How to use Black Diamond crampon correctly, warnings, care, maintenance, transportation, inspection, lifespan and retirement with instructional pictures.
From vertical ice routes in Switzerland to hard alpine mixed routes in the Canadian Rockies, the Black Diamond Cyborg crampon is our high-end ice and mixed climbing crampon. Built with a semi-rigid stainless steel construction, the Cyborg's versatile design can be converted from dual- to mono-point, and the hooded vertical frontpoints provide solid bite on everything from tenuous ice blobs to horizontal rock edges. The Cyborg's light and durable stainless steel design won't rust, resists snow balling and is free from toxic coatings that wear off in the mountains.
Distinctive stainless steel construction doesn't rust, is more durable, resists snow balling and saves weight
Low-profile micro-adjust heel lever offers precision fit
Adjustable, hooded frontpoints and aggressive secondary points
Pro version accommodates boots with a toe welt
Clip version features flexible toe strap for boots without a toe welt
Includes dual-density ABS
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|Weight per Pair (g / oz)|
Weight per Pair (g / oz)
In grams and ounces, the weight of both crampons together, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
If there are differences in weight (due to multiple sizes or optional accessories) we'll note those here.
|1080 g / 38.10 oz|
|Ideal Uses||Technical Mountaineering / Alpine Waterfall Ice Mixed (Rock & Ice) / Dry Tooling|
|Front Points||Vertical Mono / Dual (replaceable points)|
|Front Point Offset||No|
|Number of Points||12|
|Main Material||Stainless steel|
|Crampon Case||Sold Separately (see the case here)|
|Heel Spur Attachment||None made for this model|
The main climbing gear certifications are CE and UIAA--and normally the UIAA creates the rules that the CE body also supports. When possible, we try to list all the certifications the product carries.
To sell a climbing product in Europe, the device must be CE certified. There are no official requirements to sell climbing gear in the US. The UIAA certification is a voluntary process.
This video shows how to sharpen your crampon correctly.
As a technical crampon, the Cyborg is excellent, and you'd be pressed to get better performance outside an integrated bolt-on crampon rig (aka fruitboots). Two thumbs up for ice of any sort, rock, ice and rock (alpine climbing!), and even technical mountaineering when you need the precise performance of vertical front-points and are willing to sacrifice some security on snow slopes.
Even though stainless steel doesn't create the miracle metal upgrade that one might want, Black Diamond's design and construction still make the newest Cyborg one of the best tools available for hard winter climbing.
Pros: perform well in a variety of climbing conditions; lightweight; low-profile
design; easy to put on and take off.
Con: difficult to switch to monopoint setup.
The UIAA equipment standard provides a baseline for equipment performance in a test lab under controlled conditions on new equipment. Although these test conditions are relevant to the conditions encountered climbing, conditions encountered at the crags and the condition of the equipment are equally important. This recommendation from the UIAA member federation The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) provides vital equipment information that is NOT explicitly addressed in the standard, particularly failure modes of the equipment and recommendations for the use, inspection, maintenance, and retirement of equipment.
A pictoral representation of the UIAA-153 and EN-893 standards for crampons.