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Petzl Sarken Crampon

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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
    • Item #PTZ0234

    Tech Specs

    Material
    steel
    Boot Compatibility
    [leverlock] hybrid, [leverwire] step-in, [spirlock] hybrid, [sidelock] hybrid
    Front Points
    dual
    Number of Points
    12
    Anti-balling plates
    yes, included
    Claimed Weight
    [sildelock] 2 lb 1.5 oz, [spirlock] 2 lb 1.8 oz, [leverlock] 2 lb 3.6 oz, [leverlock fil] 2 lb 2.15 oz
    Recommended Use
    mountaineering, ice/mixed climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

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    Great crampons

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I've used a pair of these for the past 7 years of ice climbing about 30 days/yr. Each year I file them down and their end might be coming to a close. They climb everything really well from WI1 scrambling to WI5 and have never had any problems as well as mild mountaineering found in New England. They fit great in Kayland Apex XT, Sportiva Nepal and Koflach boots that I have. Though an issue with all the Petzl crampons is their tiny buckle which is almost impossible to use with gloves on when you're cold and tired at the end of the day. Over time their front tip point becomes quite rounded and no matter how much I file, can't seem to get that pointy at the tip. That may be an issue with all crampon points.

    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

    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..

      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).

        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.

          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.

            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.

              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

                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".

                  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.

                  Good frontpoints but they aren't replaceable

                    This is a nice all-around crampon - works well on mixed snow/ice terrain, and light enough for glacier work. In particular, I like the shape of the frontpoints, especially for vertical snow conditions (they get nice and wide near the back of the fps).

                    That said, you can't replace them. You have to replace the whole front piece, which is obnoxious.

                    Finally, I can find no discernible advantage to the Sidelock. In fact, it's kind of a pain in the ass.

                    Waiting for my new pair...

                      I trully loved these crampons! Climbed from long snow plods to extremely tecnical mixed ice and rock routes to steep 60-75 degrees nevé and ice, from Patagonia to the Alps. Always felt extremely safe. With the automatic system I could put them on and off with only one hand and gloves on. And once they were in they would not budge. These are a lot lighter and with a lot less fuss than the more technical ones which don't really perform on snow. One of the most versalite crampons I had ever come upon. When these babies got recalled I just could not believe, I ended up waiting almost 2 years for the new version to be released before trading mine in. Still waiting for the new pair to arrive (I live in Brazil, not the #1 ice climbing country...), which should take another month, but very excited to see some brand new Sarkens on my boots.

                      Hey! Can the two front teeth of the sarken crampons be converted to a more aggressive tooth set up like what's found on the lynx? Thanks for your help!

                      Hi Paul!

                      Thanks for reaching out to us, great question! These crampons are not modular nor specifically modifiable like the Lynx. What application would you be using crampons for? Traditional Mountaineering? Ice climbing?

                      Need more info/beta? Want help getting geared up for your next adventure? Feel free to reach out to me directly @ nreed@backcountry.com

                      How well would these work with the Mammut Nordwand boot?

                      These will work great with the Nordwand boot as the Nordwand boot is step in compatible. If you have any questions or would like to get an order going please contact me at the info below



                      Dan Gates

                      Expert Gearhead

                      Office: 800-409-4502 ext. 4491

                      dgates@backcountry.com



                      Will these work with Scarpa T1 Tele boots?

                      Derek,



                      For the Scarpa T1's, you'd want a step-in crampon since you'll run into interferance at the toe.



                      The major problem with combinding tele boots with crampons is front pointing. It'll be possible to get a step-in crampon onto your tele boots, boot the length of the duck bill will cause issues front pointing.



                      What type of terrain are you looking to do?



                      Here is a link showing a picture with what it'll look like with the duck bill sticking so far out as compared to the front points:



                      http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2376877/Tele-boots-and-crampons



                      Jared D.

                      Expert Gearhead

                      800.409.4502 ext 4055

                      jdowns@backcountry.com

                      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

                      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

                      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.

                      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.

                      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

                      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)

                      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.

                      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).

                      Question about choosing a binding system....

                      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.

                      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?

                      Hi, Any ideas if I could mix and match...

                      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?

                      Best Answer

                      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.

                      Write your question here...I have a pair...

                      Write your question here...I have a pair of Lowa ( Civetta ) size UK 14.5 . The sole is approx. 370mm x 120mm . Will these crampons fit ?

                      Best Answer

                      I use a size 46.5 (Euro) boot, which is about size 12 in a UK boot, and I have to use nearly the last holes in the adjustment bar. However, Petzl sells an extension bar that will fit these crampons for about $10. Voila. (PS. These are freakin' great crampons)

                      What year are the Petzl Sarken's listed...

                      What year are the Petzl Sarken's listed on your site? Are these the newer models? Thanks