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    Irvis Hybrid Crampon

    Petzl specialized the Irvis Hybrid Crampon for approaches, ski tours, and glacier skiing. Its hybrid construction combines a solid steel front piece with a lightweight aluminum heel to lessen the weight without interfering with the crampon's durable performance. Petzl added a Cord-Tec flexible linking system so you can fold the crampon in half for compact storage in ski packs. This crampon comes with anti-balling plates and a carry bag for more convenience.

    • Hybrid crampons for approaches, ski tours, and glacier skiing
    • Leverlock Universal bindings accommodate step-in or strap-on boots
    • Cord-Tec flexible linking system folds this crampon in half
    • Antisnow plates and carry bag included
    • Item #PTZ005R

    Tech Specs

    [front] steel, [heel] aluminum
    Front Points
    Number of Points
    Anti-balling plates
    Boot Compatibility
    step-in, strap-on
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 1.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    ski mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

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    Perfect for ANYTHING under WI 3

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    For anything that isn't real technical ice climbing these things rock. The combo of light weight, possible flexibility, steel front points, and small packability make them amazing for so many things.

    I bought mine and at the same time got the flexible rear bail from Petzl so I could run them as a strap on crampon + auto and semi-auto . This is really where their hidden strength is, and don't really understand why petzl doesn't sell it this way stock. If you've ever put a regular strap on crampon on boots that don't have a rear welt + stiffness you know how awkward it is to walk in them. With the Irvis Hybrid + flex rear bail the crampon is allowed to flex with your foot/shoe so the awkward-ness is WAY less. Also if you use the technique of tensioning the dyneema cord as shown in the Petzl video for the Leopard they still feel more secure than any strap on metal bar crampon. I've actually done WI2 moves on Shasta in gtx trail runners and the Irvis Hybrids + one tool.

    They also work fantastically as fully auto crampons with my ski boots. Simple to put on (only the smallest bit more fiddly than traditional) and I'm always glad to have the steel front section as California always seems to have rock with it's snow.

    Yes you can see a little wear on the dyneema cable, but what'd you expect out of super light weight gear that gets stepped on? I'm sure in a pinch it'd be easier to find 5-6MM cord than a replacement linkage bar. Also lighter to carry a spare for that as well.

    These guys form my 2 crampon quiver the others being Petzl Lynx, might switch for something lighter for my technical climbing crampon.

    Impressive Performance

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    They are perfect for everything easier than true ice and mixed climbing and they have become my daily drivers. I have even spent a lot of time on rock with them; the cord shows very little damage but the aluminum heel does wear down faster than steel. The weight and space savings are significant. They are slightly more fumbly to put on one handed in steep terrain than traditional crampons, but you get used to it. I primarily use the basket style toe piece instead of the wire to piece and have had zero issues with them slipping or moving inappropriately. I usually pair them with La Sportiva Trango boots or TLT 7s.

    Awesome light/fast crampon

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This steel toe/aluminum heel crampon is fantastic for light/fast climbing and ski alpinism. Not the daily driver and not something to be stomping around on rocks with but if you will be primarily on snow and may occasionally encounter some ice, these are perfect. Used them for climbing Liberty Ridge on Tahoma and they were perfect. Light weight and pack up small but provide the purchase when you want it. Pair really well with the Gully Ice Tools! Best when used with the clip toe attachment rather than the strap. Good for climbing easy ice and very easy mixed (for me). I've had no issues with wear on the dyneema cord. I've banged it around and used it a bunch and it seems to be totally fine. I do inspect it fairly regularly and have a spare cord in my pack.

    Unanswered Question

    Do these come with both toe pieces so I can use them with ski boots and hiking boots?