Lynx - good front point length showing and no side-to-side movement. The front bail also fits my Nepal Extremes, so with a length and front bail adjustment I can run those boots as well.

Have to wait for some ice to see how these climb. The pics shows one of my buds on Minnesota North Shore ice. If Lynxes work for me the way they work for this guy I'll be a happy camper.

Should be great once you get them fitted

Quiver of one

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

The Lynx is a great crampon and all you need to get you through four seasons of climbing. While it is pretty aggressive for a steep snow/alpine crampon the interchangeable toe bail allows you to wear this when wearing three season mountaineering boots such as the La Sportiva Trango or snowboard mountaineering boots. The point configuration also provides good purchase on low angle snow and glacier approaches. When it's time to get on vertical ice and mixed, slap on the wire toe bail and these match perfectly to ice boots/ski mountaineering boots.

Being able to run this dual or mono point is also nice, but any good crampon of this grade should have that option. The construction quality is excellent and the teeth stay sharp for a while. As a bonus these come with a great carrying case so you don't stab your puffy in your pack.

If you are looking for one crampon that fits a wide variety of boots and climbing situations, this is about as versatile as it gets.

Great Crampons

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I picked these up over a year ago and I have not been disappointed. They have seen use alpine climbing in the Tetons, as well as ice/mixed climbing in Idaho and Hyalite. The design allows me to fit them to my Nepal Cubes as well as my Trango Cubes. I could not be happier with this pair of crampons.

Let's Go Climb Some Icicles

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I picked up the Lynx because I wanted a modular set of crampons for ice climbing and somewhat technical ski mountaineering routes. I primarily use them as full autos with my Dynafit Khion boots and they fit well–the heel studs have very small (roughly 1mm) gaps on either side of the boot, but I took them out to beat on and got zero movement while kicking ice and scrambling on rock.
The toe points are extremely easy to swap between double or mono and the included crampon bag stops the points from murdering your puffy jacket.
As I said, the Lynx fit well on my boots, but I'm not in love with the Petzl heel lever/strap. The strap is too low to stop the heel lever from unclipping under extreme circumstances. Losing a crampon could be a death sentence, so I'm likely taking some friendly advice and picking up some Black Diamond heel levers to toss on the Lynx (they fit with zero modification).

Incredible versatility

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I generally like to climb with mono points, but that is not always the ideal setup for me, so short of owning a quiver of crampons, the Lynx is the ticket.

Even if your plan is to almost always climb in mono format, there are several reasons to consider the Lynx vs other options: the Lynx front points are modular, so when it's time to replace those, one does not have to replace the whole front of the crampon (like with the Darts); also compared to the Darts, the extra couple down points on the Lynx can be very helpful when on moderate terrain.

Learning how to change formats on the crampons does take some getting used to, but the beauty is that it can be done with minimal tools.

Photo: Leading the first pitch of Skylight, Camp Bird Road, Ouray, CO.

Incredible versatility

Cream of the Crop

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

These Crampons are spectacular. The Anti-balling plates on the bottom of the crampon are a really wonderful feature for mountaineering. really keeps the snow out and the crampons doing their Job. They are super easy to adjust. I have a size 38.5 La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX Mountaineering Boot and my husband has the men's version in 41.5. Both fit perfect, and the step in adjustable straps are easy to work with as well. The front spikes are great for ice climbing and the multiple adjustments is really convenient, however it is a little tough to change them around. These are hella sharp, i suggest you do not brush past them with your bare feet... it may cause bleeding.

First Crampons

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

These are the first and only set of crampons I've ever owned. So far I love them. The main advantage I see with them over the ones my partners use is the ability to go from mono point to dual point within a matter of ten minutes. This is nice when you wanna get the most outta your gear whether it be vertical ice routes to steep alpine ascents. It's also an added benefit to be able to use them with or without crampon compatible boots. Embrace the versatility! I'd def recommend these to anyone!

Awesome modular crampon

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

The Lynx crampon suits every occasion, and does it well. I personally use them primarily in the monopoint, toe-welt configuration, but I love that I can change to non-welt dual configuration for my summer boots. The whole process for both pons takes about 5 minutes. The BD Cyborg you have to permanently hack-saw the thing to switch to monopoint (seriously!). I don't understand how this could be called modular since its essentially a permanent alteration. In the monopoint, toe-welt configuration, the Lynx are also lighter than the Stingers. These crampons are expensive, but when you consider that you're essentially getting 2 or 3 top-end pons for the price its a steal. These paired with the Nomics pretty much cover all your bases.

The lynx does it all. And then some.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

For years, I've been looking for a crampon that'll do it all: spring mountaineering in a newmatic boot, vertical ice, and mixed climbing. The Lynx is able to do all of that--and it does it exceptionally well.

Maybe if you've got money burning a giant hole in your pocket, you can afford to buy enough crampons to use for each style of climbing, or maybe a pair for each day of the week...but if you're like me, and need one crampon that is versatile enough to use for a variety of activities, the Lynx is the ticket.

I really like these crampons. Looking forward to this upcoming season on them.

Be careful about sizing.

    Ordered the Lynx crampon and they seem sweet. Problem is I have a size 12 boot and the regulars only go up to 11.5. Argh!!! The website says "one size" so I thought I'd be okay. Don't make the same mistake I did. I called in and learned there's actually a "long" version. Make sure to ask for that. Just figured this out and unfortunately taking off tonight for my Denali expedition, without my crampons. In scramble mode now -- this totally sucks.

    Great pon

      Used these for the first time this winter and they worked great. There and so many configurations that this crampon can convert to there is no way to not like it. They are a little heavy and the bailing plates are a little stiff. This being said they still get the job done and that being that I don't really have a problem with them.

      How will these work with the Salomon Quest 4D GTX Hiking Boots or the Scarpa Mont Blanc GTX Boots? Also, any disadvantages to using these for both ice climbing and for mountaineering / ski touring??

      Best Answer

      This particular binding doesn't fit the Salomon quest 4d, but it fits the Scarpa Mont blanc very well. Note the small welt on top of the sole in front and back of the Scarpa mont blanc, that's where the binding attaches.

      You could use them for whatever, but there are certainly disadvantages. They're heavier than less aggressive crampons (like, Grivel G10 or something) and personally I'd prefer to keep these sharp for ice climbing and have something else for more casual crampon use. Also, walking on ice climbing crampons is sub-optimal, because they're rigid and the long, sharp front teeth are in a higher risk of piercing your pants.

      Given their modularity, how would these work out for split mountaineering on the Spark XVs? I also plan on using them with Sportiva Trango Extremes for ice/mountaineering, though I'm not concerned about the fit on those.

      Hi Matt!

      Psyched to hear that you are on the path to righteousness with Splitboard Mountaineering and Ice/Mountaineering!

      These would be your most ideal pair of Crampons for all of your pursuits. For your Splitboard Boots you'll probably need to get some extra-long Center-bars to make these crampons fit your boots but they're not that much extra compared to having to buy two pairs of crampons for both activities.

      Feel free to reach out to me if you if you need more specialized info/beta, I'm happy to work with you to get you set up for your next adventure!

      Will these crampons fit a size 46 La Sportiva Cube boot? Reading the reviews is it right that there is a long version? or is it a case of simply getting an extention bar?

      Unanswered Question

      This is more of a FYI on sizing. Just got these, haven't used them yet. But I have 11.5 (46 EU I think) US mens boots, Kayland M11+ (which run smaller). According to Petzl my boot is too big (45 EU is max for the Lynx) and you need the longer link bar, extra 30 bucks. A few hrs ago I fitted them up, didn't use the long link (ordered it in case), I was still I think 5 holes from the end. So if your boot size in on the edge, you ~may~ not need the long bar.

      Ski boot compatible?

      Ski boot compatible?

      Surely these are 2lbs as a pair, not...

      Surely these are 2lbs as a pair, not each?