Black Diamond Cyborg Pro
The Cyborg is Black Diamond’s teched-out crampon for ice and mixed climbing. Its materials, bindings, finish and adjustments are the same or similar to those used on the Sabretooth, so we’ll stick to the details that are different.
Cassin Blade RunnerThe Blade Runner may be the most technically advanced, versatile crampon yet devised. The front chassis is chromoly steel, while the heel plate is thinner, lighter, sharper, stainless. Its footprint is that of an asymmetric … Continue reading "Cassin Blade Runner"
Black Diamond SnaggletoothThe Snaggletooth is an eyebrow lifter. Like the name says, the crampon has one front tooth, a widish, almost spoon-like monopoint that protrudes like an extension of your big toe. A stubby, secondary frontpoint rides … Continue reading "Black Diamond Snaggletooth"
CAMP XLC Nanotech – AutomaticAluminum crampons weigh about half that of their steel counterparts, making them the choice for snow climbing and glacier travel. Trouble is, aluminum front points can bend if you kick them into hard water … Continue reading "CAMP XLC Nanotech – Automatic"
CAMP XLC NANOTECH – SEMI-AUTOMATICAluminum crampons weigh about half that of their steel counterparts, making them the choice for snow climbing and glacier travel. Trouble is, aluminum front points can bend if you kick them into hard water ice, … Continue reading "CAMP XLC NANOTECH – SEMI-AUTOMATIC"
GSb Binding plus Scarpa Freney XT bootHaving nearly had a nasty accident when a clip-on crampon popped off my boot while leading, I was keen to try the new GSb system on the Grivel G14 crampon and Scarpa Freney … Continue reading "GSb Binding plus Scarpa Freney XT boot"
CAMP Vector NanotechCAMP Vector Nanotech | $279.95 | camp-usa.com ★★★★ These are the lightest steel crampons in the world. Paired with Scarpa’s super-light Phantom Guide, they create a performance combo that nearly competes with a fruit … Continue reading "CAMP Vector Nanotech"
Black Diamond Sabretooth ProBlack Diamond enters the stainless-steel crampon arena, replacing its chromoly steel (aka carbon steel) Cyborg, Sabretooth, Serac and Contact (latter two not reviewed) with stainless-steel versions. Before digging into how the Sabretooth and … Continue reading "Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro"
Kahtoola MicroSpikes$59 | www.kahtoola.com | 4½ Stars Last year, the first December storm dropped a couple of feet of snow in one fell swoop. A shroud of ice and powder draped the trees, trails and … Continue reading "Kahtoola MicroSpikes"
Kahtoola Traction System (KTS)Kahtoola Traction System | $139 aluminum, $144 steel | kahtoola.com ★★★★ Going into the mountains for late fall or spring rock climbing? Chances are you might have to traverse ice or steep snow patches. In … Continue reading "Kahtoola Traction System (KTS)"