Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool

Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool is rated 4.730769230769231 out of 5 by 26.
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Product Description Item No.   10036126

The Viper Ice Tool by Black Diamond has evolved with a new hydroformed shaft to increase stiffness and reduce weight, while maintaining exceptional clearance. Hydroforming uses pressurized water to expand the Viper's shaft into its uniquely stiff, yet lightweight shape. With superb balance, leashless capability and an optional integrated Android Leash, the Viper goes most anywhere. Comes equipped with our Viper Fang and Strike, to cradle your hands for precise gripping when going leashless. Laser Pick included. Patented.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool

  • Hydroformed shaft for clearance, weight savings and strength
  • Laser pick, Viper Strike and Fang included, modular head design
  • Shaft CEN-T certified, patented
  • Pick is CEN-B

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Weight: 22 oz
Head Material: Stainless Steel
Best Use: Mountaineering and Alpine
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid tool for waterfall ice. Definitely gets the recommendation. The Vipers perform very well on waterfall ice. This tool is well-weighted and has a natural swing with very little reverberation upon striking. It is a bit chuckier than the Nomic, translating into a heavier swing. The grip is big enough, as I have large hands, even with heavier gloves, however, as with all tools, the thinner gloves the better. The Android leashes are nice if you're just starting out and not needing to unclip that often, but a bit of a pain when leading. The micro adze and hammer are of good size, dont feel it necessary to change to full-size, unless you’re loving your pitons. As for drytooling, its fine however the head is a bit big and cumbersome at times.
Date published: 2012-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great tools! Our outdoor rec gear locker has 5 types of tools, and I keep going back to the vipers. So much so I finally committed and bought my own pair after 6 years of playing with all of them. They have held up to years of abuse by our students, with never an issue. The clearance the tool gives is great on steep and vertical ice and does well even on minor to moderate overhangs. Vipers just fit my swing, in thin to heavy gloves. More aggressive tools work serious overhangs better, but they just don't stick as well for me and I don't get the feel of placement like I've come to expect. Vipers are weighted and balanced great, and I look forward to jealously hording my own set for years to come.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All arounders This, as advertised and stated in reviews, is a great all around tool. I have used these in the park and also as a classic mountaineering axe. It's awesome to have a pair of tools that you can be confident in regardless of location and conditions. With ice tools, a lot comes down to preference and for me these don't stick as easily as some other tools I have swung when climbing the steeper stuff, but that could just be my caveman swing. When you combine the price with their versatility, it's hard to go wrong with the Vipers, especially if trying to decide on a first pair of tools.
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing weight, swing, and value For the money, I dont think there is a better ice tool on the market. BD tools have proven to be reliable for decades and I love that the picks remain interchangable without additional tools. ,,,,The viper swings well with a solid amount of head weight, but overall the tool is very light and still fuctions great as an alpine tool when needed. Works great as a leashless tool, and you can use the full size clip in the spike for tethers if needed.,,,,Certainly recommended.
Date published: 2012-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Tools, Good Price. I have three sets of ice tools -- the Cobras, 2014 Vipers, and a set of Fuels. The Vipers are the tools I lend to friends. They swing well, and are very similar to the Cobras in terms of geometry and use. The aluminum shaft can take a litte more abuse than the carbon fiber of the cobras, but it doesn't feel as good in the hand -- it's more slippery if gripping high on the shaft, and translates more impact to the climber when swinging. By swapping out leashes, picks, hammers and adze, and the strike and fang, I can customize these tools for the climbing goal of the day, whether that's dry tooling, mixed climbing, technical alpine, or blue water ice. Similar to the Cobra, the grip is a slight bit small for my hands. More customization would be an improvement.
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From the weight to the versitility, I love the crap out of this axe. I think it is great to be able to switch out the hammer and adze for whichever you will need. The handle allows you to maintain a solid grip longer than you could with any classic axe. The hydroformed aluminum shaft makes this thing super light allowing you to carry more necessities without the extra weight.
Date published: 2011-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Tools I demoed these twice before I decided to purchase ones of my own. They have a little more weight than the fusions. I find the little extra weight helps me get good placement. With the fusion I found myself having to take more swings. They are solid tools and I recommend them.
Date published: 2009-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tools, Great Value Super tools for the alpine. Like a lot of great alpine gear, everything you need, nothing that you don't. I love the feel and swing of my Vipers and the nearly identical but $100 per tool more expensive carbon Cobras - frankly I can't tell that much difference. The modularity of the tools works well - solid, simple bolt attachments, various picks and heads - takes all of five minutes to dial in the tool configuration for most anything from couloirs/snow to mixed to waterfall ice, whatever head weapons and leash configuration the battle calls for. If you are doing any hammering you definitely want the larger add-on hammer head for at least one tool. If you'll be thumping thinner ice and/or doing some dry tooling, look at the T rated Titan picks. The thinner, stock Laser pick is great for pure thick ice.
Date published: 2014-03-25
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