Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool

Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 26.
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$239.95

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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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Disclaimer: All climbing equipment is final sale.
Weight: 22 oz
Head Material: Stainless Steel
Best Use: Mountaineering and Alpine
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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 Highly reccommended ice tool After climbing vertical ice for a few seasons and absolutely loving it, I had decided it was time to purchase my own tools. I was lucky enough to have the the oppurtunity of renting and borrowing several different tools as a beginner climber. The BD Vipers were my favorite ice tools so I bought them,love them and have been using them ever since. They are lightweight, easy to sink, dont have excess vibration and most importantly! they are not knuckle bashers. :)
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Viper Ice tool Fantastic all around tool. While I think there are better steep ice or pure mixed tools out there these are my go to tool for just about anything. I like the narrow grip diameter and the pick angle relative to the shaft (not too aggressive so it works well on less steep terrain). I used leashes for a period of time but for the past several years have dropped those and have been very happy with how these function leashless. When needed I will use the Spinner tether.
Date published: 2013-05-02
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 Sender for steep Ice When I was looking for a technical alpine ice tool I tried out the Cassin's, Monsters, and Vipers and found that the Vipers reformed best at an alpine level. Their bomber construction and tuned pick makes them suitable for WI5 but the angled shaft creates a plungable body great for steep coulars and other less steep terrain. Whether your banging in pitons on alpine routes or sending technical water ice routes, I would recommend the Viper tool for you.
Date published: 2015-08-21
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 4 out of 5 by from Great all around tool I purchased the Vipers a few years back and have been greatly satisfied with their performance. The are fairly light weight, they swing and stick well with just the right touch. There is surprisingly little vibration for being aluminum. I bought Fusions last year to up my game a bit, but I still go back to the Vipers depending on the route. There is just something about them that brings me back to them.
Date published: 2013-11-12
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