Grivel G10 New Matic




Weight: 950 grammes per



C2-graded - C1 with New Classic binding - 10-point NiCrNo

steel crampon with thermoplastic toe cradle and

quick-release heel-clip, nylon security strap, asymetric

three dimensional reief stamped technology for added

strength, sprun adjustment bar for easy fitting and compact

storage. Fits boots size 35-46.


Great lightweight general mountain walking crampon


Not designed for steep front-pointing terrain

Not a bind any more...

If you remember the days when donning crampons meant agonising

fiddling with the braided steel of frozen webbing straps or fiddly

threading of neoprene through buckles, you'll love the latest

generation of crampon bindings.

Grivel G10 here pictured with the

neat New Classic

binding system (C1 graded)

The G10 is available both with Grivel's excellent New Classic

binding, which features easy to use thermoplastic cradles front and

rear for quick and easy donning - graded C1 - or in the New Matic

guise tested with a cradle front and click-release heel clip at the

rear. As a New Matic it's graded C2 and needs a stiffened sole with

compatible lug at the heel of the sole unit.

It's a great binding for easy use, in fact easier than a full

quick release binding because you don't have to fiddle around with

locating wire toe bails and clearing welts of snow. It also has the

advantage that wear to the front of the toe unit of the boot due to

front pointing won't effect the security of the binding, unlike with

a bail fixing. The security strap is easy to release as well.

Only downsides are that you need a B2 or B3 boot to use the New

Matic system and with some boots, you may find that the heel clamp

presses on the back of your heel through the leather.


So the binding is great, but what about the crampon? It's aimed at

general mountain use rather than climbing - hence the second points

are near vertical - and the use of ten points rather than the classic

12-point configuration both saves weight and makes the crampon more

suitable for those with smaller feet.

An alloy crampon would be lighter, but not as hardwearing or as

strong as the G10 which uses thicker sections of steel in some areas

to up its strength. It's a near ideal general mountain walking

crampon. The shortish points help balance on hard ice and the front

points, while not suitable for serious ice climbing, are fine for

adding grip when kicking into steeper snow slopes. So performance in

use is fine.

Practicality killed the cat...

Adjustment is very easy with a sliding, flexible steel bar with a

spring-loaded locator allowing quick transfer from boot to boot. It

also means that the crampon can slide together for compact carriage

Note For more information on the crampon / boot

compatibility grading system see this

page on the Scarpa UK web site.

Verdict: Near perfect lightweight

steel walking crampon, though if you're planning on any

climbing you'll want a more aggressive design with

forward-orientated secondary points. The crampon itself is

well up to general winter walking and adjusts easily while

still compacting neatly for carrying. The binding system is

excellent - tolerant of different boot shapes and

exceptionally easy to use even with freezing fingers. Easy

to release as well. If you have B1-graded boots, take a look

at the double-cradle New Classic version as an effective

alternative. The ten-point design is also ideal for those

with smaller feet. Good crampon at a good price.