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Technical Ice 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: gonzo, 2007-06-25


I have the strap in sabertooth. I have used them only on technical ice. They are ok up to about WI3 from there on I seem to struggle with them a little. The front points are not aggresive enougth or long enougth. And when high stepping on steep ice the crampons tend to sheer out from under you.

Saying that on WI3 and below these crampons are great. The second set of teeth are quite aggresive and give you great stability. The front points are angled and you can hook delicate chandeliers in between the 2 front points instead of piercing them and potentialy breaking them. All in all I'm happy with them. But may consider getting something like the Dartwin if I was going to do a lot more steeper ice.

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: physics, 2006-09-23


First, I have used the BD sabertooths for 3 years now and are one of three different pairs of crampons sitting in my climbing closet. These things are made with top notch durability and mine still have much life left in them after numerous glacier climbs, water ice pitches, and crossings over rock out croppings. With that said, the durability comes with a huge price, as for alpine trips these crampons are quite heavy, too heavy in fact, probably amongst the most heavy crampons on the market. If you are driving up directly to the climb, these might be ok for you, but if you are packing your crampons in over a long approach, possibly you should consider something lighter. Being a general all-around crampon, are function "ok" for hard vertical ice, but unfortunately I have had problems with the toe bail of mine unclipping on one occasion while on lead (not cool!). In the end after all my years with the sabertooths, I find them collecting more dust in my closet as I grab for my G14s more frequently.

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: tyify, 2006-04-16


I've been pretty pleased with my Sabertooths. Do vertical ice pretty well and hike pretty well (if you have the ABS plates). I use the step in attachment style and they always feel very solid on my foot. Easy to attach and keep a point. I would suggest these to anyone getting into alpine/ice!

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: soccer_fan, 2004-08-10


Really liked my sabers in RMNP this summer - they worked great on the snow, ice (all two moves of WI), and mixed. I've got the version w/ the heal bail, and they felt very secure on my rented Invernos. I'd recommend them, and look forward to many more seasons with them.

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: sharpie, 2004-05-24


Good, solid, all-round mountaineering crampons. Mine have taken pleanty of abuse over the past few years and they still perform as new.

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