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.