I'd be intersted to know how these compare to the Grivel G-14s as they seem to be closest market rival, shame this wasn;t mentioned in the review.
anyone got any experience of both makes?
amf3704 Nov 2010
In reply to UKC Gear:
Yes, this is a real weakness with the current series of gear reviews on UKC - comparisons are much more useful. This review says the cyborgs are good crampons, but the decision potential purchasers are going to make isn't really 'I want to buy some good crampons', what they want to know is 'Are the cyborgs better than g14/dartwin/whatever for my intended use?' If the reviewers don't have the experience of using a wide range of products in a certain category then you have to question the usefulness of the review.
In comparison to the other crampons I have used recently:
The Grivel G14 felt very similar in my opinion although I used these solely with a pair of SCARPA Cumbre boots which were perfectly compatible. The fact that G14s are not stainless made little if no difference to performance (in my opinion).
The Petzl Dart is a crampon which i used extensively before the Cyborg. This is probably still my favourite crampon for ice and mixed. It is different to the G14 and Cyborg, it is not modular, it is light and very precise but you can't change between duo and mono. Paired with Sportiva Evo Extreme boots it has provided me with the best level of performance and almost what I'd call "sensitivity" if such a thing is possible from a crampon/winter boot combo. Read my review of these here: http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=1789
As has already been pointed out, boot/crampon compatibility is very important when making any choice so I would advise looking closely into this before purchasing.
Hope this helps but feel free to fire any more questions my way.
I've got G14, Darts and had Cyborgs. All good crampons, but the Darts are the ones I prefer for pure ice routes.
I liked the Cyborgs, but it's the boot fit thing again. I found the front points in dual point mode just too long. They were wonderfully secure, but kind of got stuck and took effort to extract your foot back out of the ice. I didn't try them in mono-mode, because I didn't attempt the hacksawing job on the anti-bots. On really hard ice I couldn't to get the points far in, and so it allfelt a bit teetery.
I found the points on the G14s a bit short once they'd been filed a few times, so now keep them for mixed Scottish stuff, where they're great.
I understand why Kev in his review wanted to test the Cyborgs in the full range of winter environments, but that's a formula to wear them out very quickly. My icefall pair are kept scalpel sharp and cosseted from ever meeting rock, whereas at home you can spare the file because pretty much anything vaguely spikey in mono mode will do the job for relatively mushy British conditions.
Thinking about what Tony has said about point length....
Regarding the G14s, I would agree that the points soon seem a little short once you have filed them a few times. I didn't find this a problem on mixed ground as you generally experience less leverage with shorter point, so they feel more secure on small edges etc.
Regarding the Cyborgs, the points are definitely longer than on my G14s although I have set mine up to minimise this. I've not noticed any particular issues with this but understand what Tony is saying as they do seat damn well on ice routes, as I was primarily using them in mono mode though, extraction wasn't as much of an issue.
Basically my preferred crampon set up at the moment is Petzl Darts (kept scalpel-sharp) for foreign ice and Cyborgs (in mono mode) for UK mixed and mush.
If I had to choose one pair of crampons then I'd go for Cyborgs or G14s (there's not much in it, whichever fits your boots best) in mono mode, keeping the spare point really sharp for ice and using the other one for Scottish stuff.
Crikey! That's verglas! Your points wouldn't be sharp for long on there anyway You be careful!!
I'm not sure how much difference it makes, maybe it's psychological! On really featured ice maybe not but when you're just relying on your front points then I reckon it definitely does. Not as much fracturing around the placements, more secure, go in easier etc.
And yeah the hacksaw job just isn't the usual BD perfection. I did tell them this too!
In reply to TobyA: There is no reason not to keep the fronts really sharp. Yes they will dull and wear down (a little bit), but you can sharpen them again and again and eventually replace them for £12 a point
Better to have been sharp and dulled than never sharp at all!
In reply to TobyA:
>...keeping their crampons razor sharp for ice. Do you think it really makes that much difference?
It's only really about the front points. I don't think the issue for crampons is any different from that for axe picks. I definitely think it gives a big increase to the confidence you can have in your foot platform on steep ice.
In reply on front point length:
Part of the problem with Cyborgs, I think, in dual point mode is that the front points stick out as far as when they are in mono mode. That doesn't really make sense, since two points mean half the driving force into the ice through each point.
The G14s are designed such that in mono-mode the front point is more pronounced than in dual mode. This means that changing between set-ups, the 'feel' of the crampon doesn't change that much. i.e. They feel like they penetrate the ice about equally for a given kick
Glad to hear good reviews on this crampon - got this as a replacement for Darts for the coming season (well, I only had the Dart fronts (attached to Grivel rears) and it didn't work that well in the end), and just yesterday did the dual-to-mono conversion.
I think BD should have carved the mono slots to the plates already in the factory, but luckily it wasn't that tough job (hacksaw picture in the manual was amusing, used a sharp knife instead). Also, I had to slice a bit more plastic around where the nut is, as couldn't get the tool (provided) to hold the nut easily after changing to mono - sometimes I wonder if the engineers designing these actually try the final product at all
Kudos to BD though for long enough bars for us with 46+ boots, as for most of the other crampons don't fit (e.g. Rambo 4), or you need to cough up additional £25-35 for long bars (actually one of the reasons I ended up with these).