Grivel Airtech Newmatic AntiBott
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Advanced technical design and cutting edge materials combine to create this highly effective crampon. The positioning of the two front points means that ten points are used on ice walks, while on traverses or descents the full twelve are brought to bear for maximum grip. The Airtech could be the new benchmark for judging all crampons. Please note, this page also covers the new Grivel Airtech Newmatic GSB (C2).
Grivel Airtech Newmatic AntiBott Reviews
Reviewed by Phil Stevens (Canterbury) on 2006-03-07:
General comments: Really like these poons, my G12s were getting tired so i decided to lose a bit of weight. These are amazingly light, yet after a few uses it appears they will still be very durable and long-lasting - perhaps not as bullet proof as G12s though. The 10-12 point system claimed by Grivel actually seems to work very well, and the antibott plates are amazingly effective on these crampons - perhaps more than on G12s. I haven't done any easy grade climbs in them yet, but they look like they could probably manage Scottish II/III. However, I'd guess that any mixed stuff would really upset them as the front points aren't really that aggressive and certainly aren't going to last on rock. G12s are a better all-rounder than these, but for alpine these definately have the edge. Newmatic fitting works very well with my Freney Pros, but I had to fit the super assymetric bar to get a good fit.
Pros: Build quality & finish (as with all Grivel), weight, new 10/12 point stuff, antibott, fit with super ass. bar.
Cons: Had to spend tenner for good fit with replacement bar, won't last as long as a G12 or be as good for climbing
Reviewed by Richard Godden (Carlisle) on 2007-02-08:
General comments: I bought the "Light" version of these crampons with the "New Classic" binding system just before Christmas. I bought the strap binding system purely so I could use them on both summer (for traversing the snow capped peaks) and winter boots (for more long term exposure). The strapping system is a great little design as you can strap the boot most of the way up before setting off and then just tighten it up when you need to put them on. Can be fiddly to get undone with cold hands, I'm sure there's a knack to it, but I haven't mastered it yet and the instructions are next to useless. I'm a walker, not a climber, so I got the "Light" version so the weight is less noticeable in the pack. While made of an alloy so they won't be as strong as steel, I'm sure they will be fine for walking/scrambling just not climbing. The flexible bar makes them great for walking giving you that little bit of give that you just don't get with solid bars. Only used them the once so far, but nothing has bent/broken yet... always a good sign! Haven't used in snow yet, but anti-bot plates are a mission to get on/off. I'm inclined to leave them on even when just using them on ice.
Pros: Very light. Flexible enough for both summer and winter.
Cons: Could make the anti-bot easier to add/remove. Instructions for the binding system could be better.
Reviewed by Paul (North wales) on 2009-11-09:
General comments: Had a pair of these for about 18 months, very light and sharp when new, worked well on snow and glacial treks. AVOID ROCK at all costs in any form blunts them off at a rapid rateand asd happened to mine the points braek off.
Pros: very light.
actualy lasted longer than expected
Cons: should only be used on snow.