Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool

Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool is rated 4.928571428571429 out of 5 by 14.
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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 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 Sell your tools, buy the cobras! These are clearly the best alpine tools on the market. They're light (not lightest but light). Unlike the quarks (second best IMO) they have a matching grip and clip in point for umbillicals. Oh ya, you can't actually put on and take off a pick easily unlike Petzl tools which require an allen wrench and some trickery to change picks. Not a big deal when you're swilling beer night before... but more important when hanging from a screw trying to finish a pitch. Did I mention they climb like butter?
Date published: 2008-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great design with its weight in all the right places! I think BD really nailed the design on these with a more adgressive angel and very well balanced tool. All the weight is in the head of the axe giving it a very smooth swing yet it is not a heavy tool. I think main difference between these and the new Vipers is in the swing, the Cobras carbon shaft makes it slightly more top heavy and feels like you get more power in a light tool. My hands also rest better on the new leashless componants compaired to the old ones which were more like nubby slopers.
Date published: 2010-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Buy (any other ice tool)!!! This is the first pair of ice axes that I have bought in my short career of ice climbing (2nd year). However, that goes without saying I have tried out many brands/models of ice axes; Petzl, Grivel, etc. The Cobras are so light compared to any other tool and yet they make more consistent swings (possibly due to the decreased weight). When counting your gear in ounces, and not pounds, look to the superlight BD Cobras. They are the only ice tool on the market to "pick"!
Date published: 2011-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great tool but quite expensive! This ice tool is awesome. Though I couldn´t feel much difference in the swing comparing it to the Viper, but I could totally feel the difference in price. This is one is slightly lighter but still has a great balance. I got it with 50% off... I´m not sure if I would have gone for it otherwise. THough now I really like them and wouldn´t downgrade to the Vipers. If you´re not too sure, and don´t want or can´t spend that much money on this tool, get the Viper.
Date published: 2014-05-17
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