When mountaineering, crampons are at the top of the list of gear you need to stick each step on the way to the summit. These bad boys give mountain climbers the traction they need to safely travel, not just on ice, but across snow and glacier fields.
They may look alike, but specific crampon builds, bindings, and materials serve specific purposes. We won't get into the finer details of that in this post, but we WILL link you to this very handy informational guide on How To Choose Crampons written by guide Glen Young over at Miyar Adventures, our sister guiding company. Check it out for details and come visit us so we can help you make the best choice for your next adventure!
Our Staff Picks
We always keep an assortment of crampons in stock and ensure that we've selected and vetted a models for different uses and preferences. These pics represent our favorites from the Spring/Summer 2022 selection.
Petzl Irvis: A 10-point mountaineering crampon, the Irvis's compact front section is an excellent fit on the front sole of AT ski boots and smaller feet (<women's 7, men's 8).
Best for: Glacier travel, basic mountaineering, and modularity
: A highly technical crampon
using an innovative linking bar to fit modern mountaineering boots and provide the most stable fit of any horizontal front-point ever made. Best for:
Technical alpine climbing, mountaineering, and larger boots
: The most technical waterfall ice climbing crampon
on the market. Proprietary steel, inter-changeable front points, maximal adjustability, and an asymmetrical frame + linking bar deliver stability and confidence.
Best for: Technical ice & alpine climbing
Grivel Air Tech
: The durability of steel, for less weight and a modest price.
Best for: Mountaineering, glacier travel, and lightweight durability
: Minimalist steel crampon
with aggressive front points for speed on light and fast ascents or stable footwork in general mountaineering.
Lightweight glacier travel & basic
: THE superlight, go-to crampon
for AT boots: a fool-proof toe welt and
micro-adjustability ensures a fit to almost any boot, the SkiMo is available in hyperlight aluminum (Race) or proprietary Sandvik Nanoflex steel (Tour).
Best for: Ultralight ski mountaineering & A-T boots
Black Diamond Sabertooth
: Bristling with serrated traction underfoot and aggressive front points, the Sabretooth crampon
s are stainless steel tank-treads under your feet.
Best for: Glacier travel & mountaineering
: A nimble favorite for ice and drytooling due to its light weight and adjustable front point configurations, the Dart floats up mixed climbs and 3D, featured ice like chandeliers and snow mushrooms.
Ice climbing & dry
Grivel Haute Route
: A reliable 10-point ski mountaineering crampon
with a weight-saving aluminum heel piece and durable steel front.
Best for: Ski mountaineering & AT boots.