Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool
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Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool

Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 37.
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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

- + Product Specifications
Best Use: Mountaineering and Alpine, Ice and Mixed Climbing
Weight: 21 oz
Pick Shape: Curved
Shaft Shape: Bent
Head Material: Chromoly / Stainless Steel
Ice Axe Shaft Material: Carbon Fiber
Awards: Rock and Ice Best In Gear (BIG) Award - 2007
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Axe Length: 50 cm
Rated 5 out of 5 by from still the best I continue to prefer BD tools over all the others. even after 34 years on the ice. a smooth swinging, well balanced tool that has never left me wishing I had something different. from WI5 to M6 it continues to be my fav.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all rounder I've been using the Cobra's for two years now in Scottish winter, for Alpine mixed and Patagonian mountaineering. A brilliant, tough, versatile and nicely balanced axe. It has stood up to some aggressive axe torquing, hammering in pegs and is showing little sign of wear and tear. I've used self amalgamating tape around the handle to bulk it out and improve grip. This is my go to alpine axe due to the good spike at the bottom, comfortable grip on the top and general versatility for hard mixed climbing. The axe is most at home on the ice though where it seems to eat up steep ice.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Streamlined tools, solid performance Love these tools. My first set of cobras was the initial transition to leashless years ago and with the tweaked angle and grip size, the tool works great for reducing the need for power swings to gain purchase found with some light tools. I've found that the tool requires minimal effort to land a good purchase in the ice which is great for the long days. Some of my friends who tried them initially commented on them having a lighter head than what they were used to but after trying them out, commented on their placement security without the taxing weight of hammering a heavier tool.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love em... I have been ice climbing since just before the days of the McInnes/Peck Terrordactyls (which makes me a mature dude with a few miles of ice under my belt). I borrowed a set of these from a fellow guide and ice climbing guidebook author when teaching a course a while back. Wow! I immediately loved them and wondered why I had not tried them before. I have tried a lot of tools brought to classes by a lot of students but these Cobras made my eyes water. Nice balance that matched my swing perfectly. Light, not cold on the hands and good sticks. Easy to hang on to with good clearance over bulges. If you're looking for a solid, light, reliable tool that really works, do yourself a favor and try these.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Performs excellent on all ice difficulties These tools perform excellent on all difficulties and ice conditions. Excellent on lower angle WI 2/3, but equally effective on vertical ice. Most of the weight is concentrated in the head which allows for a very comfortable, wrist flick, swing. I tend to break a lot of ice with other tools, but I have seen a significant improvement with these tools. I own grivel quantums and cassin x-all mountains, and these are by far my favorite. Quantums are lighter, Cassins have more curve, cobras are the best. I love the stiffness of the shaft, they feel so strong and secure which will give you a confidence boost on difficult ice. Excellent in the alpine and capable on rock. Really no downside to these tools. Bonus, they look awesome.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ice/alpine tool To put is simply they are the best all around tool out there. I have used several generations of tools (yes I started with Simond Chacal/Barracuda combo), and these tools are the best all around tool I have used. They are incredible for pure ice and/or alpine. I climbed to M7 mixed as well. They are very well balanced, and swing really well. If you climb mostly overhanging bolted rock, probably you'd be better off with a different tool, but I have used these on Stanley Glacier Headwall mixed route, and they performed really well.
Date published: 2016-02-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Choice for Alpine Ice I own several generations of this ice tool. it has a fairly classic design, with the addition (in Gen2) of finger rests. The fact that the tools have (respectively) an adze and a north wall hammer means that these axes are highly functional in an alpine setting where I can find myself chopping rotten ice and using the occasional piton or picket. The pinky rest on the bottom of the shaft can get in the way of plunging the shaft in steep snow, but this isn't a deal breaker for this axe. I bought my Gen2 axes when the finish on the carbon fiber shafts of my Gen1 axes started to wear; I didn't want to end up with carbon fiber splinters in my hands, so my Gen1 axes are loaners and wall ornaments these days.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My tools of choice I have three sets of ice tools -- the Cobras, 2014 Vipers, and a set of Fuels. The Cobras are my go-to tool. They swing so well. The balance and weight just feel great in my hands. The carbon fiber shaft dampens impact more than the aluminum shaft of the Vipers. 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. They're fantastic! Of course, no tool is perfect. So, I need to also make suggestions for improvement. The grip is perhaps a slight bit small for my hands. So, BD, if you can make the grip size more customizable, that would be a good next step in tool evolution. The grip is the user-tool interface, and the more seamless that interface, the better.
Date published: 2016-01-05
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