We’ve read the reviews on the web for Grivel Air Tech Light Crampon and summarize the results below:
Peak Score: 88 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.4 stars
Expert Rating 4.5 stars
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Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Lightweight and effective on everything but steep ice
- Can be used with any boots
- Great for ski mountaineering
- Plays the perfect role between when microspikes aren’t enough and steel crampons are too much
- The anti-balling plates work well and can be removed to save a few ounces
- They have shorter, wider, and less sharp spikes, making them easier to carry and walk in
- Top contender for best overall crampon because it is so light and versatile
- A great summer alpine crampon
Reasons NOT to buy:
- If your boot size is bigger than US 11, you’ll likely need to buy an extension flex bar to make them fit, and unfortunately the extension only comes in heavier steel
- Two spikes broke off when using them on hard ice
- With the strap version of the bindings, the strap slid around a bit too much on hard plastic ski boots
Even though they are made of aluminum and are very lightweight, these crampons provide great confidence on ice and snow. They are not made for steep ice, but they have excellent performance in compact snow and lower angled ice. Try to avoid using them on rock, as numerous reviews have noted that spikes broke off.
User rankings were reviewed on backcountry.com, amazon.com, and moosejaw.com. Expert rankings were reviewed on outdoorgearlab.com and sierradescents.com.