Air Tech Light New Classic Crampon


Air Tech Light New Classic Crampon
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Air Tech Light New Classic Crampon
Manufacturer Grivel
Page By Augie Medina
Page Type Aug 7, 2008 / Aug 7, 2008
Object ID 5516
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Product Description

A light crampon for general use (but not mixed climbing). The crampons come with anti-bott sheets, important for safety in wet snow conditions. Made from light alloy materials, the crampons weigh just 23.7 ounces. These crampons feature a bellows-shaped elastic cover for the crampon’s center bar to prevent snow build up. This "Flex-Regulation" center bar accommodates virtually any type of footwear. The crampons are fully adjustable by hand so no tools need to be carried.

Product Detail

Retail price: $158.00

Material: Light alloy

Weight: 23.7 oz. (670 grams)

3D relief stamped points: 12

Rigidity: Semi-rigid

Fully adjustable by hand (no tools needed)

Sizes: One size fits all

Type of boot: adaptable to any type of hiking shoe or boot

Straps: single strap closure system

Hard plastic front and rear harnesses

Special bellows-shaped elastic cover to prevent snow build up on the crampon’s bar

Includes anti-bott sheets



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Augie Medina - Aug 7, 2008 3:45 am - Hasn't voted

A Trade-Off
I bought a pair understanding that there is a trade-off between weight and durability and limits on the type of terrain you can use these crampons on. In short, they are for use on hardpack snow and frozen granular conditions, but keep them off rock or they will become a one-time use item. The light alloy points are just too fragile to stand up to rock. I would also be reluctant to use them in conditions of hard water ice.

Apart from their lightness, they are very easy to put on and take off, and will fit virtually any type of hiking shoe or mountaineering boot. In short, they can be an excellent addition to your mountaineering gear provided you understand their limitations. But when you won’t need steel crampons, the weight these Air Tech Light save you can be a major advantage.

geoffirons - Aug 27, 2008 8:43 am - Voted 5/5

An excellent 2nd crampon
I know not everyone will be comfortable with aluminum crampons. But, if you're in the market for a second set of crampons, these are wonderful. My wife and I used them on Mt Rainier (Emmons Glacier route) and they were perfect. Another benefit: because they are so light, you will be more inclined to carry them "just in case" you might need crampons.

reddog115 - Aug 13, 2010 12:56 am - Hasn't voted

Not impressed
I bought these for my Mt. Rainier climb last month. During my descent, (DC route) one of them popped off my boot. I went to put it back on and noticed it was missing a tooth and the center bar was broken toward the front. I really liked them up until that point. Granted, I did cross Cathedral Gap and the DC with a lot of rocks. Next time I'm going with steel.

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