Review by: toml, 2005-05-13
BTW, these are the Charlet Moser Sarken crampon (misspelled on main page). Who would have thought that Petzl (I assume they drove the research) could have made such a collection of improvements in the humble crampon? I have a pair of perfectly good 12-point crampons which I no longer use because the Sarkens are that much better. I have climbed up to NEI 5- in them as well as snow plods. To my surprise, they climb steep waterfall ice quite well (I am not a New Generation Mixed climber though). When it's supercold out, it's nice to be able to put them on and take them off in a jiffy.
Pros: T-shaped front teeth hold well in snow AND ice, dramatically improved bindings - simpler and more effective and faster binding, integrated anti-balling plates, color coding (sort of), weight savings.
Cons: none, except price, but it's more than worth the extra. I have heard that people had problems with the anti-balling systems cracking or not working, but I didn't; it may have been a problem with the earliest batches.
Note: I have the 'spirlock' binding system, but the other alternatives look almost as good. Things like making the crampon strap of a better material are common throughout the new binding systems!