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Black Diamond Stinger Crampon

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Stinger Crampon

The Black Diamond Stinger Crampon features an aggressive mono-point design to give you an edge on steep ice and high-end mixed climbs. Plus, you get anti-balling plates, which keep snow from building up on the bottom of these 'poons when you're topping out on a long pitch. Black Diamond went with full stainless steel to eliminate rusting, so these crampons will surely last you season after season.
  • The front point was built a little toward the inside of your foot to act more as an extension of your big toe and is assisted by two sub points for pure ice
  • Anti-balling plates ensure ice and snow doesn't collect and add weight to your kicks
  • Step-in attachment works easily with most boots and can be easily adjusted for a secured fit
  • The two-piece design features a flexible, sliding center piece to fit your boot size, and it features small spikes to bite into bulging, irregular ice
  • Item #BLD1408

Claimed Weight
[pair] 2 lb 1.2 oz
Recommended Use
ice/mixed climbing, mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Experienced Climber's Approval

I've put it through the wringer

"These are my preferred cramp ons. I love the easy adjustment and the heel screw, which enables you to get a custom fit. The front mono point has a great balance. I've been going through different cramp ons over the past 40 years, but these are my favorite." Gifted my dad some shiny new ones for Christmas. Still uses his older ones for thin conditions, no sweat.

>Rating: 5

Work well on the grass -waiting for some

Just got these and tried them on my boots- they go on much easier than my old crampons. The bend in the shank seems like it will make the front point much more ergonomic.

>Rating: 5

Great for waterfalls not so great for..

I've put it through the wringer

I have four pairs of crampons. These are the best I have for climbing vertical even tho I would prefer a single out of rear also, but the concept they have keeps the rear spike more clear from damaging stuff. Not bad for dry. These things are not that great for alpine mountaineering. If you going up steep terrain I would recommend a different crampon.

>Rating: 5

Monopoint goodness

I've used it several times

Took these out for a run last weekend in Ouray. I have used dual points for years, believing monopoints to be less stable in pure ice. I could not have been more wrong. While duals have a tendency to shatter ice and form a step or pocket after a couple of kicks, these are more likely to penetrate the ice, providing a solid foot placement. Also, the green ABS plates look bad-ass. I don't think my Cyborgs are going to get much mileage from here on out.

>Rating: 4

Great Ice climbing crampon

I've put it through the wringer

I got these for dedicated Ice climbing crampon. They are sweet. I've used petzl darts and BD sabertooths , and cycborgsand these are by far the best I've used. I really like how well the single front point goes in and allows my secondaries to engage. They also seem very stable underfoot and I can walk well on rock and have been great for the few mixed routes I've been on.

>Rating: 5

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I've put it through the wringer

These are AWESOME! super huge monopoint, way aggressive, super solid purchase. there are little points on either side of the monopoint that help make it stable, and the secondary points are so aggressive that they engage too. So if you sink these all the way into the ice you are standing on 5 points. That being said they are hard to walk in. The front and secondary points want to chew your pants up! Gaiters or tight pants recommended. If you are looking for a dual service Ice/mountaineering crampon, look elsewhere. if you want a technical ice monster, you found it.


Toeing In

Toeing in on a mixed route at Pictured Rocks, MI


Tip for front bale removal

I figured maybe someone else might find this useful. I had a very difficult time moving the front bale between holes. It didn't matter how hard I pulled or in what position, I could not remove it. I ended up taking a piece of parachute webbing and feeding it through the space between the bale and the frame to use as a pull handle. It allowed the bale to naturally rotate into the right position when pulling and removed it out in a snap. Maybe I just have weak hands, but if anyone else has the same issue it really makes removing and reinserting the front bale a total breeze.


You can also just use the heel bail strap.

Thanks for posting this Josh! I spent the last 1/2 hr wrestling with the bale before googling the best way to remove it. Your suggestion popped up, and life is good again! I'd also add that clamping the crampon body into a vice makes the job quite a bit easier as well. Cheers!


Stingers in action

Love the Stingers...an improvement over the Cyborgs, and I didn't think that was possible.

>Rating: 4

Great Crampon

These are pretty sick. Used Cyborgs for years and the new Stinger beats them for mono-point usage. The new geometry grabs rock better and the mono-point is great. Fit is about the same as Cyborgs, although the front point sticks out a little farther than my Cyborgs, even after adjusting. Great all around mono-point setup.

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What is the difference between the Stingers and the Cyborg's and Petzl Lynx when both those are in mono-point setup?


Would these be suitable for ski mountaineering as well as ice climbing? Im wondering if they would work with a dynafit ski boot?

Hi Simon! Thanks for reaching out to us and giving us a chance to work with you! This is a great question, one that I'm sure other people have been wondering about as well. So these crampons are designed for Mixed and Ice climbing, very technical climbing and would not be suitable for crossing over into Ski-Mountaineering as you would find them especially unstable will trying to french-step and traverse slopes where you would need the stability of two front-points. They are also not the best at down-climbing lower angle slopes, although we would all hope that you could ski those slopes rather than having to down climb. A better option would be the Black Diamond Cyborg crampons as they are dual-point but can be configured for Mono-point usage as well. Need more info/beta? Want help getting geared up for your next adventure? Feel free to reach out to me directly @ nreed@backcountry.com