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Sink your teeth into any winter climb.

Not only is the Sabretooth Black Diamond’s best all-around crampon, but its stainless steel design gives you lighter weight and higher durability than previous incarnations of this crampon, as well as added protection from rusting and snowballing. The heel clip and flexible toe strap accommodate any mountain boots with a heel welt, and the versatile 14-point design handles steep and moderate terrain with equal bite.

  • Works on boots without front bails
  • Horizontal front points reduce shearing in steep snow
  • The rear heel clip features a low-profile adjustment system to dial in a secure and precise fit
  • Idea for ice climbing, alpine climbing, and mountaineering

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Will the sabretooth clip work with the la sportiva ganda guide boots?

5 5

No issues

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have Scarpa Chamoz and they fit and worked just fine to Shasta summit.

No issues
5 5

BD Quality and Performance

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

From the second I bought these, they've been put to great use. Generally, a comfortable, yet reliable crampon.

It got icy,  Mount Adams.

It got icy, Mount Adams.

Clip version works with Fitwell backcountry snowboarding boots!

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Did you have any problems fitting them into a boot...i.e. I'm assuming you've tried it already?

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Nope, I have to adjust the center bar length for my mountaineering boots to the Fitwell boots. And a few turns of the adjustment on the Heel clip. They fit very solid.
I've used them on La sportiva Karakoram, Mammut Monolith and the Fitwell Backountry.

Unanswered Question

Will these boots fit on my ScarpaT1s? size...

Will these boots fit on my ScarpaT1s? size 24.5

Gets the job done.

Gets the job done.

I like these crampons but would have preferred something a little bit more aggressive for the steep ice.

Will these work with Scarpa Hurricane...

Will these work with Scarpa Hurricane Boots?

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Hi Timbo,

Essentially any crampon will work just fine with the Hurricane's--because it has both a heel and a toe bail, both fully automatic crampons and "hybrid" crampons like these Sabretooth's will work very well, as will crampons that have neither heel nor toe clips. Good luck with that!

which crampon would you recommend for a...

which crampon would you recommend for a la sportiva spantik size 47?

4 5

Durable Steel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This crampon is a little heavy but you can feel the toughness of the crampons when you bash them through hard ice and into rocks. The only trouble I had was one of the rivets holding the toe U bale came off. Just Duct Taped it back together to get through the trip. I am sure BD will warranty them for me. These are best for mountaineering setting may want something lighter more technical for tougher ice conditions, only used them on 55 degree ice and rock nothing steeper.

I have a pair of Zamberlan 760 Steep GT...

I have a pair of Zamberlan 760 Steep GT boots. I am planning a North Cascades backpacking trip which will involve one day of a climb up a glacier and descent down a steep snowfield. Will these crampons work on these boots?

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I also wear the Steeps, and since they don't have either a toe or heel welt, they won't take any crampons except strap-ons. If you want to stay with Black Diamond, the Contact is the one to use.

Will these work on the La Sportiva Pamir...

Will these work on the La Sportiva Pamir men's?


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They should definately work. I have the sabretooths and they fit several of my boots. The back heel has a pretty versatile adjuster and should work well.

5 5

Sure footing...for sure!

Got the chance to use these a few times last winter up in the White Mountains. These are awesome, I felt so sure with my footing above the treeline with these. I love them. Easy to get on and adjustable.

Sure footing...for sure!
5 5

Love these crampons!

I've used these crampons on both my backcountry ski boots and my climbing boots. They are really strong, reliable, and easy to put on!

I have a La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX boots....

I have a La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX boots.
I need a pair of crampons to climb Mont Blanc and Elbrus. Which one is recommended for them?

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These are a good choice, as well as Grivel's Air Tech.

I would suggest, though, that you google "Black Diamond stainless steel crampons breaking"and do a little reading before making up your mind.

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These will be a great all round crampon for pretty much any mountain. However, I wouldn't recommend the Air Tech as they're aluminum so they won't be as durable. If you're going to be spending money on crampons, invest in a solid pair of of stainless (Black Diamonds) or chromly (Grivel, Petzl). But like Pat mentioned, read up on both the materials as they both have their pros and cons.

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In response to Sam, the Air Tech is actually a steel crampon and would be excellent for mont blanc and elbrus. The Air Tech Light is the aluminum version of the Air Tech, and might not be the best choice...

For non alpine work, say upper east coast...

For non alpine work, say upper east coast winter trail hiking inAsolo Fugtive GTX's, (I kno this is nt a moutaineering boot ndI would not use it as such),would these crampons work well with this boot and for this type of activity?

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These crampons will not work since they have a heel clip and your boots do not have the required heel bail. You will need a full strap crampon like the BD Contact straps. However, I also use these boots and would highly recommend getting flex bars to replace the standard center bars. Or, check out the CAMP stalkers. I use those with my fugitives and they work great (those come with flex bars, a carry case, and are cheaper!).

Will these work with the Asolo TPX 520 GV?...

Will these work with the Asolo TPX 520 GV? Or do I need to use the contact strap?

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No these crampons will not work. You're boots do not have the required heel bail and for that reason you're going to need full strap crampons. The contact straps will work great on these boots.

Will this crampon work well with my Asolo...

Will this crampon work well with my Asolo Pumori GV boots? I'm planning on climbing various routes on Rainier over the next few years.

I have kayland apex Treks hikers. Will the...

I have kayland apex Treks hikers. Will the BD clips jive with these boots ok ?

Would these crampons work with the Salomon...

Would these crampons work with the Salomon Quest boot? If not, which crampons would?