Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool

Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool is rated 4.9393939393939394 out of 5 by 33.
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Product Description Item No.   10036053

The Cobra Ice Tool by Black Diamond is a staple of hard ice leads and bold alpine routes. This year we've redesigned the shape of our legendary Cobra's lightweight carbon fiber shaft to give it the most clearance of any of our tools without sacrificing balance or axis of rotation. The new silhouette also reduces the overall weight of the Cobra by over 100 grams. The carbon fiber shaft keeps the majority of the tool's weight in the head. Carbon fiber also provides vibration-free placements with minimal flex, a damp, balanced swing and wrist-flick sticks. Over-molded and textured, a new, minimized rubber grip is integral to the Cobra's lower shaft for a flush fit, positive control and a secure, precise grip. The optional integrated Android Leash can be added for hard ice climbing. Comes equipped with Laser Pick, removable Fang and Strike. Patented.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool

  • Lightweight, high-clearance carbon fiber shaft
  • Balanced with weight in head for damp, accurate strikes
  • Laser Pick, Cobra Strike and Fang included, modular head design
  • Shaft CEN-T certified, patented
  • Pick is CEN-B

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Awards: Rock and Ice Best In Gear (BIG) Award - 2007
Shaft Material: Carbon Fiber
Weight: 21 oz
Head Material: Chromoly / Stainless Steel
Best Use: Mountaineering and Alpine, Ice and Mixed Climbing
Pick Shape: Curved
Shaft Shape: Bent
Axe Length: 50 cm
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tools for leashless climbing in alpine environments. I've used these on a few technical climbs on cascade volcanoes so far. I love being able to use them leashless: after I bought these I promptly made my own umbilicals, and I couldn't be happier. They climb neve and ice very well, and they even plunge very well. I haven't had the chance to try out a pair of the Nomics (which seem to be about the only competition for the Cobra), so I really can't make a fair comparison in that sense.,,,,The one, very minor annoyance I have noticed is that while climbing some neve on the NFNWR of Adams, the tools were a bit sticky when trying to remove placements.. Nothing a little filing couldn't fix.
Date published: 2010-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sexy, Light,and it Sticks! These tools are amazing. Designed to be used both leashed or leashless, they offer amazing versatility and stunning performance. The pick has a solid design, and will happily stick plastic water ice and hard alpine ice with equal ease. The carbon fiber shafts transmit little to no shock through the tool, which I consider a positive, although some people dislike this feature.,,,,The fang grip is great for leashless climbing, although I'd recommend picking up the BD spinner leash as if you're planning on lots of leashless climbing. Nothing would be worse than losing a tool while many pitches up a waterfall.,,,,Plus, they look awesome!
Date published: 2010-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cobras Carbon. Mmmmmm.... Nothing absorbs vibration, is as "smooth," and all-around bomber strong as Carbon cobras. I put hundreds of high-abuse pitches on mine every year, ranging from WI easy to WI really hard spray and mixed routes, and never even think about these tools, they just work. I've climbed M11 on 'em, alpine routes, just the best all-around technical tool going. In picked-out warm ice any tool will work OK, but get on something with fresh ice up high in the mountains and advantages of having the best possible tool are apparent really fast. Note--I am biased as I worked on the design of these tools, but I helped make them so they work well! Will Gadd
Date published: 2013-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Choice for Alpine Ice I own several generations of this ice tool. it has a fairly classic design, with the addition (in Gen2) of finger rests. The fact that the tools have (respectively) an adze and a north wall hammer means that these axes are highly functional in an alpine setting where I can find myself chopping rotten ice and using the occasional piton or picket. The pinky rest on the bottom of the shaft can get in the way of plunging the shaft in steep snow, but this isn't a deal breaker for this axe. I bought my Gen2 axes when the finish on the carbon fiber shafts of my Gen1 axes started to wear; I didn't want to end up with carbon fiber splinters in my hands, so my Gen1 axes are loaners and wall ornaments these days.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light in the hand, secure in the ice! I've only used these tools twice, both times on glacier ice...but....I love these tools! I bought these BD Cobra tools after borrowing a set from a co-worker. The tool release from the ice once stuck was fairly easy for me, with little wiggle required.
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ha ha ha, the bomb of Axe's I have tried and tested quite a number of Axes. All I can say about the Cobra is the impact and feel of the strike is very clean and precise, by far the best Axe I have tried and defo the best looking Axe out there. The Carbon Fibre shaft really sets the bench mark for style. I know its slightly more expensive, but its worth the difference. ,,Only thing I would have suggested to BD is fill in the BD logo thats just under the head top side of shaft. The Tool is BD, so fill it in with a nice Black enamel paint or something. ,,Apart from that, its the best out there.
Date published: 2011-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Performs excellent on all ice difficulties These tools perform excellent on all difficulties and ice conditions. Excellent on lower angle WI 2/3, but equally effective on vertical ice. Most of the weight is concentrated in the head which allows for a very comfortable, wrist flick, swing. I tend to break a lot of ice with other tools, but I have seen a significant improvement with these tools. I own grivel quantums and cassin x-all mountains, and these are by far my favorite. Quantums are lighter, Cassins have more curve, cobras are the best. I love the stiffness of the shaft, they feel so strong and secure which will give you a confidence boost on difficult ice. Excellent in the alpine and capable on rock. Really no downside to these tools. Bonus, they look awesome.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ice/alpine tool To put is simply they are the best all around tool out there. I have used several generations of tools (yes I started with Simond Chacal/Barracuda combo), and these tools are the best all around tool I have used. They are incredible for pure ice and/or alpine. I climbed to M7 mixed as well. They are very well balanced, and swing really well. If you climb mostly overhanging bolted rock, probably you'd be better off with a different tool, but I have used these on Stanley Glacier Headwall mixed route, and they performed really well.
Date published: 2016-02-29
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