Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe

Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe is rated 4.88 out of 5 by 25.
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Product Description Item No.   10085143

Weighing in at less than 14 ounces, the Raven Pro Ice Axe by Black Diamond is a great multi-purpose snow and glacier tool. Built with an aluminum shaft and a more compact investment-cast stainless steel head and spike, it provides all-around performance.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe

  • Investment-cast, polished stainless steel head and spike
  • Lightweight aluminum shaft
  • Ergonomic head is designed with an aggressive pick and large hole for a carabiner
  • CEN-certified

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Best Use: Mountaineering and Alpine
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great axe everything you need in an ice axe and nothing you don't. Light weight and super solid construction. What I love about this axe is that it doesn't come with any of the flashy stuff that is unnecessary like rubber grips or stupid little leashes. All you need for a leash is some webbing tied through the hole in the top of the shaft, and make it long enough to clip right into your harness so you can switch hands without having to take a stupid little short lease off your wrist everything you switchback up the slope. I would recommend this axe above any others for traditional mountaineering and ski mountaineering where you're more likely to need it than not.
Date published: 2011-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is it. BD solved the ice axe equation. It's light, but the pick still swings. The head has a T cross section to give your palm a large pressure surface for slamming the spike puppy home in dense snow. The had and spike have holes large enough to clip for a make-shift deadman. I've used this axe on mountains all over the world and have never seen a better solution for an alpine axe. Pay the extra bucks for the weight savings and titanium bling for the Pro over the standard Raven.
Date published: 2009-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent General Mountaineering Axe So glad I shelled out the bit of extra $$ and chose this over the regular BD Raven! Also strongly prefer this over axes that have a built in grip on the shaft...not useful for anchoring in the snow.,,I carried it for 25 days and up to 6k meters in the Himalayas and everywhere I went people were amazed at how light this axe is! The axe fits nicely in your hand when holding in "self belay" mode or "self-arrest" mode. Definitely read up on axe lengths if you aren't surehow long of an axe to get. I went with 60cm and I'm 5'4"...axe hangs nicely just about at my ankles when wearing mountaineering boots.
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent minimalist axe. This is one of the best, minimalist axes I have ever used. The thing is very lightweight, yet quite sturdy, and it doesn't have any of the unnecessary bells, whistles, and other useless, weight-adding crap that you find on so many axes these days. The only complaint I have - and this is really a nitpick more than anything - is that the shaft can sometimes be a bit slippery. However, 50¢ worth of grip tape in a couple strategic locations fixed this niggle quite well. Bottom line: this is a great axe, and I would recommend it to anybody in need of a solid, medium-duty traditional axe without hesitation.
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good lightweight axe This axe is very light and great for glacier travel and high-altitude mountaineering when every ounce counts. It's extreme light weight hinders it a little when chopping steps in hard ice, though.
Date published: 2009-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best ice axes on the market I just used this ice axe to climb the Kautz Glacier route on Mt. Rainier and it was perfect. Lightweight and very nice in the hand. You barely even realize your holding it because of the weight. Highly reccomended!
Date published: 2009-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ice Axe There is! If you are looking for a solid good quality ice axe the Black Diamond Raven Pro Is it! For sizing according to Whittaker Mountaineering (Pete) and Ed Viesters- 5'4 and shorter: 60mm,,,5'4-5'8: 65mm, 5'8-6'2: 70mm, and 6'2-6'6: 75mm ice axe. If anyone should know its Ed Viesters so listen to them. I am 6'0 so I got the 70mm. In person this axe is amazing and light. For long climbs you need a light axe like this when weight counts and perfect for self arrest. Get this axe you won't regret it.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the clean light design This axe is well designed and well built. It is really light for quick ascents to the glacier and does not weigh you down as you climb. This axe has wow factor when you pick it up and seems to be built tough.
Date published: 2009-08-18
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