The Grivel Air Tech Light Crampon is a lightweight, durable, and stable option that is well-suited for those who want a reliable and versatile choice for a mixture of terrain. Despite not being the best choice for steep slopes or ice, the ability of the crampon to work with a variety of boots and dig into the snow for ample grip makes it a good choice for any level of alpinist.
The Grivel G14 Crampon is a durable, functional, and versatile option. The G14 (with anti-balling plate) effectively resists snow buildup, works well on various terrain, and lets you switch between mono and dual front points easily and quickly. Despite the front points not being long enough for vertical ice climbing and being heavier, for those who don’t solely vertically climb, the high level of compatibility and versatility make this a great choice.
The Petzl Leopard LLF Crampon is a lightweight, compact, and relatively easy-to-use option that is great for skiers who want versatility with their crampons, and the ability to be compatible with various boots. Despite taking a little bit of time to get used to the crampon adjustment system, after the first few uses, users will appreciate the technically-easy set-up. Overall, these crampons are easy to transport, adjustable, and durable, making them a great option.
The Petzl Sarken Crampon calls itself “a crampon quiver of one,” and the people agree: this is the crampon you need if you only want one pair. With interchangeable parts and adjustments to fit many types of boots, the Sarken is suitable for all types of climbing and mixed mountaineering. The durability of the these crampons keeps them dependable for many years, and the snow plate keeps snow from piling up underneath. All in all, these are easy to use for many trips and are a good option for those who are buying their first pair of crampons and don’t know what adventures they will be going on.
The Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon is a great choice for anyone needing a durable, aggressive, and grippy crampon for relatively high-angle ascents and descents. The secure fit on all boots and shoes makes this crampon a top choice.
The CAMP USA XLC Nanotech Crampon is so lightweight that you’ll find yourself bringing it if there is any chance steep or firm snow will be encountered. The steel points add to its durability. This crampon does not fit all boots, however, so beware.
The Petzl Irvis 10-Point Crampon is impressively lightweight for a steel crampon. As a result, it is durable yet not too burdensome to bring on trips. Unfortunately, those with large feet may not be able to fit their longer boots into this crampon.
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.
These surprisingly durable aluminum crampons are very lightweight, which makes them an easy choice to throw in the pack when snow or ice might be encountered. While not intended for steep or technical ice climbing, they are super versatile and easy to fit in the field to different boots. As a result, they are a popular choice for hikers, backpackers and backcountry skiers.