Description

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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4 5

Underrated

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Alright I'll be honest, I only own a pair of BD cyborgs. But I've used these a couple times and have strong enough opinions to write about! First, I think the purely vertical frontpoints are overrated most of the time. The ice isn't always SO cold that you need it. In plastic sticky ice, I always wish I had something with more hood, like this. And it works great in the alpine too! I would really recommend this crampon to people who are on the fence about it being a hybrid, because it has excellent performance! The next crampon I buy, I might just go back to this one. One bummer though; you can't replace the frontpoint. So if you DO throw some mixed climbing in there, your crampons life is gonna be a lot shorter. That's the only reason I knocked it a 4

4 5

Definitely are the one for all..

Haven't had a chance to put them to good use yet - Winter is almost here though!

The Leverwire fits perfectly on my Scarpa Freedom SL ski boots and Scarpa Mont Blanc's..

Will endeavor to write up my thoughts after taking them up Orizaba in November.

Definitely are the one for all..
Ice climbing Italy

Ice climbing Italy

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...

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

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

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

Best Answer Responded on

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

Responded on

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?

will these fit over ski boots?

Responded on

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

Does Petzl make a replacement front point...

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.

Responded on

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...

Will the Sarken Leverlock work with Scarpa Triolet boots?

Unanswered Question

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

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...

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)

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...

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.

Responded on

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

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.