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Grivel Air Tech Light Crampon


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Air Tech Light Crampon

Grivel Air Tech Light Crampons are ideal on mountaineering trips when cutting weight is a priority but you still need acceptable performance. Also a favorite among ski mountaineers who must carry crampons but do not use them often, the Air Tech Light Crampons are made with aluminum instead of steel to cut weight to a scant 16.79 ounces. Though they shouldn't be expected to climb steep ice, they offer excellent performance on compact neve.
  • Full strap attachment system lets these crampons be used on any boots
  • Select the New-Matic bindings for use with ski and mountaineering boots, or get the New Classic for the ability to strap these ultralight crampons on everything from big boots to running shoes
  • Horizontal, full-length front points for increased stability on steep snow
  • Anti-balling plates keep snow from piling up and compromising your traction
  • Item #GRV0049

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Replacing my ancient G12's

This is for the air tech light wide strap on. I've only strapped them onto my boot but they seem awesome. They go on extremely easy and are very secure. I'm replacing my 15+ year old steel, grivel G12 strap on crampons for something lighter. They claim 16 oz but that's WITHOUT the antiballing plates. They're still light at 20.8 oz with the anti balling plates. They fit my Fitwell backcountry snowboarding boot size 10.5/28.5 perfect. I didn't need a longer bar as others have stated. I'm actually one hole from the end too. These should be great for snowboard mountaineering.

Brooks, I am replacing my old crampons, How much wider are the wides? I will be putting them on my Jones TM Two XLTs (9.5) Think I could get away with the regulars?

>Rating: 5

Excellent, light weight crampon

I've put it through the wringer

I bought these primarily for the weight saving and was not disappointed. I'd thought, briefly, of removing the bot plates for further weight savings but glad I didn't. The bot plates work extremely well. Others with me without bot plates were having a lot of problems with sticking snow. I used these on the fairly steep Colchuck Glacier on compact snow and no ice with no problems. I also climbed the keyhole route up to Kokanee Glacier and on to Cond Peak and Kokanee Peak. I did ascend a fairly steep pitch of ice just below the keyhole on this route and was wishing the entire time that I wasn't on that pitch. I know they aren't recommended for ice and that was my bad. These work well for their intended purpose and I'll always have them with me when conditions warrant. So far I've used them only on Salewa Snow Trainers size 10 same boot as the mountain trainer with a winter sole and built in gaiter). On these boots I've only got one hole left on the adjustment bar so I can't imagine them fitting a size 12 boot.

Thanks for the review Jim!


grivel new classic

>Rating: 5

Air Tech Light

I've put it through the wringer

Gotta pick the right tool for the job but if you are looking for an ultralight boot to use on snow these are awesome! The New Classic binding will fit on anything from a ski boot to a trail running shoe. I use them year round when I don't expect to be doing extended walking on rocks or ice. Easy routes up cascade volcanos? Perfect! Ski mountaineering - steep bootpacks and lots of snow? Perfect! Not the right tool for steep ice or mixed climbing but if you are looking for light these are sweet! Strap system works great - I fit them to my biggest boots and cut the strap short. I am using the lightest bars and no need for the plastic accordion thing.

>Rating: 5


Very light and can be used with any boots. Great for mixed alpine travel there microspikes are not enough, but steel crampons and mountaineering boots are overkill.

>Rating: 3

disappointment out of the box

My 3 star rating is based completely on what I found out about these crampons out of the box. I have yet to use them, so I'll give them 3 stars because they are pretty solid construction and I expect them to still be awesome. I bought them to throw in my UL kit in the shoulder seasons and for medium use in winter. But first impressions out of the box: On my scale these crampons weight a little over 20 oz with regular flex bars and the flex bar accordians, not the 17 advertised. For most this isn't an issue, but when buying specifically because they weight so little it sort of sucks. On the new classics, you can't replace the metal strip bar with a screw and bolt to extend the size by 2 holes because you cant remove the antibott plates to put the nut on the screw. I think you can do this with the matic ones. So the regular flex bars worked for everything but my koflachs arctis exp (us 9.5, eu 9), which I had to buy the $15 long flex bars for. That said they seem pretty bomber and I'm still psyched about them, just a few out of the box blues.

If you measured them with the antibott plates installed then that is your extra 3 ounces over the advertised weight.

>Rating: 5

Very nice light crampons for general mountaineering

I have used these crampons on about 20 climbs so far, including Rainier, Hood, Baker, Little Tahoma, even more technicl Mt Jefferson Jeff Park glacier route. I haven't had any problems with them. I have used Stubai and CAMP lightweight crampons too but still love Grivel. I removed the antibott plates to save weight. No they are not designed to climb on steep ice. Get a pair of G12 or G14 for that purpose.

BTW, why the hell did backcountry put them under the category "Ice Climbing -> Crampons"? I have no idea. They simply are not.

>Rating: 5

Solid Performance

If you recognize the limitations of aluminum crampons, you will be happy with the performance of these Grivels. Just returned from Rainier, and I loved not carrying a heavy set to high camp. My route had no rock (I knew in advance there would be little to none). Turns out there was also very little hard ice, and none at much of an angle. They performed flawlessly on this climb. The anti-balling plates did their thing - not a single curse or ice axe tap necessary. As stated by an earlier reviewer, these will now always find their way into my early season day pack as well. One minor caution - I found the absolute limit of the adjustment range with a size 11 Koflach Arctis Expe. Boot sole length is almost 34 cm, and even with removing the quick adjust to gain the last bit of range I had to push hard and wiggle the boots into the bindings.

Take note of jm's comment re size - despite the claim 'fit up to size 12 US' on the Grivel website, they don't come close to fitting my size 12 Asolo TPS520 boots they miss by ~3/4 inch. There are extended extended flex bars available (190mm in place of the standard 160mm) at around $15/pr, but not everyone stocks them. If you take boots sized 11+ you will need them.

Same thing with my size 12 Salomon X Ultra Mid II GTX Hiking Boots. The Air Tech Lights are the exact same length and width as my Grivel G-10's. However, the posts that hold the plastic piece that the strap attaches to are narrower on the Air Techs than they are on the Grivel G-10s. Thus the boot would not slide as far back and forward thus making them too small. And as a further note, they do not make the extended flex bars in aluminum, you have to get them in steel which will make them heavier than they otherwise would be.

>Rating: 4


I've used the air tech light to climb the Catskill High Peaks...Slide, Hunter and Wittenberg this Winter and this crampon is all that Grivel claims it to be and more.Easy to light that it has become standard in my back pack all Winter. I would recommend this crampon to anyone tackling New Yorks High Peaks in Winter.

>Rating: 3

Broken teeth

I purchased these, snapped a tooth off climbing Rainier and a second tooth snapped off while climbing Pico. They may be light, but they aren't built to take on heavy duty climbing on ice.

Curious - What route on Rainier were you doing that involved heavy duty climbing on ice?

>Rating: 5

Climbing Mt. Hood and Shasta

I used the Air Tech Light Crampons climbing Mt. Hood and Mt. Shasta June 2006. They worked great. They have shorter, wider, and less sharp spikes, making them easier to carry and walk in and less likely to catch a gaiter, damage your rope, or poke you while handling them. The New-Matic fit works the same as the steel crampons, providing a solid fit. We climbed at night, and the ice was frozen nieve with rime ice near the summits, and they worked well front pointing the steeper sections on Mt. Hood. They don't seem as sharp as their steel counter parts, but I feel they would work well on water ice. While descending Shasta from Lake Helen in the blazing sun, they didn't ball up, partly due to the new anti-ball tubes covering the rail between the toe and heal sections. These will be my first and possibly only crampon choice.


I bought the hybrid (one size) crampons. I thought they would fit my splitboard boots, but the toe pieces are too narrow. They fit my mountaineering boots just fine, but I am wondering if it is possible to buy just the front half of the crampon in a wider size? That way I could just swap it out as needed. Perhaps an awkward question but thanks for any tips!

Hi Rebekah- Feel free to chat or call into us so we can help you try and find an option to meet each of your activities.


The Grivel website says that these come in a Cramp-O-Matic format. Will Backcountry be stocking this particular style of the Air Tech Light crampons?


What aluminum alloy does Grivel use? CAMP uses 7000 series, which is 3X as strong and 50% harder than common grade (6000 series).


'New Classic Wide' and' New Classic 'Do you have a somewhat difference is the width?


The auti-bott plates were removable for the old versions. But it looks like they are rivetted to the new crampons on the new versions now? The plates are great on soft snow. But when I know the temps will be sub freezing all the time, I don't want to carry the plates.

Just got these, and can confirm that the anti-balling plates are not removable, they are indeed riveted to the crampon. Still super light, but it's kinda weird they'd go with this design.


Write your question here... I bought a...

Write your question here... I bought a pair of the Air Tech Light New Classics last year and a friend assembled them for me. Just taken them out for a climb and a little bag with 2 screws and nuts is in there too. Am I right in thinking that these screws only need to be used if I want to extend the crampon by a couple of sizes, otherwise they can stay in their bag and I haven't actually missed a vital bit of the crampon assembly?! Cheers.

Carol, Yes, those screws and nuts are only needed for the extensions.


Hey folks, I have a couple of questions...

Hey folks, I have a couple of questions about boot fit. First, my mountaineering boots are Scarpa Mont Blanc size 46.5 (I think it's 12.5?) and they are pretty wide. BD Sabretooths have no trouble with length but are challenged by the width of the boot - the posts barely fit over the heel. Would Air Techs fit, even with extender bars? Second, the main reason I am looking at these is that I am thinking of wearing them with regular hiking boots on trips where I expect snow and rock but no ice. The hiking boots I favor have very flexible soles and are generally soft all-around. Has anyone tried these with soft boots, would they work? Any alternative suggestions? Thanks!


Grivel site does not mention a wide option...

Grivel site does not mention a wide option for these. Are these the one and only new classic version or are they wider than a standard unit? Thanks

Standard aluminum crampons. I don't know of any wide crampons, they're all kind of wide to accommodate mountaineering boots.

Thanks Ryan, i guess the question is: Are these the standard Grivel units or are they a wide-specific option?


Will there be any of the New-Matic version...

Will there be any of the New-Matic version coming in as shown in the photos?

Hey, Unfortunately not any time soon, sorry for the inconvenience.


I'm using these with snowboard boots...I...

I'm using these with snowboard boots...I want the classic version as opposed to the "matic" version...yes?