12 pts, all you'll ever need for 90% of your climbing. I prefer this binding because it fits more boots better, including my ski boots. This design is time tested, and bombproof. I would say that unless your nearing sponsored athlete level that this would be all you'd ever need. Some people prefer mono and vertical points, and those do work better in certain situations. But most of the time this is better for my uses in the PNW. Excellent choice for a first crampon that will last you a very long time.