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Grivel G12 Crampon


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    From glacier strolls to grade 4 alpine ice, the Grivel G12 is ready.

    Alpine climbers and mountaineers count on the versatile Grivel G12 Crampons to take on any terrain they encounter in the mountains. The G12's time-proven design is an excellent choice for everything but the steepest pitches of ice.
    • Horizontal front points on the G12 reduce sheer in less-than-solid ice and other types of alpine funk
    • Three available attachment systems let you pick the perfect 'poons for your boots
    • Anti-balling plates keep snow from sticking to the bottom
    • Tool-free length adjustment
    • Item #GRV0050

    Tech Specs

    Boot Compatibility
    [cramp-o-matic] step-in, [new-classic] strap-on, [new-matic] hybrid
    Front Points
    Number of Points
    Anti-balling plates
    yes, included
    Claimed Weight
    (without balling plate) 1 lb 15.7 oz, (with balling plate) 2 lb 4.7 oz
    Recommended Use
    ice/mixed climbing, mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Great for Mountaineering

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I picked up these crampons after experiencing a fit issue with a different brand, and I'm pretty happy I did. The crampons were easy to adjust to the correct length and they fit my Koflach Degre mountaineering boots (US size 11) great. The crampomatic system makes them easy to put on and take off with gloves on. I've taken them up a few alpine climbs and some easy-to-moderate vertical ice, and they haven't let me down yet. They appear to be solidly built and durable - no surprise, as in my experience Grivel makes great products. They're a great crampon for mountaineering and easy-to-moderate ice.

    My only minor complaints are that I don't have an easy way to tuck away or otherwise secure the additional strap length after they're fully attached. It would be nice if there was a clip or something along the strap to tuck it away - I've been tying the strap back on itself but that has come loose a few times. Also, it would be nice if the crampons came with a bag.

    Great for Mountaineering

    Great Gift!

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

    I bought this for my mountaineering uncle for his latest summit up Mt Washington. He had this to say: "Glad I had the Cramp-O-Matics! They were easy to get on, even with my gloves on...and when it is that cold...taking the gloves off is not a good option."

    Good for BC ski and mountaineering

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

    I used these with the La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX mountaineering boot and my Scarpa ski boot and it fits perfectly. I have the cramp-o-matic version and that's the one I would recommend because of tighter fit than the New-matic.

    I use it for easier mountaineering trip and backcountry skiing. For that the crampon fits perfectly and feels very robust. I probably wouldn't use it for vertical ice climbing though and go with something a little bit more aggressive.

    Note on size: it fits my size 13 Scarpa Maestrale ski boot with a little bit of room to spare with the regular out-of-the box center metal bar. If you want to use it on very small boots, you will have to flip the center bar over. There is a nob that will make the center bar not fully extend.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This crampon can do just about anything. Whether snow climbing, vertical ice, or glacier travel these can do it all with confidence. Not to say they do everything the best, that's probably impossible, but these will not let you down in the mountains.

    They also adjust super easy to fit between a mountaineering boot and ski boot.

    I wish they came with a crampon bag. That's about the only "con" I have for the purchase.


    Hey Kyle - wanted to ask since it looks like you're using Scarpa Maestrales in your photo. What crampon binding are you using? I'm guessing the 'Crampomatic' style? Do you find they fit on the back of the boot well? Almost every other pon I've tried has interfered with the walk mode switch or hasn't been able to close fully. Thanks!

    Easy and solid.

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

    These were simple to pair with my La Sportiva Nepal boots. Snug, perfect match, easy to put on and super stable footing. Haven't tested them on super advanced terrain yet but can't wait. So far so good.

    awesome all-rounder

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I still love lighter crampons for skiing and approaches, but when rock and ice mix or long sections of ice appear on alpine routes, these are a good choice. Very durable, strong attachment, and decent price. I don't love frontpointing in them but they do the job just fine, and if you keep a pair of extended bars around they make a good no-fuss loaner pon. Plus the G12s hold their value better than most other crampons, so you can always upgrade with not too much loss.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've used those crampons with my koflach degree boots and they stay solidly in place. I've used them mainly on Rainier and Baker, and they've done the job. They are pretty solid, walking on rocks and ice. My only dissapointment is the top lever part in front will break, it seems pretty flimsy.

    Not Long enough for Scarpa Inverno 13

      Awesome crampons! Only problem - and it is a real problem - when I used my Scarpa Charmox Size 46 with it, no problem, it'll fit. when I used my Scarpa Inverno double boots size 13 with it, it will not fit. I was at Mt. Rainier (Ashford, WA) and I had to run to Whittaker Mountaineering Store to buy the long extended bar, and even with the long bar, it barely fits. Size 13 double boots is not extremely large, so becareful guys.

      The crampons work no problem.

      Great place to start

        These were my first pair of crampons, got them many years ago in the "new classic" style, strapped them to a pair of leather hiking boots and they were good to go. Did some winter mountaineering, climbed Shasta in them, and eventually had them out on WI2-3 ice. Great for all of these. Mine came with the anti-balling plates, and I never had any issues with snow building up. Easy to adjust, minimal maintenance. Perfect for what they are designed for.

        All around good

          This is not the best vertical crampon on the market but it is a pretty solid universal crampon. With 12 points you are guaranteed some traction at almost any angle. I use these when i am doing a lot of mixed mountaineering, never anything vertical, for that I use BD Cyborg's, Grivel Rambo's or Grivel 14. I like these a lot and usually bring these on gen mt. trips.

          Nice All-Round

            So far I've only had them on some gradual/easy routes in the sierras, but so far i really like them...

            definitely the easiest 12 point crampon ive used for simple snow/glacier travel, but also worked well for more vertical mixed far a nice compromise

            Stick to the ice

              Im a big fan of Grivel products. Their crampons are next to none as far as I am concerned. The G12 is no exception. The points are well angled well designed to last for a long time. I have ascended everything from vertical to gradual icy slopes with these and they haven't let me down, the cramp o matic design is great and very secure. These are a must have in just about every winter alpenists gear bag.

              What brand of crampons seems to be the best? I've always thought of black diamond or petzl but I've never heard of Grivel so I'm not sure if they are quality?

              Which attachment system would be best with AT boots? I am guessing the cramp-o-matic.

              Is it possible to use new-matic crampons...

              Is it possible to use new-matic crampons with lighter hiking boots (i.e. ones without a heel 'welt'), or are you forced to use a strap style??

              Unanswered Question

              Do the XL Cramp-O-Matic's already have the...

              Do the XL Cramp-O-Matic's already have the extended bar and are they wider than the non-XL version?

              Will these fit an AT ski boot such as the...

              Will these fit an AT ski boot such as the Salomon Quest 12?

              Is the New Matic photo ok? I think it is...

              Is the New Matic photo ok? I think it is a G10 new matic crampon, it not have 12 points.

              Hi, Just looking at the Grivel G12 with...


              Just looking at the Grivel G12 with the Cramp-O-Matic front bail. Question: What size range boots is the XL version designed for?


              These crampons only come in one size with the standard center bar. You can purchase the Grivel long bar separately which adds 30mm more ( long bar is 190mm) space to accommodate larger boots. Grivel advertises that the standard center bar should fit up to a size EU 47, which is US 14, though this would be unlikely in a pair of double mountaineering boots. From personal experience, I've fitted climbers with US 15 Scarpa Inverno plastic boot with the long bar and it fits well.

              Check out the Grivel Long Flex Bar:

              In looking into the cramp-o-matic G-12's...

              In looking into the cramp-o-matic G-12's I noticed that they offer the XL cramp-o-matic. I wear a size 12 boot. Will I need the XL? Thanks for the info.

              Hi ! I have Telemark NTN system and Scarpa...

              Hi !
              I have Telemark NTN system and Scarpa TX Pro boot.
              I need to know wich crampons is the best for this boot.
              Im shure someone out there has a good tip, wether this Grivel or another Grivel crampons is the best.

              Hi Bryan.
              Thx for reply !
              My problem is that I live in Norway, and Petzl is on the list for no export to here, and I also looked into Grivel products, seems quite good.
              Maybe, I should look for a Grivel one with strap, gives more flex.. comparing to the boots .
              Thx !

              Which style G12 would work with Hanwag...

              Which style G12 would work with Hanwag Omega boots - Cheers.

              Which style G12 would work with Hanwag...

              From the picture shown here, the Hanwag Omega has a sole that will accept fully automatic crampons. Meaning the heel and toe both have welts to accept the crampon. So, any model Grivel G12 would work: Cramp-O-Matic, New-Classic or the New-Matic. As far as which would be the best fit, I can't say, as I've never used this combination. I hope this helps.

              Why are there different points in the pics...

              Why are there different points in the pics of the crampomatic, new classic, and new matic? Are the latter two 12 pt crampons, or not? Also, do all versions come with abs plates?

              All of them have 12 points, the only difference is the attachment system. Grivel includes Antibott plates with all its crampons, so I'm assuming they all come like that from Backcountry (I got the New-Matics and they were included).

              I am planning to climb the Matterhorn...

              I am planning to climb the Matterhorn (Hörnli) with my wife in September. We have La Sportiva Nepal Evo an La Sportiva Trango Prime boots. Do you think these will work?

              Any of the three crampons you asked about will work with the two boots you've listed. The Grivel G12 is lighter than both the BD Pro and Clip Sabertooth, but sort of has two less points. This will give you less traction, but depending on the route, might not matter at all. I prefer the wire bail attachment system myself, but the BD clip sabertooth will work on other boots without welts in the front and back (like a light hiking boot).

              Will the new-matics fit on the La Sportiva...

              Will the new-matics fit on the La Sportiva Glacier boot or is it better to use the new classic?

              Im trying to figure out if I can use these...

              Im trying to figure out if I can use these with my size US 13.5 Koflach Degree (

              Or do I need to get the XL ones? Thanks!

              I am interested in the G12 for use on a...

              I am interested in the G12 for use on a fairly stiff snowboard boot (Burton Ion). I have headr that they fit well onto most lower-profiled snowboarding boots, but was wondering which attachment system would be best suited to snowboarding boots? Does anyone have nay experience with this, or for that matter, any other crampons in conjunction with snowboard boots?

              relating to Chris's question... if these...

              relating to Chris's question...

              if these are compatible with tele boots, which binding system in particular would be most compatible? hoping that the crampomatic step in system will work...

              How about with tele boots?

              How about with tele boots?

              Best Answer

              I have the G12 New-matic and the don't fit on my old Scarpa T2s. I can't speak for the Crampomatic. I think that Grivel makes a wide version that might work with tele boots. By the way the G12 is still an amazing crampon and I wear it whenever I'm not in tele boots.

              The Grivel site says these are "easily...

              The Grivel site says these are "easily folded for transportation." What does this mean exactly?

              I'm thinking about getting the new-classics....

              I'm thinking about getting the new-classics. I am interested in getting a pair of crampons that will work well for double boots as well as my regular hiking boots (LL bean Cresta Hikers) will these work/fit alright with my Cresta hikers?

              They would work fine for both, but be super careful about using these on regular hiking boots with soft soles.
              Its very easy to get yourself over your head going up something that you won't have the performance of stiff boots to safely get down.
              The strap binding isn't really that much more difficult to put on but its harder to be certain that you have a good connection whereas the newmatic feels a little more secure and is easier to verify.
              Of course if you plan on using these with hiking boots occasionally you can only get the new classic (strap version).