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Snaggletooth Crampon

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Combining the precision of a monopoint with the stability and versatility of horizontal frontpoints, the Snaggletooth is the perfect crampon for technical alpine routes in the big mountains.


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Originally conceived by Black Diamond athlete and metalworker Whit Magro, the Black Diamond Snaggletooth Crampon is a horizontal monopoint designed for big alpine routes where crux mixed pitches demand technical precision, but long approach slopes and snowy summit ridges require increased stability. A small secondary frontpoint offers additional stability and bite on both steep ice and low-angle neve. The Snaggletooth’s stainless steel construction features a strong yet lightweight design with rocker in the front rail to accommodate modern mountain boots.

  • Unique horizontal monopoint with smaller secondary front point
  • Stainless steel construction is lightweight, durable, resists snowballing and won’t rust > Low-profile micro-adjust heel bail offers precision fit
  • 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

Tech Specs

Weight Per Pair :   890 g (1 lb 15 oz)
Materials :   Stainless steel

Snaggletooth Features




  • 2016 Climbing Magazine Editors' Choice
Snaggletooth Crampon is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique on the market For full disclosure I'm a BD ambassador, but even if I wasn't I would still climb in this crampon, and recommend it to everyone I can because I want to see it stay in the line! Several years ago, before the Snaggletooth existed, I spent a winter climbing with a different crampon on each foot to get a true objective feel for what worked best. (Most people don't take the time, or have the luxury, for this level of gear "nerdiness," and therefore generally have relatively subjective opinions about gear in my opinion.) What I discovered during this experimentation was that the small amount of flex in a horizontal point crampon, versus a nearly rigid crampon, created less fatigue and made for far less foot slips, than crampons with rigid vertical points. This is especially true on some of the trickiest terrain you encounter while alpine climbing, snow covered rock. At the time the only problem with using a horizontal crampon like the Sabertooth with dual points meant that it was sometimes hard to pivot on the smallest footholds, or use tiny seams. The Snaggletooth eliminated that problem. I've used this crampon everywhere from Alaska, to Scotland, to Peru, and it is far and away my favorite. Sure, if I'm going climbing at a steep dry tooling crag like Vail I will still use a Stinger to be able to toe into small footholds on steep terrain, and utilize divots created by traffic, but for the vast majority of the climbing I do, the Snaggletooth is the best crampon on the market.
Date published: 2020-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for mixed climbing These crampons significantly better for dry tooling and mixed climbing than other horizontal front point crampons currently on the market. The slight reduction in performance on snow and ice is offset by the increased performance on rock for any mixed climb. I generally prefer the horizontal monopoint to vertical monopoints. However, I do wish that Black Diamond will eventually center the monopoint, to reduce torque on ankles, when all of your weight is placed on the monopoint. The torque from the off-center monopoint can be slightly uncomfortable, at times.
Date published: 2019-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Paired great with La Sportiva Nepal cubes. One rainier climb no issues very pleased. Looking forward to many more climbs and some ice routes in the winter.
Date published: 2019-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Crampon Ever!!!! I have been ice climbing for 22 years. I have worn a lot of different crampon configurations. The Snaggletooth is by far the best crampon I have ever had. The horizontal front point excels on thin ice, chandelier features and small rock holds. I have even been able to smear on itty bitty holds with success.
Date published: 2018-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got me to the top of Aconcagua! 22,841ft. Great product that fits well and climbs even better.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grippy Moving on to my fifth pair of crampons and each time they keep getting better. I love these- they are grippy, easy to put on and off, hug the boot very well, and very reliable. I take these on all my major glacier expeditions!!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Initial reactions with BD i purchased these to climb water ice, they are likely the 5th or 6th set of crampons i have bought over the last 15-20 years. loved the reviews so figured to give them a try. brought them as a second set to climb glacier peak (not water ice lol) for a test out. voila, they would not fit my koflach arctis expes. tried them on my koflach invernos and same issue. the toe bail just kept popping out when i tried to install them. last week brought them for a friend to try on waterfall ice and they were a perfect fit. contacted BD and immediately was told i need the wide bail. my info was taken and a pair of toe bails arrived asap. would not take any payment, not even shipping fees. so i will try them at ouray this feb and give some feedback. oh, and BD used a cut down recycled shipping envelope to ship. peter, you are a visionary and walk the walk.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Regulating the crampons to fit Hi, just got them and trying to fit them to my boots. Moved the back Bail with ease. The front toe bail is very hard. Any advice or manual included with the purchase would be most helpful!
Date published: 2016-12-01
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