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Our best all-around crampon, the Sabretooth features a super-stable yet technical design with a redesigned stainless steel construction that’s optimized for added durability. READ MORE
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Our best all-around crampon, the Sabretooth features a super-stable yet technical design with a redesigned stainless steel construction that’s optimized for added durability. Learn More


From moderate local ice flows to classic mountaineering routes and technical alpine faces, the Black Diamond Sabretooth Crampon is our best all-around crampon for the spectrum of frozen objectives. The Sabretooth’s redesigned stainless steel construction incorporates a strong, yet light design with durable horizontal front points and increased rocker in the front rail to accommodate modern mountain boots. The dual secondary points are optimized for technical precision, while still maintaining a balanced, stable platform on descents and lower angle terrain.

  • Redesigned stainless steel construction is durable, resists snowballing and won’t rust > Versatile horizontal frontpoints and technical secondary points
  • Low-profile micro-adjust heel bail offers precision fit
  • Pro version accommodates boots with a toe welt
  • Clip version features flexible toe strap for boots without a toe welt
  • For use on a ski boot, you will want to order wide toe bails sold separately
  • Includes front and rear dual-density ABS

Tech Specs

Weight Per Pair :   [Clip] 910 g (2 lb)
[Pro] 890 g (1 lb 15 oz)
Materials :   Stainless steel

Sabretooth Features

Sabretooth Crampon is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and Strong I was in the market for a pair of semi-automatic crampons for my new lightweight alpine boots and these were the best fit, I tried the Grivels but they presented a large gap at the front, so I returned them. The Sabretooths had more of a curve and fit the sole very nicely, are solid when fitted. They are good quality, and I like the stainless material over the chrome-moly. They are relatively light for a non-aluminum crampon. I have had no performance issues - I haven't been in wet sticky snow so I can't comment on how well the anti-ball plates work.
Date published: 2016-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the better all-around crampons on the market A great blend of walk-ability and climb-ability, this crampon can slog up glaciers or climb alpine ice. The newer style BD ABS plates work much better than the previous generation. I'd like to see BD develop an attachment system that can toggle between the clip and pro style, as Petzl is currently making - mainly so that it's easier to use one crampon with a variety of boots.
Date published: 2016-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Work well, but not super technical These are the perfect crampons for front-pointing up steep snowfields, but they get sketchy on pre-dawn ascents on ice. On solid ice they just don't have great purchase. I understand that the flat front points are what make them so good when front-pointing on snow, so they get 5 stars in that category, but for technical mountaineering they aren't quite technical enough. I would love to see BD sell front plates (like Petzl) so I could bring up some Cyborg front plates with me and change them out depending on the route I'm taking that day.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great but needed easy small fix/adjustment This is a great all-around crampon if you are looking forward to build your experience into alpine and ice climbing. I had to buy a pair of long flex center bar for my 46.5 boots. This crampon come with standard center bar which fit up to 46. Also my crampon came in with a slightly bent front spike but it is a easy fix with pliers and file, not a big problem. I used it first time on alpine climbing trip last weekend and it works like a charm!
Date published: 2015-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for snow, not for ice. These crampons are not aggressive enough to climb ice but they do rather well at climbing alpine snow. If you are looking to buy these with hopes that you will be able to climb ice as well, look for a different pair, specifically the cyborgs.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and works well Used the crampons on Pico de Orizaba. Work very well. Very lightweight. I was between those and Grivel G12. Grivel was heavier. Happy with Sabretooth.
Date published: 2016-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love 'em. I am using these as my ski mountaineering crampons because I occasionally do encounter mixed rock conditions as I ski in the late spring/summer and I don't mind the added weight on most missions. I am thinking about getting a second pair of aluminum neves, but honestly, that's a luxury item - these would be my first go-to. They fit well and so far have been bombproof.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great All-around Crampon After over a year of using these crampons I have to say I am happy with their performance as a general all-around mountaineering crampon. I have one pair for summer use and another pair devoted completely to ski mountaineering objectives. (I had to modify the front bail as I have a ski boot with a really funky front without a regular welt; bought a second pair rather than having to change things back and forth.) If you do predominantly technical ice or mixed climbing you may want to look at the BD Cyborg or Stinger instead.
Date published: 2017-12-28
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