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One crampon to rule them all.

Petzl designed the Sarken Crampon for those who crave versatility when heading into variable, mixed terrain. This 12-point crampon features T-shaped front points for easy penetration in hard ice, and structural reinforcements on both sides of the frame to create a stable platform. The four rear teeth give you stability while descending down icy slopes, and lateral points give you grip while traversing. The Sarken’s linking bar can be set for flexible or semi-rigid to adapt to different environments and boot flexibilities. Boots larger than size 46 require the large linking bar (sold separately).
  • Hooded front points for better shear resistance in steep snow
  • A variety of attachment options provide the ideal fit to your boots
  • Versatile design ideal for mountaineering and alpine climbing

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Ice climbing Italy

Ice climbing Italy

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The Sarken did the job real nice on mixed ice and on the spicier flutes of Cogne valley, Itlay. Ciao

Unanswered Question

Are these the Sarken V2 updated version...

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Are these the Sarken V2 updated version or the older style ones?

Will these fit the Deeluxe Spark XV boot?...

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Will these fit the Deeluxe Spark XV boot?
both my BD sabretooth and cyborgs do not..

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Reid,
The fit of the crampon is highly dependent on the size of your snowboard boot. What isn't fitting? I assume you mean the toe or heel of the boot is too wide to fit the crampon's strap on attachments. If the length is the issue, you can always add a long center bar accessory, since all crampons come with the shorter standard center bar. Check it out: http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-long-center-bars?ti=UExQIENhdDo6MTozOmJjc0NhdDgxMTEwMDEzMg

Alternatively, I'd recommend Grivel crampons for wider snowboard boots, they tend to have the better fit. Check out the Grivel G12: http://www.backcountry.com/grivel-g12-new-classic-crampon?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6Z3JpdmVsIGNyYW1wb246MTo1OmdyaXZlbCBjcmFtcG9u

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The length and width are ok, its the height of the heel welt, its .5cm lower than my mountaineering boots. The heel bail and micro adjuster are just short of getting a good clip.
Without taking the boot to a gear shop (I live in the mountains so thats not easy) I'm just trying to get as much info as I can.
The Petzl spurlock system sounds like its a better fit for boots with a low heel welt.

will these fit over ski boots?

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will these fit over ski boots?

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For use with ski boots I would get the Leverwire variant for maximum security.

Does Petzl make a replacement front point...

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Does Petzl make a replacement front point piece for this crampon? I have not been able to find this part on petzl's website - curious if anyone has had experience with this.

After 2+ seasons of ice climbing every weekend the front points are in need of replacement.

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B,
These front points are not replaceable. Black Diamond Cyborg and Grivel G14 crampons do have replaceable front points though. You can also sharpen your crampon points by hand with a flat bastard file or carefully take them to a bench grinder.

Check out how to sharpen your crampons: http://vimeo.com/51644205

Will the Sarken Leverlock work with Scarpa...

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Will the Sarken Leverlock work with Scarpa Triolet boots?

Unanswered Question

Hi, i am new in ice. I bougth this crampon,...

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Hi, i am new in ice. I bougth this crampon, and i want to use then in the flexible mode but i don't realize how to do it. My boots are number 45 and i have to use the last holes of the linking bar.
Thanks

Anyone know if the "leverlock" style will...

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Anyone know if the "leverlock" style will work with the minimal amount of heel welt that Lowa leather hiking boots has (not sure what style I have, may be a Ranger GTX or Baffin, but they all seem to have the same heal profile)

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If you have a "heel welt" it work

3 5

Not bad, not my favorite

A perfectly capable ice climbing crampon, however with my kicks I felt it displaced too much ice. My problem is the inability to change out the front points, as this is advertised as an ice climbing/mountaineering crampon. After a few years of climbing mixed alpine routes and mountaineering with this I'd be afraid what the front points would look like. I personally prefer the BD Cyborg as a one-size-fits-all crampon (although I haven't climbed in the Lynx's yet, so my opinion may change).

5 5

Sweet crampons!

Been using these for just shy of a month now and I couldn't be happier with them. Mostly been on steep hard snow but have run into some mixed sections and they handled it perfectly. I went with the leverwire version, super easy easy to put on. Not to much of a hassle to do with gloves on.

Two Questions:
1.) How well would these...

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Two Questions:
1.) How well would these fit on Scarpa boots (the Mont Blancs in particular)
2.) What style of binding would be recommended for general winter mountaineering with a few pitches of ice?
Thanks.

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These will work well with the Mont Blanc, just get the lever wire model. I have't ice climbed with this specific model, but I have with other similar Petzl crampons. They work well. You might also check out the Black Diamond Sabertooth. They have horizontal front points, but climb ice just fine. If you want a dedicated ice climber, you can also check out the Petzl Dartwin, or Black Diamond Cyborg (my personal favorite vertical ice crampon).

Sarkens in action on Lake Louise

Sarkens in action on Lake Louise

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Outside Dubois, WY in the Southern Wind River Mountains.

Photo Copyright - www.stephenkoch.com

5 5

Excellent all-around crampon

In a world of increasing specificity, the Sarken stands out as a solid all-around crampon. The 12 point design coupled with hybrid front points (vertical AND horizontal) create a platform that is both very stable when using French technique (flat foot), as well as having the punch needed to penetrate hard water ice when front-pointing. The Sarken excels in the mountains, where you are likely to find a mixed bag of conditions. The 12 point design gives excellent lateral support on neve, the aggressive secondary points offer good purchase on vertical terrain, and the anti-balling plate keeps soft snow from balling up under foot. Choose Leverlock for ease of use and adjustability, or sidelock for a focus on steeper, more technical terrain. The Sarken will climb rock, but the long front points mean additional leverage to your calf on long sections of mixed climbing.

5 5

Excellent all-around crampon

In a world of increasing specificity, the Sarken stands out as a solid all-around crampon. The 12 point design coupled with hybrid front points (vertical AND horizontal) create a platform that is both very stable when using French technique (flat foot), as well as having the punch needed to penetrate hard water ice when front-pointing. The Sarken excels in the mountains, where you are likely to find a mixed bag of conditions. The 12 point design gives excellent lateral support on neve, the aggressive secondary points offer good purchase on vertical terrain, and the anti-balling plate keeps soft snow from balling up under foot. Choose Leverlock for ease of use and adjustability, or sidelock for a focus on steeper, more technical terrain. The Sarken will climb rock, but the long front points mean additional leverage to your calf on long sections of mixed climbing.

Question about choosing a binding system....

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Question about choosing a binding system. I have a pair of Mad Rock Alpinist boots and I am largely undecided on what binding system will be the most stable, reliable and appropriate for everything from standard glacier travel to steep front pointing in snow and ice. I am hesitant to go with the sidelock due to mixed reviews and the minimalist nature of the design. I have been leaning towards the leverlock. Any help would be appreciated.

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Definitely go with the leverlock. It's easiest and most secure.

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if you are only going to be using them on that boot, get the lever wire because it is a more precise bind and is less likely to fall of or be misfit. the alpinists r automatic compatible so u can put them on them , but if u were to use the pons of a boot with only the welt in the back I would get the leverlock because then they are more versatile, help?

5 5

Still going

This is "the" crampon for techy alpine routes. Very light, great anti balling plates. Easy to adjust between ski and ice boots. Used these on 3 Himalayan expeditions (lots of walking and climbing on rocks) and the points still have loads of life left in them. The points do not dull nearly as fast as some of the other crampons out there.

Still going

Hi,

Any ideas if I could mix and match...

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Hi,

Any ideas if I could mix and match Grivel and Petzl - I have Grivel Air Techs for alpine, and would be interested in getting the Sarken for steeper climbs (where vertical front points would be usefull) - To minimize the bulk, I would like to use the rear and the linking bar from Grivel (as I have the long bar for my 12.5 foot already for the Air Techs), and simply use the front part of the Sarkens - I guess the big question is, will Grivel linking bar fit through the Sarken fronts - is the bar the same size (width is the only that counts) with Petzl and Grivel?

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I really recommenced against this. Manufacturers use specific tolerances and materials that don't usually transfer between companies or models. The Grivel Air Techs are VERY similar to the Sarkens anyway- unless you own the Air Tech LIGHT model which are very different because they are made of alloy not steel. Because of the design features, Sarkens walk well on glaciers and gentle snow slopes but still climb steep ice/rock/mixed terrain well. Plus, you can also purchase a Petzl extension bar for larger shoe sizes for about $10 bucks.

5 5

Versatility and John Daly "bite baby bite".

After much obsessing I have yet to find a crampon this lightweight with equal performance in the alpine arena. The Sarkens are extremely versatile. The front points are oriented with both vertical and horizontal bars (essentially a "T" shape) which means they penetrate steep alpine ice AND bite into vert-snow, yet manage to resist sheer in combo-mank. Although, I say "ixnay" on the Sidelock binding system- unless you like a funky fit. The anti-ball plates work well and don't shatter when cold kicking. In my opinion, this is the best all-round performing crampon on the market.

Versatility and John Daly "bite baby bite".
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I agree with Don about the versatility of the Sarkens but disagree with his notion that the sidelock binding is a funky fit. That being said, I have not used it with big 8,000 meter boots. But for both leather and standard plastic mountaineering boots, the sidelock bindings offer a cleaner and tighter fit than pretty much any other binding on the market. They do take some getting used to to put on and a bit of flexibility helps.

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Side locks don't fit any of my size 45 boots good enough that I'd trust them to climb on. Hard to get on as well.

Obviosly not the case for every boot size.

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