WINNER: Chris Oldfield
Grivel are giving you the chance to win a pair of Air Tech Crampons which will be perfect for the long overdue Scottish winter! The Air Tech is a 12 point crampon which is ideal for use in both Scottish winter mountaineering as well as classic and technical Alpinism. For your chance to win, simply answer the question at the bottom of this article.
The Air Tech weighs 790 grams per pair and folds up into itself so it takes up minimal space in your pack. Over all the Air Tech is a great all rounder for everything but steep difficult ice routes.
The crampon comes with 3 options as a binding system:
Cramp-o-Matic: A well known system which relies on a nylon speed lever at the rear and a stainless steel front bale to hold the boot. Quick to put on, these bindings are perfect for plastic mountaineering boots that have a rigid sole and substantial heel and toe welts. The stainless steel safety strap, which was invented by Grivel, is permanently mounted on the front bale and prevents total loss of the crampon should it be forced off of the boot.
New-Matic: An evolution of the Cramp-O-Matic system which utilizes the C-O-M rear bale and lever. The plastic harness system is hinged from two front posts which retain the boot securely even if it has a shallow, worn front welt or overboots are being used. It is a simple and efficient binding, which is far more versatile than the original Cramp-O-Matic style. The harness is made from the strongest, most durable plastic available, which was developed for the manufacture of alpine ski bindings. Obviously it cannot last forever, so please, after long and severe use replace the harness the same way you would resole trekking boots or rock climbing shoes.
New-Classic: An evolution of the Classic binding. Both front and rear plastic harnesses are hinged from their respective retention posts and may be “opened” to facilitate attachment to the boot, then closed securely once the boot is inside. The single strap closure system is so simple we may not need to provide instructions; the New Classic is therefore ideal for rental programs and fi rst time users. This system is simple and reliable, quick and easy, but it does take up a bit more space in the rucksack.
"For the average UK hill-goer in search of something versatile the Grivel Air Tech is agood well-built compromise between weight versus durability, and climbing performance versus walking comfort. From snowy fell walks to mountaineering ridge traverses, easier Scottish winter gullies to classic Alpine routes, they are a solid choice."
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- Weight: 790g per pair
- Boot Size: 35-46
- Shape: Asymetric
- Rigidity: Semi-Rigid
- Points: 12
- Front Points: Dual
- Material: Chromoly Steel