How to use Black Diamond crampon correctly, warnings, care, maintenance, transportation, inspection, lifespan and retirement with instructional pictures.
Equally at home in the Tetons as Chamonix, the Black Diamond Sabretooth crampon is our best all-around crampon for everything from moderate ice routes to big alpine faces. The Sabretooth's horizontal frontpoints provide secure bite on snow, alpine ice and rock edges, while the technical secondary points create a stable platform in softer conditions with more technical precision than the Serac. Serrated sub-points grab and hold when you're rocking over your feet. The Sabretooth's light, durable stainless steel construction won't rust, resists snow balling underfoot and is free from toxic coatings that can wear off in the mountains.
Distinctive stainless steel construction doesn't rust, is more durable, resists snow balling and saves weight
Versatile horizontal frontpoints and more technical secondary points
Low-profile micro-adjust heel bail with two positions
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.
|890 g / 31.39 oz|
|Ideal Uses||Technical Mountaineering / Alpine|
|Front Points||Horizontal Dual |
|Front Point Offset||No|
|Number of Points||14|
|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.
In a perfect world, I’d probably have several sets of crampons – an aluminum one for snow climbs and an aggressive steel crampon for leading ice climbing and mixed climbing. But that’s super expensive and definitely overkill. That’s why I have the Sabretooth crampon. I’m super stoked with the Sabretooth crampon. It performs flawlessly in everything I’ve put it through. It’s durable, it’s versatile, and it’s bombproof. The Sabretooth crampon is the perfect crampon for pretty much everybody. They offer you the security you need for any mountain adventure. Pair it with the Raven Ultra ice axe and a Whippet and you’ll be a skiing machine.
Gone are the old optional screw-in anti balling plates; the new tool-free dual density ABS plates are standard. Both bails are redesigned. The toe bail is slightly wider, and down to two adjustment holes per side from three. The Sabretooth has always been one of the best crampons for fitting around fat toe rands on boots, especially with overboots, which some crampons simply won't fit around. The heel bail is actually a tad narrower, although it still fit on a pair of Oly Mons, if snugly. The performance is unchanged, or perhaps improved, by the slightly shorter bottom points. The shorter platform is theoretically more stable, but more importantly it feels more nimble and less likely to result in spearing yourself in the calf. Funny when it happens to your partner, not so much when it's on you. A great crampon significantly improved; good on ya, BD!
To conclude, the Sabretooth crampons from Black Diamond are an awesome classic 12 point crampon, that I really am struggling to find any fault with at all. They do everything well, whether it be classic snow climbs, moderate ice routes or ski mountaineering. They adjust easily, are high quality and the stainless steel doesn’t rust or wear out quickly. I wouldn’t hesitate to take these on my next trip into the mountains.
The finish and design of the Sabretooth are impressive. The components, from the heel strap to the bales, are stout yet the crampon feels (and is) light and agile. I wouldn't hesitate to take the Sabretooth on any mountain.
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.