Grivel Crampon Binding Systems


Every climber/skier/mountaineer has their own preference as to what type of climbing they prefer to do. Not only do they favor a specific type of climbing, they also choose a specific boot for the adventure. Trying to throw your favorite crampon onto a mountaineering boot seems easy enough, but what about trying to throw that same crampon onto a ski boot, snowboard boot, or even a trekking boot?

Grivel has your back, more like your feet, on this one. Thanks to Grivel's five main binding systems, your preferred crampon model now has multiple binding options to choose from.

Grivel Binding Systems (from left to right, top to bottom): Ski Matic, New Classic, Cramp-O-Matic, New Matic, & Race

A well-known system which relies on a nylon speed lever at the rear and a stainless steel front bale to hold the boot. Quick to put on, these bindings are prefect for plastic mountaineering boots that have a rigid sole and substantial heel and toe welts. The stainless steel safety strap, which was invented by Grivel, is Permanently mounted on the front bale and prevents total loss of the crampon should it be forced off the boot.

An evolution of the Cramp-O-Matic system which utilizes the C-O-M rear bale and lever. The plastic harness system is hinged from two front posts that retain the boot securely even if it has a shallow, worn front welt or when overboots are being used. It is a simple and efficient binding, which is far more versatile than the original Cramp-O-Matic style. Made in bi-component plastic: the black part is the stronger, bearing the strain whilst the yellow part is softer, increasing adherence to the boot. The harness is made from the strongest, most durable plastic available called Zytel DuPont, which was developed for the manufacturing of alpine ski bindings.

An evolution of the Classic binding. Both front and rear plastic harnesses are hinged from their respective retention posts and may be “opened” to facilitate attachment to the boot, then closed securely once the boot is inside. The single Strap closure system is so simple we may not need to provide instructions; the New Classic is therefore ideal for rental programs and fist-time users. This system is simple and reliable, quick and easy, but it does take up a bit more space in the rucksack.

Totally new binding system specific for ski touring. It considers the technical needs while providing simplicity and lightness. The new front bail is “bomb proof” because it adapts easily and perfectly to the modern ski touring boots. Compact storage and minimum weight for transportation. Warning: the front binding fits modern plastic ski touring boots and it is not guaranteed for traditional mountain boots.

Now that you've gotten a little more familiar with all of Givel's binding systems, watch these videos for an even better look at each one.


Grivel is the leading manufacturer of crampons. Grivel introduced the first 10-point crampon and has since introduced many more intuitive designs that have advanced this vital piece of mountain gear.

If you are having a hard time finding Grivel products at your favoriate gear store, visit www.libertymountainclimbing.com.

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