I paid a lot of money for these crampons and had planned on using them in the for many New England winters. I had used them three times, they gripped very well on frozen strea…
- Andy, 01/12/14
I got these crampons for fast-and-light approaches in the sierras-- the flexible bar and the strap system lets you jury-rig them onto approach shoes (they fit well enough this…
- Matthew, 07/01/13
Great set of crampons from Grivel for moderate glacial travel. Took these on Mt. Rainier recently and they performed perfectly. Was on moderate slopes up to 45 degrees. Quick…
- emery, 08/13/14
Have used the original version of g12 for close to 20yrs. Glacier, ice, mixed, shoveling the driveway etc. Worked without fail, and while this older pair still has many yrs le…
- Cameron, 03/09/14
I put these on all of my Grivel crampons that did not come with them. They are worth every penny in not having to stop and use the spike of my ice ace to deball.…
- Phil, 04/03/14
Salt Lake City
Acquired and used on 2 attempts (one successful -- yay me!) on Shasta in the past month. Expand to fit my size 14 double plastic mountaineering boots quite easily. Rock soli…
- Thomas, 06/19/13
The head of the ice screw is made so that you can screw it in, without to much flat space around. So then you don't have to level the ice with the ice axe first. The Black Dia…
- Geir Inge, 09/29/14
Along with several other people, I got a chance to place these side-by-side against screws from Black Diamond and Petzl/Charlet. We all agreed, the Grivels were the easiest to…
- Eric, 01/03/13
Was actually surprised noone else reviewed these. I bought one from moosejaw(with the adze) and one from someone else(with a hammer as it wasn't avail at moosejaw), almost 3 y…
- Eddie, 06/03/13
I bought these on a gamble that I might like them, even though ive read some mixed reviews. Originally i was planning on using them for early/late season climbing when the co…
- Benjamin, 05/21/14
Love this axe, it's light and strong. Kind of expensive but worth it.…
- Kelton, 10/14/12
I first used this axe on a technical Raineer route and have been using it ever since. It is light but still has enough mass that when using it to cut off a cornice or other w…
- Phil, 04/03/14
Salt Lake City
After 15+ years this is still my #1 most recommended ice axe for all-around use.
Pros vs.other light axes:
Light without being TOO light like the Camp Corsa. 1 piece for…
- Eric, 12/06/12
I have used these on several climbs and never had an issue. They are lightweight but sturdy, tough enough for the occasional rock traverse, and reliable once on. I've never…
- Derek, 06/26/13
This is my goto mountaineering crampon and it's been fantastic. I file the points once a year and keep spray silicone on it when I get back from a trip to prevent rusting.…
- Phil, 04/03/14
Salt Lake City
The original Air Tech Racing was legendary for being the perfect blend of super light and super strong. (1 piece forged chromoly head). This new version adds a bottom carabine…
- Eric, 12/29/12
I own these and have used them many times in the northeast. They perform just as well as any other crampon out there. My only gripe with this model is the steel bar. If you…
- Nicholas, 12/09/10
Product description says it fits boot sizes 35-46. I have a size 45 in the Scarpa Phantom 6000, these are too small. Not good to find out right before a climb.…
- Robert, 06/02/10
If it fits you, this is the best helmet around-not the lightest, bit offers better side protection than those light bike style helmets. Also because it's a hard shell it can h…
- David, 01/04/14
In 1818 the Grivel family of blacksmiths, with Walser cultural roots, started to transform their production of agricultural tools to satisfy the rather peculiar demands of a new breed of wealthy tourists who, for unfathomable reasons, wanted to climb the mountains! So the Grivel ice axe came into being surrounded by skepticism. The English engineer Oscar Eckenstein was received with similar skepticism when in 1909, he asked Henry Grivel to manufacture the first modern Grivel crampons. In 1929, Henry's son Laurent made the brilliant invention of the two front points, allowing climbers to stand face on whilst attacking the steep ice and snow gradients. This innovation was the key to the conquest of the last unsolved route of the Alps: the North of the Eiger, 21-24th July, 1938.
In 1936, in collaboration for the first time with the Cogne steelworks, Amato Grivel, Laurent's younger brother, using the Chromolly alloy (Nickel-Chrome-Molybdenum), created a really strong Grivel crampon, not as thick and therefore lighter. They forged Grivel crampons weighing 360 grams a pair, up until then impossible. These Grivel crampons, the Super Leggero Grivel, have been used to conquer the 3 highest peaks in the world, the Everest, the K2, and the Kangchenjunga.
In 1982 new blood took over a rather sleepy, uncompetitive Grivel that had allowed itself to be overtaken by rival companies. New management led by Gioachino Gobbi was convinced that over a hundred years of tradition, the brand name and the company's location were a recipe for future success.The beginning of the 1980s saw the domination of modular tools and Grivel's Super Courmayeur system, with its spare and inter-changeable picks and shovels, established itself as market leader. Grivel was the first manufacturer, in 1986, to present the ergonomic, curved shaft: the Grivel Rambo ice axe was born and numerous examples are still in circulation. In 1993 - Rambo: a rigid crampon with a stable platform, no vibrations and improved striking power. Forged front points were added for the first time, a huge improvement.
In 1994 Grivel crampons presented its new crampons with four different binding systems, suitable for all types of boots and different functions. The use of plastic for the first time would find many imitators!
1996/7 - The Machine: the Grivel ice axe that revolutionized the design of technical tools. From now on this was the shape that all manufacturers would use.
Starting in 1998 experience gained from competitions spread the idea of climbing without leashes, considered to be just an artificial way of holding an ice axe, more dangerous than useful. Grivel was the first to present a Grivel ice axe with a crook in it aiding leashless climbing: "top machine". The Grivel Rambo Comp crampon was born in 1999, designed for competition climbing, it was the first to use backward facing points adding friction and hooking up to the crampon's list of uses: an auspicious inspiration judging from the numerous imitations.
In 2003 Grivel crampons resolves the problem of snow build up under crampons with the first pro-active anti-balling plate. This gets rid of the snow with every step taken, using its flexibility and the alpinist's movement. Other manufacturers have tried to find an alternative to this Grivel patent but the truth is that no other real alternative exists!
Grivel began making ice axes in 1818 and the tradition of high quality, durable manufacturing materials and methods remains strong to this day. Grivel North America was founded in 2002 to gain better control over North American distribution. It was trial and error and trial by fire. Two stalwart supporters, Mike Makely and Mike Mead made it possible to survive, and thrive. In October 2005 the Grivel northwest area rep, Tony Brent took over the reins as general manager of Grivel North America. Under his sage guidance, and on the back of his strong work ethic Grivel North America flourished during 2006. Business ebbs and flows and no market is knowable. The future of technical climbing products made in the European Union is especially unpredictable. For now Grivel is in the ring, teeth clenched on the mouthguard, and duking it out with big conglomerates. All of this is possible, thanks to the support and product innovation from Grivel Mont Blanc.
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