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Tears into snow and ice.

With 14 vicious fangs that tear up everything from vertical water ice to mixed alpine climbs, the Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro Crampon is the all-around favorite for versatile winter performance. This crampon's stainless steel design features lower weight and higher durability than past incarnations of this crampon, as well as additional protection from rust and snowballing.

  • The step-in attachment system clamps securely onto technical mountain boots with front and rear welts
  • A low-profile micro-adjustment system helps you dial in the perfect fit
  • Horizontal front points reduce shearing in steep snow
  • Anti-balling plates keep snow from sticking to the bottom
  • Ideal for ice climbing, alpine climbing, and mountaineering

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Burly ice-biting vicegrip beartraps.

Burly ice-biting vicegrip beartraps.

I always feel like a rampaging cyborg when I have crampons on. Especially the kind that clamps onto mountaineering boots like these do. The little adjustment wheel on the rear lever makes it easy to adjust tension and is sort of analogous to the way vice grips work in that you can simply roll a dial, test, roll, and zero in on the amount of pressure beyond which you cannot further increase pressure. I have them dialed-in for my La Sportiva Nepal GTX mountaineering boots to a very tight tolerance and that feeling of the clamp gripping down on the welts of that boot is very gratifying indeed. For as burly as these are, they are acceptably lightweight, not in the way that aluminium crampons are, but that's not what these are for. I've crunched through miles of mixed terrain in these crampons, ice, snow, slop, scree, low fifth class rock climbs. To call them bomber is an understatement. Mine have no rust and they still manage to look shiny still.

Five big stars for these things. hypergiant-sized stars...
We're talkin' VY Canis Majoris, here, people!!

5 5

Awesome crampons

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I took these up rainier on my la sportiva spantiks. They fit great. I think it was more a result of the boot but I could barely tell they were on. I won't even be looking at another pair. I never had to mess with size or fit after initial adjustments and they were easy to get on and off in what turned out to be a bitter cold climb.

5 5

Great Crampons

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these to use with my Lowa Mountain Expert GTX boots and they have worked extremely well! They are easy to take on/off, are nearly indestructible, relatively lightweight and provide great traction when moving around in the mountains. Great piece of gear that you'll never have to worry about breaking.

I just got the salomon quest 4d gtx boots...

I just got the salomon quest 4d gtx boots with these crampons. they are pretty hard to get on.. should I switch for the black diamond clip crampons or the stingers? Thanks!

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You need a strap version not a pro or clip model.

5 5

My go-to alpine crampons

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have been with me on numerous adventures in the mountains. They hold tight to a number of different boot models. The only time I've had one come loose was when I was sloppy with getting the heel tight enough. They work well on steep snow, WI2-3, and burly enough to handle a lot of loose rock, scree and short sections of mixed type climbing. I always get a smile when I pull these out to strap them on my boots.

4 5

steep ice?

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

How do these perform on steep ice (grade IV+, V) or mix terrain compared to other models where the front points are slightly more horizontal (i.e BD Cyborg) or single points (BD stinger, petzl lynx). Any input from experienced ice/mix climbers is appreciated.

I've used these lots on alpine terrain and moderate ice but find my feet placements struggling compared to my peers on more sustained ice. Wondering if its me or the crampons :D

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I have friends that climb WI-3,4 in these, but they have all switched to vertical point crampons like the BD Cyborg and Stinger. The Sabertooth will get the job done, but you get a lot more fracturing in the ice and less stable feet, which is not something you want when climbing steep ice. Keep the Sabertooth for Alpine climbing and pick up some Black Diamond Stingers for steep ice. The mono-point will be your new best friend.

5 5

Great crampons, very easy to use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love how easy these are to put on and take off the boots. I use the "pro" version with my La Sportiva Nepal EVO boots and the fit is very secure. They are very fast and simple to put on and take off, but the straps can be hard to pull through the rings that secure them while wearing thick gloves. The fact that they come on and off easily means that I don't have to think twice about putting them on or off to adapt to changing trail conditions which in itself adds a lot to security. The traction they provide is great for traversing steep snow and ice. The one downside is that I wish that they had come in a storage pouch so that you can safely put them in or on the outside of your backpack without risking them puncturing something. I solved this by securing them with straps to the outside of my backpack, spikes facing out. This works but is not super convenient. I've had no problems with these crampons failing, coming off or collecting snow during use. This is a great, high quality product.

Great crampons, very easy to use
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Black diamond sells a storage sack for these that works awesome for these. Right around 20$

AT Boot Compatibility

AT Boot Compatibility

Heads up--the stock toe bails may not work with your AT ski boots. My Scarpa Maestrales do not fit.

Black Diamond does sell larger replacement toe bails to accommodate AT boots. You can find them here:

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Have you tried these the larger toe bails with the Maestrales? Was the fit better than with the original bail?

Will the wider bails still work with a leather boot like the Nepal EVO?

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The larger toe bails fit the Maestrales very well. Field tested this weekend.

I can't comment on the fit with other boots, but you could always switch back and forth as needed.

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Adam--I used a hand squeeze bar clamp to push outward on the tips of the bails. You can tilt the bail to line up the flat part of the bail with the direction of the slot they sit in. Then push outward with the clamp while prying with a big screwdriver. Wear gloves and clamp the crampon to your workbench.

My guide said to get the "trap" version...

My guide said to get the "trap" version in stead of the front welt version because it was less likely to come off

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Depending on what type of climbing you plan on doing and what boots you are using, the Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro crampon should fit very well and stay on your boot. Your boot will need both a toe and heel welt to stay on with the pro style attachment. Alternatively, check out the Black Diamond Sabretooth Clip, which is likely what your guide is referring to as the "trap" style:

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Your guide just doesn't want to deal with people that don't know how to get a properly tight crampon fit. The Pro style with the toe welt is much better, but it relies on you getting a really tight fit on the heel welt so everything stays where it should. I've never had any problems with my crampons coming loose.

I want to use these with my Oboz Hiking...

I want to use these with my Oboz Hiking Boots for high altitude hiking on places like Mt Aconcagua etc, Will they fit? Also, what is the difference between Pro and Clip? I wear shoe size 9.5 - 10

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Hey, for those crampons to fit your hiking boots your boots will need to have a heel welt on them. This will allow the crampon to engage with the hiking boot creating a secure fit. The difference between pro and clip is the way they attach to the boot. Pro is a step-in system requiring toe and heel welts on the boot, Clip is a semi-automatic style fit only requiring a heel welt on the boot. So you need to look at your boots and determine if they have at a minimum a heel welt to work with these crampons. A strap crampon will work better with your boots if they do not have any toe or heel welts.

I want to use these for some backcountry...

I want to use these for some backcountry skiing.....Will they fit my technica cochise 130 pro?

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Yes those should work just fine with ski boots as they have both toe and heel welts. If you have really big boots you may need an extension bar.

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you're better off getting the BD Neve Pro. It's the same crampon but made from Aluminum. Granted, they are more delicate, but for Backcountry Skiing, your crampon time should be minimal. The Sabertooth works great, but is heavier than the Neve. Since my contention that you'll use them minimally is clearly true with no exceptions, you'll spend a lot more time carrying the crampons on your back than on your feet.

Yes, i am a weight weenie. Yes, i own both (and use them for their specific tasks). No, i can't pay off my credit card.

Will these fit the Vasque Wasatch GTX boot?...

Will these fit the Vasque Wasatch GTX boot? Thanks

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No, the Wasatch doesn't have the heel and toe welts you need to hold these crampons in place. These are sort of what some might consider as overkill for that type of boot...a high-line mountaineering/ climbing crampon coupled with a pretty basic and mid-range hiking boot. What you need for the Wasatch is a simple strap crampon.

5 5

What more could you want?

I had spoken to quite a few people about the pros and cons of these crampons. Then I was offered a sleazy deal on them and said WTF... I wouldn't get them for ice climbing if I knew that was what I was going to be focusing on, but for climbing Rainier or any other place you need a crampon they more than fit the bill. I think they are an awesome fit to my scarpas. I also like how they fit with touring ski boots.

Will these fit alpine touring boots? Such...

Will these fit alpine touring boots? Such as the new 2014 Atomic Waymaker 130?

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Yeah they will work with those boots. These will work with any boot that has toe and heel welts.

Will these fit on garmont Excursion Tele...

Will these fit on garmont Excursion Tele boots?
thanks - Angier

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These crampons will fit with most tele boots though the duckbill can make frontpointing difficult if the metal toe bar is too far forward.

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I've used this set up several times and yes, they work. The only possible issue is the duckbill as mentioned above. I've slightly modded the duckbill on mine to allow the crampons to fit tightly. YMMV.

I have Salomon Quest 14 ski boots. does...

I have Salomon Quest 14 ski boots. does it work with those boots?