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Claws for ice climbers.
The Sabretooth Pro Crampon is Black Diamond's best all-around climber for moderate ice flows to classic mountaineering routes. A redesigned construction helps this crampon's stainless steel resist snowballing and rusting while remaining light enough for alpine approaches. Horizontal front points assist with technique during the ascent, and the secondary points offer precision for the descent. An increased rocker works with the low-profile micro-adjust heel to give a secure fit with boots with toe welts.
- Stainless steel construction
- Horizontal front points and technical secondary points
- Low-profile micro-adjust heel bail
- Front and rear dual-density ABS
- Pro version accommodates boots with a toe welt
- Item #BLD00EU
- Q & A
4x4 of cramons
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
While headed up Mt. Shasta I lent my climbing partner my lightweight CAMP crampons and gave the Sabretooth's a try. Once these are adjusted to fit your boots you will never miss a step. Throughout varying conditions my feet were Gorilla-Glued to whatever surface I was on. While not lightweight, these crampons are no bricks on your feet. Hence forth when I am heading out and firmer more variable conditions are possible, I will pack my Sabretooth's.
For many AT ski boots you will need the large toe bail. Once on my Scarpa Freedom SL's were a perfect fit. While changing out the toe bails is not my idea of fun, it can easily be done using vice grips or a small piece of cord. Generally an extra set of hands or a vice helps.(*wear shoes)
The dual-density ABS plates on these Sabretooth's prevented unwanted snow build up. From warm sun-cupped snow to damp new snow, not once did I have an issue with these crampons holding snow.
Sabretooth's = 4x4 of crampons. The MOST traction I have ever had . enough rocker you can practically skip across lower angle snow fields.'Nuff said. The only condition I did not put spikes into was steep solid ice. From what I am told these bad boy bite waterfall ice fine.
Give me a shout if you have questions such as:
Will these fit my boots? Where can I find large toe bails? Are these appropriate for my objective?
Headed to Red Banks
Me and a climbing partner ascending to the Red Banks. Below us is Helen Lake.
Does not fit ski boots
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
The toe clip does not fit my Scarpa Maestrale. Apparently you can buy a separate (larger) front bar from BD...Exchanged it against the Neve Pro which fits like a charm.
Conclusion: not recommended for ski mountaineering unless you are ready to fiddle with the front clip.
Take a beating and keep on ticking
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've used my pair for about 4-5 years and they are unstoppable. Stayed sharp through many mixed climbs and are great for ice climbing, mountaineering, and ski touring. My only small gripe is that the leash to tighten them is a little long and flaps. This led me to stepping on it with the other crampon and cutting it. I just cut it cleanly and used a lighter to keep it from fraying. Has been bulletproof since. I see these on a lot of guides in the NE where I am and have been nothing sort of ecstatic with them.
They fit my Spantiks, but required a longer bar because I have a larger shoe size. Photo is them heading up Lion's head on the Mt Washington winter route.
The Ski Mountaineer's Multi-tool
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
While these are not the lightest crampons on the market (see aluminium crampons for lightweight mountaineering) - these are a workhorse of the BD ice crampon series.
The horizontal orientated front points are great for purchase, and although not vertically orientated, can KILL IT on vertical ice - in some cases I think these are better on less vertical ice routes (WI3 etc) - the stainless steel is killer on clanking around on mixed terrain where the snow and ice meet the stone.
Photo Caption - on the way to the top of the Pfeiff thanks to the Sabretooth teeeeth
I just bought a classic leather mountaineering boot with a full welt (stitched-on sole) around the entire boot and 3/4 length steel shank. Since most boots have glued soles, it's hard to find info on which style crampons I can use. Will this hybrid style crampon work for a boot like I'm describing? For that matter, if it has a solid full-welt, could I even use a step in crampon?
Brendan, I will shoot you an email because I want to see a picture of the boot to make sure.
Would the Sabretooth Pro in theory fit with the Zamberlan Pamir GTX Boot? I'm asking because I'm not so sure. See attached picture.
I have the same boot. Please let us know what you find.
Looks like this is a known issue. Backcountry and BD ship these with a small toe clip. Yours are at least close, my Koflach Degres (similar to Arctis Expe) are a complete no-go. I'm getting the large bail shipped direct from BD ($5 part, $6 shipping). Will write review if that works or not.
After contacting BD they've told me that too. I'm also planning to get the larger toe bail and I will write the review when I have it.
So... After actually using them I can say that when everything's properly set, there's no need to worry. Even in steep and vertical terrain I felt really confident. The crampon fell off twice in the very beginning but not anymore after tightening the screw in the back.
I'd reccomend them for the Zamberlan Pamir GTX boots.
would the sabretooth pro crampon fit with the progaiter booth from Salewa?
Shouldn't be any issues with compatibility here. Will work just fine.
I tried them with a 42.5EU Salewa Vertical Pro (almost the same boot) and they are ok out of the box
I have Salewa Pro Gaiters with the previous generation Sabretooth crampon and they fit out of the box. These appear to have the same slim toe bail from the pictures.