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When tooling up for frozen grudge matches, nothing brightens the spirits like sharp, dependable, high-performance poons. The BLACK DIAMOND EQUIPMENT CYBORG PRO CRAMPONS ($199.95, epitomize this — their aggressive dual frontpoints and sculpted underfoot points add security on translucent ice smears and micro rock edges; plus, they were joyfully stable and easy to place on meaty flows and alpine rock. Further performance comes from an incredibly durable, corrosion-resistant stainless- steel construction, integrated anti-balling snow plates, and precise-fitting, microadjustable heel levers.

—Dave Sheldon