Rated 5 out of 5
by Dean Excellent on Ice and Rock
I purchased these for climbing steeper ice and with the hope giving mixed climbing a shot. I have found these crampons to be excellent for both!
Before these I climbed ice on BD Sabretooths, which themselves are amazing, but the stingers just feel so good and secure on steep ice. I trust my foot placements on all ice with these on my boots. Chandelier, bullet, pocketed, even wet slushy ice. I was somewhat hesitant to go mono points instead a dual/mono like the cyborgs, fearing that in soft ice they would slice out. I have yet to experience that problem, and I'm still out hunting for ice in mid April. The large/aggressive secondary points add a lot of security and balance when engaged.
Be a surgeon, not a lumber jack when you are climbing ice. Stingers are perfect.
Only thing to watch out for is the toe bails. Stingers come with the larger size bails, which I have discovered don't fit my Scarpa Mont Blancs or LS Nepals very well. So make sure to order some small ones too.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robert Light and balanced
These are my 2nd pair of crampons i have ever owned. Going from a second-hand pair of 90's 20-pt spikes to these, I think they are great. These are light, strong, and provide good purchase on the ice. Highly recommended.
August 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brian This crampon significantly improved my climbing!
After climbing with dual point crampons for many years, I must say that the Black Diamond Stinger Crampon has completely changed my perception of what is possible in climbing ice! These crampons are lightweight, precise, and make me feel like a superhero!...or maybe I've just had a breakthrough in climbing ice??? Regardless, if you try them, you will be psyched!
February 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sam Stellar!
My new go-to crampons. With the security for solo laps on the Great White Icicle and the precision for mixed routes in Ouray, these mono-points are rock solid. And, the replaceable front point means that I'll be climbing on these for years to come.
January 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sondra Amazing Mixed and Steep Ice Crampon
I love these crampons for ice and mixed climbing. The are light, sharp and technical. The only reason I am rating them with four stars is because the toe bails don't fit well on my boots (but that is universal for all the BD toe bails on my boots). I have never seen this to be a problem on boots larger than a woman's 7.5 or so. I would highly suggest them despite that and even if you have small feet.
January 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Marc Best Crampon for Steep Ice
This is the best crampon for steep ice i've ever used. I've had Cyborgs and Sabertooths and Givel Rambo 2s... the Stinger is hands down the best. A no frills, basic semi rigid design cuts down on weight but not function. It's confidence inspiring to look down and kick knowing they're going to stick!
December 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Doug Best of the lot
These are the best crampons BD makes, which means they are the best out there. I used to use mono points, but they went out of favor. I was glad to see them back. They climb awesome on steep ice and are awesome in mixed terrain. The steel is holds its sharpness for a long, long time. These are my choice for all technical climbing from ice up Hyalite to the Karakorum.
June 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dawn Best ever
This is the best crampon I have ever had. It fits the front of my boots perfectly, providing zero wiggle room in the bail. I feel the crampon helps to make my footwork even more precise.
May 20, 2013