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First Look: Grivel G22 PLUS EVO Crampons

Toothy front points and a super-secure adjustment system make the G22 PLUS EVO a must-have for technical mountain travel

For most winter climbers, the very idea of losing a crampon midroute will spark a cold sweat. It’s scary, dangerous—and now completely avoidable. New for the 2022–23 winter season, the Grivel G22 PLUS EVO crampons offer an unprecedented level of adjustability for a fit that keeps your crampons secure no matter how much you put them through. Add 12 points, durable construction, and the superior grip of hot-forged steel, and the G22 PLUS EVO becomes a top choice for everything from winter mountaineering to steep, technical ice climbing. Here’s how it works.

Unprecedented Adjustment—Even with Gloves On

The biggest update on the new G22 PLUS EVO is its adjustment system. Grivel’s designers have been hard at work on the heel lever, which is now more robust, easier to manipulate with gloves on, and more precise: it offers three different levels of adjustment, which means you can dial the crampons to fit just about any mountaineering boot. 

Grivel G22 PLUS EVO Crampons
Toothy front points and a super-secure adjustment system make the G22 PLUS EVO a must-have for technical mountain travel. (Photo: Grivel)

As for length adjustment, the pin-and-socket center bar is similar to Grivel’s other models with one smart addition: two batwing fins curve out from the center bar, creating an ergonomic handle that lets you tweak the fit even with beefy belay gloves on. (Each fin also terminates in an additional underfoot point, providing extra traction on slick approaches and icy ledges.) 

Superior Bite in Hard Ice

Like most of Grivel’s iconic picks and points, the precisely angled dual front points on the G22 PLUS EVO are made of hot-forged steel. (That’s in contrast to other brands, which typically laser-cut or stamp their points from metal sheets.) Hot forging allows precise alignment of the steel’s molecular structure, ironing out weaknesses and improving the metal’s mechanical properties—including both strength in the direction of swing and fracture resistance under lateral stress. The result is the top-notch durability and dependability that Grivel’s steel is known for. 

Another benefit of hot forging is that it gives the steel just enough plasticity—it’ll bend without breaking, exerting a firmer grip, even in brittle conditions. That makes the G22 PLUS EVO a great choice for tricky water ice and mixed terrain, in addition to steep snow.

Replaceable Front Points

Each of the G22 PLUS EVO’s front points is removable—which means you don’t have to spend years grinding them down to nubs to get your money’s worth out of your crampons. Instead, you can sharpen or replace the points as needed. (The G22 PLUS EVO is compatible with both the hot-forged G22+ front points and Grivel’s new ballistic-steel Katana front points.) 

Between that feature, the all-terrain dependability, and the G22 PLUS EVO’s bombproof construction, this might just be the last crampon you’ll ever have to buy. 

You Won’t Get Snow Buildup Underfoot

The G22 PLUS EVO crampons are equipped with Grivel’s famously effective Antibott Plates. A patented technology, these underfoot plates work by capturing energy from the wearer’s movements. Each step triggers a flex in the plastic, proactively ejecting snow before buildup occurs. That makes the G22 PLUS EVO an ideal, all-purpose tool for winter mountaineering and snow climbing.


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