The Cyborg Pro by Black Diamond is a high-end ice and mixed climbing crampon that has distinctive stainless steel construction that is incredibly lightweight, durable, and resists snow balling and rust. This essential ice climbing gear features a low-profile micro-adjust heel lever to provide a more precision fit, and adjustable, hooded frontpoints and aggressive secondary points for superior performance on the ice. Black Diamond's Cyborg Pro version accommodates ice climbing boots with a toe welt, and also includes dual-density ABS. Happy climbing.
Designed using stainless steel for increased weight savings, and combining sensitivity, strength and versatility, the Cyborg Crampons from Black Diamond are true performers in the frozen realm. Available for technical or trekking boots, the modular, hooded, adjustable frontpoints provide multiple configurations for varying vertical ice or mixed terrain while aggressive secondary points provide the added grip and traction that you need.
Optimized for steep waterfall ice, mixed climbing or hard mountain routes, the Cyborg’s semi-rigid design offers maximum control for precise placement with minimal weight. Used in mono- or dual-point configuration, the modular, hooded vertical frontpoints perform flawlessly on everything from tiny rock edges to thin ice smears. Substantial, aggressive secondary points enhance balance and stability and an articulated center strap and Micro-Adjust™ heel lever provide a solid fit on almost all technical boots. ABS plates included.
|Activity:||Vertical Ice / Mixed|
|Boot Size Range:||36-46|
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Crampon Attachment:||Step In|
|Number of Points:||12|
|Recommended Use:||alpine climbing, ice & mixed climbing|
|Weight:||2 lb 7.5 oz; 1.12 kg|
|Weight (Grams):||1120 g|
|Weight Per Pair:||2 lb 7.5 oz / 1.12 kg|
|Weight [with packaging]:||3.05 lb|
|Black Diamond Cyborg Clip Crampon||$199.95|
This season I bought Kayland Hyper Traction boots with these BD cyborg Pro Crampons. Honestly brings a smile to my face thinking about how dialed this set up is, especially compared with my old lowe boots + clip crampons. This season I did Ice Cliff Glacier on Mt Stuart. A full day of 30 - 60 deg snow and ice w/ two vertical moves which is suited for the sabretooths. I had zero problem with my front point slipping through soft snow on steep snow. Conventional wisdom is that front teeth like those on the sabertooths are more efficient on glacier type travel. From my limited experience the front point design on the cyborg pros close that gap. I have also used these on vertical glacier ice and found the front points set with little effort. I have not used other front point crampons to compare though.
I have read that switching this crampon to a single point is a chore, just a heads up. The anti-balling works but dont expect miracles. It will still happen on steep plunge stepping. From my experience of using both types of crampons, I can not suggest buying a new pair of clip style crampons. If you have to you use non-compatible boots buy used clip crampons. In my opinion all the performance you pay for is lost the minute you try to control it through a clip style attachment.
I'm a big fan of these crampons. As easy to use as most any other modern crampon, fit well on single and double wall boots, and hold their points well. It's a personal preference, but I love the monopoint for steep ice, though if this was the only crampon you had in your quiver, the dual points are great for snow or couloir routes. The wide platform and angle of the secondary points are huge pluses in my book too.
Shoo makes a great point about not all the pieces being stainless (and the Lynx)...you will still see some rust, though in my opinion there is no reason to worry or even consider breakage.
The cyborg is heavy, so i don't like carrying it in my pack on ski trips, but when I'd ice climbing or mountaineering over mixed ice/rock terrain, these are the crampons I take. They're burley, have many, sharp points and cinch up nicely. The micro adjustments on the heel allow me to get a good, secure fit and there's a big, long strap that can fit over any boots. Cut the strap for safety or weave it back in if you're afraid of cutting it too short. - otherwise it's a liability you don't need in a nofall zone.
The replaceable front points are excellent for long term use of the product.
I have used a few BD crampons and these seem to be the best in my opinion!!
You can really use them for anything and the are really solid
I got the long center bars because I thought I would need them for my size 13 mountaineering boots but the standard bars fit with 4 notches left...they even fit on my 349mm sole length ski boots without the long bars...im not sure what size boots would need the long bars but they would have to be HUGE
Never had anything like this, they are perfect for ice climbing. and when walking on glaciers you kinda feel like you're cheating a bit :P
only downside is that on the La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX it takes a lot of effort to get it on properly so beware
(what i mean by this is that even if you put it on tight it is still able to wiggle about)
Though something tells me the new Petzl Lynx is going to put the cyborgs out of business, these are really a fantastic set of technical climbing crampons. They have a great fit to most modern climbing boots (some adjustment of the front bail would be helpful). The replaceable points are very handy, makes sharpening and replacing cheap and relatively easy. The ability to switch between dual and mono is invaluable. They are my default crampons for everything technical (steep waterfall ice, mixed, and pure dry tooling). While I am listing a few noticeable flaws below, it's worth noting that I am overall pretty happy with my purchase.
Flaw #1) It's NOT all-stainless. There are two key parts which are cro-moly steel: the bolts holding the front points, and the front points themselves. Mixing stainless and non-stainless steel parts INCREASES the rate of rust due to galvanic corrosion. I am a bit disappointed that a stainless bolt wasn't included for this reason, or at least free replacement bolts. There is also rust where the front points meet the holding bar. Bolt rust on mine is to the point where it is very difficult to change the points, and where breakage may occur, and I take VERY good care to try to keep them dry post-climb.
Flaw #2: You have to manually dissect the anti balling plates to use them in mono. It would have been fairly easy to just make a plate in which this is not an issue.