Grivel G12 Crampon

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Grivel G12 Crampon and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 98 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.9 stars 
Expert Rating: 5 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 113

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Strong and durable.
  • Doesn’t show wear-and-tear.
  • Straps are cinched easily and are solid.
  • The front is aggressive and adequate on steep and icy slopes.
  • The stiffness helps in performing on all footwear.
  • The horizontal spikes can perform just as well on vertical ice, as well as less-technical terrain.
  • The toe bails fit snug to climbing boots and touring boots.

Expert Reviews

  • Available in 3 different binding systems.
  • Provides great traction.
  • Simple and versatile.
  • Relatively lightweight.
  • Features a wide-fitting attachment option to increase versatility.
  • The crampon has long and pronounced secondary points, aiding to the stability on vertical ice.
  • Features a clip-on heel and cup-type front for comfort and stability.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Would not recommend these for mixed climbing or overhanging lines due to lack of extreme technical ability.
  • No easy way to secure the extra strap length.

Expert Reviews

  • The heel has a plastic piece, which can undergo wear-and-tear.
  • A build-up of ice in between the sole and the plate may occur, hindering traction.


The Grivel G12 Crampon is a top-of-the-line option that excels on almost all terrain. The durability, aggressive front of the crampon, and versatility make these a great choice for any alpine adventurist who will be climbing steep and icy terrain.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.