2F Crampons


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title 2F Crampons
Manufacturer Grivel
Page By Spud
Page Type Apr 25, 2002 / Apr 25, 2002
Object ID 221
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Product Specifications

Versatile Cramponmatics can be made rigid for ice climbing or hinged for glacier walking--also include anti-balling devices to prevent snow build-up. Step-in design allows easy on and off, even with gloves or mittens; ankle straps and front bale straps offer maximum security. Three-dimensional stamping and tempering gives the chromoly steel superior strength, rigidity and durability. Easy to fit to boot size, just flex and adjust--no tools needed. For glacier travel, flex at balls of the feet matches flex points of boots for better mobility and comfort. For vertical ice, accessory bolts (included) can be used to make crampons rigid. Poured latex anti-balling plates attach to the undersides of crampons to prevent snow and ice build-up and subsequent loss of footing. Plates flex to push snow off as you walk; latex remains pliable down to -40 degrees F.



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Spud - Apr 25, 2002 11:46 am - Voted 4/5

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The flexibility and versatility of these 12 point semi rigid crampons outweigh the inconvenience of the snow balling problem. Definitely make sure that you install the anti-balling plates or you will be walking on giant cookie cutters!

The 12 points are nice especially when ice climbing, but for long glacial ascents they do tend to catch on everything.

All in all, a great alternative than having one rigid and one flexible pair.

GuitarWIzard - Apr 27, 2002 1:18 am - Voted 4/5

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Not a bad pair of crampons....use 'em for trekking, snow/ice climbing, etc. Haven't had a problem with balling, and I don't use the anti-balling plates. Then again, a warm day in the dead of winter on Mt. Washington, NH is 15 degrees F. I don't use the bolts to make them "rigid" crampons, as my boots do a fairly good job of that. They are easily adjustable, and I haven't had any problems with the straps loosening or the crampons popping off. The points can be a pain in the ass to resharpen, but at the time I was using the file on a swiss army knife to do this....perhaps a regular file will do the job a lot better. Compared to other crampons out there, they're also 8-12 ounces lighter than most others, which is also a plus....

Brian Jenkins - Jun 21, 2002 1:09 pm - Voted 4/5

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These are great crampons. I got mine from the factory and had them put on the plastic Y-shaped front strap-on thinking that it would make for less wear and tear on my leather Makalus and so far it has worked well. Never had any problems with snow balling up with them either. No problems with the strap coming loose also. Haven't used them rigid yet but will in a couple of weeks when I get into ice climbing.................stay tuned.

Rahel Maria Liu - Aug 14, 2002 4:34 pm - Voted 5/5

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Great Crampons! I use them for all purposes around ice climbing and mixed climbing (on rock). I have had big problems with snow balling several times like my companions as well. One time, we had to make belay on a very exposed snow ridge only, because we all did not have our anti-balling plates with us. In soft snow, it's a big problem with the snow balling. Therefore normally I always wear the anti-balling plates on my crampons. With these, I have never had any problems of this kind. The only disadvantage of these crampons: The steel is quite soft, so that I have to sharpen them quite often, expecially after every longer mixed climbing route.

xray - Mar 7, 2003 12:24 am - Voted 3/5

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Just came back from climbing a waterfall in winter, and I like the G-14 better to do that. The G-14 is lower to the ground than the 2F, and give you more 'feel'. Also the vertical front points do hold better in steep hard ice. I like my 2F for moderate glacier walking, and short steep climbing, but there is a better machine: the G-14.

depclimb - Apr 9, 2003 12:25 pm - Voted 5/5

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If you only want to own one pair of crampons, own these. They are light in weight, can be used in rigid or semi-rigid format and climb steep ice pretty well for having horizontal front points.

StephaneFitch - Feb 4, 2004 7:24 pm - Voted 5/5

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These are sweet. Been using them for three years in the Cascades, and I've never had a complaint. Construction is bombproof, and once I get them on, I know they're absolutely not coming off. The antiballing plates are especially effective, really incredible at shedding snow. So far, I've never had to knock snow off my boot with my ice axe.

These may not be the best crampons for everybody. I use them 90% for general mountaineering and 10% for front pointing on ice. If you never ice-climb, you might go with the Grivel G12 or G10, which weigh 150 and 250 grams less. On the other hand, if you plan to ice-climb a ton, you might be happier with crampons that have vertical front points.

Bergshrund - Dec 21, 2007 2:28 am - Voted 5/5

Great For Glacier Use
These are my only set of crampons. Very durable - use them for glacier traveling and general mountaineering.

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