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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

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    1 year

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    Easy on...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    ...easy off. Love these verses the semi-auto, particularly in sketchy conditions when you may need to put them on super fast to save those fingers! I'll never use semi-auto's again. Highly recommend!

    Work Great

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have a Pair of Dalbello Lupo AX 120s size 28.5 and gthese cramp ons fit perfectly on my boots. I read several reviews that they do not work on this boot but I do not see how they wouldnt work? They fit firm and snug just as a crampon should. Ive attached photos for everyone to see.

    Work Great

    Didn’t fit my boots

      I have Dalbello Lupo factory boots. Despite the box saying the crampons would fit on iso 9523 soles (what my dalbellos are), they do not fit. I tried the various toe bails in the various holes and still didn’t work. With this said, I think the crampons were great and would have helped in situations where my lightweight aluminum crampons aren’t appropriate (rocks, technical ascents, and more vertical ice).

      Fit issue

        These crampons seemed exactly what I was looking for: heavy duty ski mountaineering crampons for rock and ice covered routes to compliment my lightweight aluminum crampons. Unfortunately when I tried to fit them to my dalbello Lupo factory boots (iso 9523) they simply wouldn’t fit. I tried the wide both sizes of toe nails in both of the different holes. This was a bit annoying considering the box even states that these crampons should fit ISO 9523 soles. It does seem that other people are having luck though.

        Quiver of One Crampon

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Great for all around use- snow travel, ice climbing and some mixed stuff as well. There are lighter aluminum crampons that may be better for long snow travel and pack-ability, and vertical point crampons better for technical ice, but there are very few crampons that match the Sabretooth in its ability to do both of these things well. They provide fantastic traction on steeper pitches, resist snow balling up underfoot, and are very durable. I have used them on both mountaineering and ski boots and have not had any issues with retention. I would definitely recommend these as a go anywhere, do anything crampon.

        Couldn't ask for more

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        After a couple of seasons of renting crampons, I finally invested in my own. I made the right choice with the Sabretooth!

        I've heard some negative mutterings about the anti-balling not working on these, but I haven't experienced an issues so far. The toe bail fit perfectly on my Lowa Mountain Expert GTX EVO boots. I did have to order the longer center bar from BD, but only just. If your foot size is smaller than 14, I doubt you'll have the same problem.

        These didn't disappoint on couloirs. They grip just as they should and give you more than ample traction for steeper slopes.

        The do it all crampon

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Actually my second pair of Sabretooth Pro crampons I've owned. The first pair got stolen unfortunately, but after using them for multiple trips through steep snow, glacier travel and even ice climbing, I was sold. I've used other styles of crampons with the toe strap things and nothing beats the clip in feature on the front. It locks it in very well. If your boot has a groove for it, put it to use!!! This crampon will get you just about anywhere. Don't spend less and be limited to only certain activities, and don't spend more unless you're looking for a very specialized crampon.

        Great Fit for Dynafit Ski Boots

          I bought these crampons for backcountry skiing steeper slopes. I have Dynafit Neo Px boots (women's, size 25.5). I needed to buy a wide toe bail from Black Diamond to fit these ski boots. But did my first couloir with them and they worked great! Tip: Clamp down the crampon to a vice and use cordlette to change out the toe bails.

          The standard

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I've used these successfully with Baruntse's, AFS 8000s, Koflach's Arctis and a couple other pairs of boots. The adjustability of these crampons is excellent as is the functionality. Snow, ice, scree, rock, whatever . . . these crampons deliver.

          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.

          Toe Bail:
          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)

          Anti-balling plates:
          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?

          Sean, I also have Scarpa Freedom SLs and am contemplating these crampons for Mt Washington trips this winter. Where do I get large toe bails for these? (Seems you know the answer to this one already). Thanks very much for a very informative review. I was also considering the hybrid version with straps in the front, but your review convinced me otherwise.

          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.

          Take a beating and keep on ticking

          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

          The Ski Mountaineer's Multi-tool
          Unanswered Question

          I'm having trouble fitting these to my Dynafit TLT5 AT boots. I recently bought these crampons, and they came with two sets of toe bails, so I assumed the larger one was the "Wide". However, neither seem to fit the toe of my boots. Is there another toe bail that is available?

          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?

          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.

          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.

          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.

          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?