The Cyborg by Black Diamond is a high-end ice and mixed climbing crampon with a lightweight stainless steel design.
|Black Diamond Cyborg Crampon||$159.96 - $199.95|
|Black Diamond Sabretooth Clip Crampon||$169.95 - $179.95|
I purchased these crampons primarily for vertical waterfall ice. I had previously been climbing with a pair of crampons which had horizontal front points and decided that the vertical front points would hold the ice better. I was correct in my assumption. My feet feel more secure with the Cyborgs and as a result my climbing has improved.
The reason I only gave the crampons 4 stars is that I haven't been able to get a tight, secure fit with the crampon. After a couple of climbs the "clip" on the front which is secured with the strap loosens which allows the crampon front points to become crooked. If I stop climbing and retighten the straps they seem to remain straight. Bottom line is that they don't secure as well as those with a front bail. Even given this problem I'm satisfied with their performance. I have a small foot (7.5) so I may just be inbetween secure fittings.
These crampons are a great match with the La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX mountain boots, and are an awesome tool for those whose footwear lacks a front welt. These fit my size 12 boots with plenty of room to spare. Easy to step into and put on, they are quick to adjust if you want to share with a friend. The anti balling plates work very well when moving between ice climbs and most importantly, these crampons kick very nicely into the ice.
Tried out several different brands/types and these seemed the easiest to get on and the sturdiest. They new stainless makes a big difference in weight but it will mean less durability. If you're looking to put in a lot of miles quickly, stainless may not be for you. Overall, great crampons.
love the stainless. the anti ballin plate rocks. best crampon on the market