Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe

Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is rated 4.7632 out of 5 by 38.
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Product Description Item No.   10043657

The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is a traditional mountneer's piolet that is built from innovative lightweight, aircraft aluminum alloy for high strength and reliable performance. This Black Diamond axe also features a one-piece stainless steel head with a large hole for a carbiner, and a pick engineered with a curve and teeth for secure self-arresting. Classic design and modern materials - a magical combination. Yukon Cornelius will for sure be trading up to the Black Diamond Raven.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Raven Axe

  • Investment-cast, stainless steel head and spike
  • Durable aluminum shaft
  • Pick's curve and teeth engineered for secure self-arresting
  • CEN-certified

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Axe While not as light as it's shiny, stainless steel sister, it still has its advantages. For example, this one has a larger adze then the raven pro. For the price, it will do everything that you need it to, up to and including looking badass in the summit pictures. Holding it in "self-arrest" mode is very comfortable as the pick has a little indentation for your fingers. Lots of places to clip stiff to, including a hole in the adze if you just want to bury your pick in the snow and use it as an anchor like that. It would also be useful while protecting the lip of a crevasse during crevasse rescue to back it up. ,,,,A well thought out and designed axe. If you want it lighter, go with the R-Pro.
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Quality, Light Weight I've only used this axe a couple of times, but it extremely durable for the weight. I bought the 75cm because I'm about 6.2" and the size is great for basic mountaineering. I mostly use it as a walking stick when going up steep, icy, and windy terrain ( i.e Mt. Washington NH ). But it is also great for self arrests, cutting steps, and slowing down while glissading. I recently moved to CO and hope to use it much more often on the 14ers out here. I recomend getting the wrist strap for it. It can be easy to drop if you happen to fall or slip and the strap keeps it close by at all times.
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best General Mountaineering Axe for the Price This is the axe to own for general mountaineering. I've used it extensively in the Cascades of Oregon and Washington and on a high altitude mountaineering trip in the Peruvian Andes. Fits well in the hand when walking upright. A bit heavier than the Pro version, but this can be helpful if you cut very many steps with it. Durable. Mine has been through a lot, and apart from scratches on the shaft which are purely cosmetic, it's in perfect condition. Most of my friends that I climb with use the same axe and they are all as happy with it as I am.
Date published: 2010-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great ice axe for 99% of climbers I have done most of my climbing in the Teton range and this is a perfect ice axe for me. It's well constructed and fairly lightweight. The adze cuts well and the pick digs in quickly. There are eyelets on each end to thread a climbing rope for belaying and other operations. You can find instructions online for measuring to get your size. I ended up finding a sizing chart and picked the middle size for my height. If you're more of a hiker, go on the long side. If you're more of a technical climber, the short side.
Date published: 2013-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommend it the canadian mountain mam II recently purchased the raven 90 cm ice ax from moose jaw .com I am 6 ft I i use it on all hikes I prefer it to hiking poles better stability much stronger wont break it has saved me from bad falls when carrying a back pack it is great to climb up cliffs it is great to grab berry bushs lot here on vancouver island and makes a excellent anchor when you have your tent perched on a mountain top we canadians all carry one cheers the mountain man ncnossen@hotmail.com
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ice Axe For General Mountaineering I bought this for Winter Mountaineering School and used it learning various techniques. It held up really well while practicing self-arrest and is generally a sturdy but not too heavy axe. I now carry it regularly on my winter peak ascents. It comes in a variety of sizes to suit different users, and because it is fairly popular it is easy to get accessories such as spike protectors. I think this is a great axe for many mountaineering applications and for its price point.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Bare-Minimum Axe Let's face it, it's not doing any ice climbing but I brought a pair to go up Mt. Whitney and it pretty much saved us. I used this axe to brake through the frozen lake to gain access to much needed water. I haven't had to use it to self-arrest from a nasty slide, but from what I can feel, it should perform fine. I'm going to put some grip-tape on the base to add some traction in my hands but it's a damn fine axe for the price.
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need a general mountaineering axe? Your search ends here. Call me old school, but I believe an ice axe is the last place to try to save weight. You want something strong and burly. If you want to cut ounces, go for a jog and lose the love handles.,,,,The Raven is perfect for self belay and self arrest. Make you get it long enough - if you need something shorter, get a more technical axe like the BD Venom.,,,,And after all my harping about weight, the difference between this and the pro model actually isn't all that much. It is still very lightweight. It's not a pain to carry on a long climb. I find it to be the perfect weight for chopping steps, for example, but I wouldn't want it any lighter.,,,,What really sets the Raven and the Raven pro apart from the others? In the end, it's the comfort in your hand. It's vastly more comfortable than most Grivel or Petzl axes. It is easy to get a good grip on this thing when your life depends on it.
Date published: 2014-06-10
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