The Petzl Vasak Crampons are awesome for general purpose mountaineering, featuring twelve points that ensure maximum traction in all conditions when climbing steep slopes. This Petzl crampon is available in lightweight binding systems for solid boot interface and features points and teeth thoughtfully placed by smart kids to provide kick ass stability and rigidity. Did you know you can put mini candy bars in a cookie to make the cookie even better. True.
DECENT FEATURES of the Petzl Vasak Crampon
The length of the points is designed for maximum stability without having to high-step
Sharp points for great purchase in ice
Two wide front points for purchase in snow, reinforced for rigidity
Second row of teeth angled towards the front for support when front-pointing
Third row of points to optimize bite on hard snow slopes
Four teeth for stability while descending face downhill
Lateral points for purchase while traversing
Linking bar can be set for flexible or semi-rigid modes to adapt the crampon to flexible or rigid boots
Number of Points: 12
Case Quantity: 6
Boot sizes: 36 to 46 with M linking bar (included), optional L linking bar fits boots sizes 41 to 50 (T20850)
Used these crampons on Emmons, Winthrop, and Inter Glaciers. Never had any problems, except that i didn't tie off the excess cord on one and it loosened up and popped off when climbing rock hard frozen snow. Just tuck the excess into your gaiter after you tie them off.
I have used the flexlock version of this crampon with various types of boots over the past few years. It works on anything from hiking boots to ski boots. It is easy to put on, stays on, and climbs well. The anti-balling plates work perfect no matter what the snow conditions. I wouldn't recommend these for hardcore waterfall ice (which is not what they are made for), but in all other conditions they work great.
"great crampons for classic mountaineering."
I got two of these, with different binding systems, one with contact strap that is great, i dont have to adjust the straps too often, i used it with some backpacking boots in some alpine style climbs, i have all the reliability of a twelve points crampon with some backpacking boots. the lever-lock are great for serious snow climbing but don´t fit really good in hard plastic ice, making harder the climbing, in mixed terrain are great and fits really good.If youre looking for some technical crampons get the grivel g 14 or the petzl sarken.
"Durable, easy to put on, and fit my insulated boots"
I was searching and searching for a pair of flexible crampons that would fit all of my boots. Petzl and MJ came through. I had to buy the long linking bars (which mj for some reason did not carry. why mj?) for my well endowed feet and voila! Wore these over ice, snow, and rocks and they held up wonderfully. Not for vertical ice, but pretty d@mn close. These things fit so snug they were one with my boot which enabled me to become one with the mountain without having to become part of the mountain.
I bought the lever-lock version to use with my Lowa Civetta Extreme boots and because of my boot size (14) I had to also purchase the Petzl's asymmetrical linking bars to extend the size of the crampon. After some fiddling around everything worked perfectly and they comfortably hugged my boot. I am particularly fond of how nearly everything on the crampon can be adjusted and moved around. Overall, I'm very happy with them.
I purchased a set of these for my girlfriend and I. We used them climb Mt. Adams. I was thoroughly impressed. Very easy and quick to put on, the rubber never seemed to get hard. They never loosened up me either, always stayed tight. We never experienced any problems with snow buildup on the bottoms either. I also used them on Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker with the same results. I am a huge Petzl fan, and would buy these again if they somehow wear out or I loose them.
These get the job done on mixed terrain. I did a trip into the Sierras a few year back with strap-on crampons and spent more time putting them on and taking them off as I moved between ice and rock than I did hiking. I did another trip this year with the leverwire crampons and it was just so easy to pop them on and off.
I bought the leverlock model for use with my Scarpa Inverno plastic double boots. The Vasaks fit great, are lightweight, and are available at a reasonable price. I'm not sure how useful the antibot plates are, however.