Rated 4 out of 5 by Larry No large toe bail? Seriously?!
I'm closer to a beginner but on my way to intermediate. I figured I'd replace my Austrialpin fixed horizontal points with these top-shelf Cyborgs. I'm using size 11 1/2 Koflach Degre boots, and the Cyborg front points were WAY too far out front. One guide pointed out that I can move the toe bail forward to adjust the points back. Some improvement, but still too far forward. Thanks to Jeremy at the Mountaineer in NY, he swapped out the OEM bails with larger BD toe bails. He said the OEM bails are for some other kind of boots. Not only do the larger bails fit more securely but they bring the points back more. Why didn't the guides know about this? No wonder! I see from the reviews for BD Large Toe Bails that BD is just not putting the info out there! Not in advertising, not on the website, not in the instruction manual. That's pretty sorry marketing. I paid a little more money for a pair of competitor top shelf crampons for my wife, but at least they came with a bag AND two styles of bails. BD, you let me down this time. I'm hoping I'll appreciate my Cyborgs more as I get better, so I'll keep working with them, but there was no need for this initial frustration.
March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steve Awesome Crampons
I have nothing negative to say about these crampons. They are really solid and well constructed with the duel point setup or mono with a really good antibot system. The heal lever and toe bail are standard and work great. I would recommend them and so far I've climbed solid WI4 with these and played around on some WI3 routes with no issues.
January 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steve Great crampons
I've been climbing on the Cyborgs for a few years now and am totally satisfied with them. They get excellent purchase on steep ice without displacing to much ice. No balling up under foot. Once they are adjusted correctly they are secure as if you screwed them to your boots.
November 12, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Greg worn out in one season
Beautifull design, clever use of stainless steel, binding works fine (perfect for La Sportiva Nepal Evo).
Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to use the forged front teeth this winter for ice climbing... The stainless steel teeth are already completely worn out after just one season of alpine mountaineering. By comparison, my previous crampons lasted 4 or 5 seasons with about the same number of mixed routes every year.
I couldn't resist measuring the hardness of the remains of my old crampons, so I took both of my old crampons to a friends who runs a small fabrication shop and could measure the surface harness. HV30 hardness is just shy of 400 for the BD Cyborg, and shy of 500 for the now 5 or 6-year old competitor crampon.
So yes, the old crampons are very rusty, but it's obvious to me that the extra 20% surface hardness makes a big difference on wear.
I didn't do much front pointing this summer, so the front point are still OK, but the rest of the crampon has unfortunately reached its end of life after a 3-month season.
It's too bad that the soft-ish stainless steel lets down such a good looking and functionnal crampon. It also means that the Cyborg won't rank very high in term of eco footprint (4 or 5 times as many crampons are needed for the same job).
October 3, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by jason Switching dual to mono is difficult
I think this crampon climbs well and works great. The one beef I have is that (for me) it's super difficult to go from mono point to dual point configuration or vice versa. You also have to cut the plastic on the bail in order to do this. Not something you can do in the field. I really wanted this to be a crampon I could take on a trip, do some mixed climbing (mono point config), and then the next day do a big long water ice climb (dual point config), but I have found it too difficult to change configuration.
July 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Carly Well built and well designed
The Cyborg's are a great crampon for vertical ice. I would consider myself an intermediate ice climber (climbing grade 3/4 ice) and these crampons make me look good! I would reccommend them to anyone. They fit my boots perfectly, they feel rigid while climbing and I have not had to sharpen them after several uses.
June 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by GuyG for ice and rocks
I use it on steep hard snow mount, ice, mixed roots and dry tooling (with one point). it look like it can take all and going to last for years! great crampons for all use for a great price
May 3, 2013