Grivel G12 New Classic
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The Grivel G12 is an all round crampon which utilises Grivel's strapping system. This system ensures a good fit on most 3-4 season walking boots. The G12's come with plates to stop them "balling up" and are rated to C2. Total weight : just under 1kg.
Grivel G12 New Classic Reviews
Reviewed by Tom Scott (Birmingham) on 2005-12-28:
General comments: These are the benchmark general mountaineering crampons. Perfect for most low-mid grade alpine routes. The design seems to have been copied by almost all designers and a good design it is too
I like the straps oevr the clips as this makes them much easier to get on quickly espec using gloves.
Have not had any problems with the crampons ballign up, even when not using the anti-bots.
Esay to sharpen too, just a light bit of filng, but only criticism is maybe they're not all that though, I managed to snap a point off the back of the crampons, nto sure how, but certainly not through any heavy use, probably as crampons were quite old.
Didn't get Anti-bots or a crampon bag with them would be my only small complaints, but they were bought many years ago so probably why
Point design is good too, they seem to bite quite well into moderate to steep ice, and found them quite secure on most stuff, dropped heel technique digs front 4 points in and spikes on heel seem in right place
Not too heavy either, nice classic crampons,
Pros: Not too heavy
No balling-up problems
Easy to adjust to fit 99% of boots
Cons: Didn't come with Anti-Bots
Not briliant on vertical ice
Not as secure as fully step in designs but not far off if adjusted properly
Reviewed by Andy (Fielding) on 2006-01-09:
General comments: If you can only afford one pair of crampons then get these! I've had my pair for 4 years now and they've been all over Scotland as well as the Alps and have regularly performed well both whilst walking and climbing up to grade IV on both mixed and ice routes. They are not totally rigid, with the front and back halves of the crampon joined by an adjustable bar, so probably not ideal for steep ice routes, although I'm sure they've climbed a few! However, not being totally rigid also has advantages: they are less likely to ball up and if your boots are past their best and becoming slightly bendy then these crampons will cope, especially with the "basket" design for both toe and heel making a disastrous losing of a crampon a lot less likely than with the more modern designs! The crampon points are all set so no options for trying out monopoints, changing the setup for different routes or replacing worn down front points but it would be unfair to expect these features from a crampon in this price range. So whether your'e new to winter and want to keep your options open, are looking for a first pair of climbing crampons or perhaps after an all-rounder pair for the Alps then G12's are for you.
Pros: Great all-rounders, secure, affordable
Cons: Not fully rigid so not best option for steep routes (above Scottish IVish). No monopoint option.