A climbing machine.
- The adjustable, hooded front points bite hard in vertical water ice and provide precise edging while dry tooling
- Can be set up with either dual or single points
- The rear heel clip features a micro-adjustment system for a secure fit
- Dual-density ABS plates keeps snow from sticking to the bottom of these crampons
- Ideal for steep ice and mixed climbing
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Share your thoughts
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love the cyborg pros. They stick so well in a variety of ice and fit great on my mont blancs. They're easy to adjust the sizing and can be converted to a mono-point like the stinger. Awesome crampons!
What a hunk of metal. Bites well in the hardest of ices. Love the monopoint option on the frigid days, plus it allows me to climb in the divots from my tools. Love the hood on the points too. Buy this bad boy and never regret it im tellin ya
and a Cyborg
Hi. What kind of center bar does the BD...
Hi. What kind of center bar does the BD Cyborg Pro have? Flex or Rigid?
rigid bars ...but they flex between heel and toe from the sloppy fit..
On dry land
I use on dry-tooling with one point for small cracks
Hard and so good
I use them on ice and on dry-tooling in the summer. thay r very hard and so r great!
I'm stuck between buying the sabretooths...
I'm stuck between buying the sabretooths and the cyborgs. My old sabretooths are totally blunt and tiny so can't really compare them currently - I've been climbing about Scottish grade 4 mixed or ice, but I'll be using them on longer alpine routes too. Is it worth the upgrade or shall I just buy more sabres for the longer stuff?
On long alpine routes the sabretooths will fill more stable. but if you going for a lot of mix/ice the cyborg is the god of the climb...
what r you going to do the MOST "long alpine routes"=sabretooths, or mix=cyborg
Easy sticks and front points that fit into ice tool divots. What's not to love? These attach securely to boots and they don't ball up underfoot. I don't climb like a pro, but these make the most of my limited ability.
Never had anything like this, they are perfect for ice climbing. and when walking on glaciers you kinda feel like you're cheating a bit :P
only downside is that on the La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX it takes a lot of effort to get it on properly so beware
(what i mean by this is that even if you put it on tight it is still able to wiggle about)
These are well built and well designed. They are easy to adjust and put on. I have used them on ice, no mixed climbing, they stick great and hold well when placed. Bombproof!
I have a set of these crampons and I'm...
I have a set of these crampons and I'm wondering if anyone has ever removed the metal strip that goes from the front clip up to the nylon strap that goes around your ankle. I'm considering removing it because it damages the toe of my boot. I noticed that the Petzl crampons don't have this piece.
I haven't removed the metal strip, but you could look at potentially wrapping it with something to provide a thin layer between it and your boot. Duct tape comes to mind... and provided that it doesn't alter the fit of the front bail..could be worth a try.
The metal band makes no sense to me either. I never removed it from my Grivels but I considered doing so. I don't get what that thing is accomplishing. (If the toe bail detached from the crampon it would probably be broken so you would have bigger problems than losing it.)I now use the Newmatic style. Anyway I could see getting it off of there with a Dremel tool or a file very carefully.
I'm a big fan of these crampons. As easy to use as most any other modern crampon, fit well on single and double wall boots, and hold their points well. It's a personal preference, but I love the monopoint for steep ice, though if this was the only crampon you had in your quiver, the dual points are great for snow or couloir routes. The wide platform and angle of the secondary points are huge pluses in my book too.
Shoo makes a great point about not all the pieces being stainless (and the Lynx)...you will still see some rust, though in my opinion there is no reason to worry or even consider breakage.
Great, but a few substantial flaws
Though something tells me the new Petzl Lynx is going to put the cyborgs out of business, these are really a fantastic set of technical climbing crampons. They have a great fit to most modern climbing boots (some adjustment of the front bail would be helpful). The replaceable points are very handy, makes sharpening and replacing cheap and relatively easy. The ability to switch between dual and mono is invaluable. They are my default crampons for everything technical (steep waterfall ice, mixed, and pure dry tooling). While I am listing a few noticeable flaws below, it's worth noting that I am overall pretty happy with my purchase.
Flaw #1) It's NOT all-stainless. There are two key parts which are cro-moly steel: the bolts holding the front points, and the front points themselves. Mixing stainless and non-stainless steel parts INCREASES the rate of rust due to galvanic corrosion. I am a bit disappointed that a stainless bolt wasn't included for this reason, or at least free replacement bolts. There is also rust where the front points meet the holding bar. Bolt rust on mine is to the point where it is very difficult to change the points, and where breakage may occur, and I take VERY good care to try to keep them dry post-climb.
Flaw #2: You have to manually dissect the anti balling plates to use them in mono. It would have been fairly easy to just make a plate in which this is not an issue.
Will these work okay with my North Face...
Will these work okay with my North Face boots? I did notice they are crampon compatible, but not sure which ones to get these or the step in kind, I wish I could afford the LaSportiva boots right now but just cant right now....
These are step-in crampons. Your boots must have welts on both the toe and heel for these to work. Which TNF boots do you have?
Excellent for moving on ice and rock
The cyborg is heavy, so i don't like carrying it in my pack on ski trips, but when I'd ice climbing or mountaineering over mixed ice/rock terrain, these are the crampons I take. They're burley, have many, sharp points and cinch up nicely. The micro adjustments on the heel allow me to get a good, secure fit and there's a big, long strap that can fit over any boots. Cut the strap for safety or weave it back in if you're afraid of cutting it too short. - otherwise it's a liability you don't need in a nofall zone.
The replaceable front points are excellent for long term use of the product.
This season I bought Kayland Hyper Traction boots with these BD cyborg Pro Crampons. Honestly brings a smile to my face thinking about how dialed this set up is, especially compared with my old lowe boots + clip crampons. This season I did Ice Cliff Glacier on Mt Stuart. A full day of 30 - 60 deg snow and ice w/ two vertical moves which is suited for the sabretooths. I had zero problem with my front point slipping through soft snow on steep snow. Conventional wisdom is that front teeth like those on the sabertooths are more efficient on glacier type travel. From my limited experience the front point design on the cyborg pros close that gap. I have also used these on vertical glacier ice and found the front points set with little effort. I have not used other front point crampons to compare though.
I have read that switching this crampon to a single point is a chore, just a heads up. The anti-balling works but dont expect miracles. It will still happen on steep plunge stepping. From my experience of using both types of crampons, I can not suggest buying a new pair of clip style crampons. If you have to you use non-compatible boots buy used clip crampons. In my opinion all the performance you pay for is lost the minute you try to control it through a clip style attachment.
Getting ready for some ice climbing
BD Cyborg on the Stairway to Heaven apron in Provo Canyon, UT
I do my ice climbing at night. Cyborgs have never let me down.
If you're climbing ice, you want these.
Used these crampons all last season on vertical ice. They worked fantastic. Easy confidant sticks and stayed sharp all season long. Short approaches, but the anti-bot plates kept snow from building up.
I have used a few BD crampons and these seem to be the best in my opinion!!
You can really use them for anything and the are really solid
I got the long center bars because I thought I would need them for my size 13 mountaineering boots but the standard bars fit with 4 notches left...they even fit on my 349mm sole length ski boots without the long bars...im not sure what size boots would need the long bars but they would have to be HUGE