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BLACK DIAMOND Raven Pro Ice Axe

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  • BLACK DIAMOND Raven Pro Ice Axe

    Created for weight-conscious mountaineers, the full-function Raven Pro is a lighter version of the Black Diamond Raven.

    Features/Benefits:

    • The head is wasp waisted for comfort on day-long trips or shuttling loads to high camps
    • Ergonomic one-piece, rustproof stainless-steel head with a lightweight aluminum shaft
    • Durable stainless-steel spike penetrates hard surfaces on steep mountaineering terrain
    • The classically curved adze is extremely sharp for chopping steps and clears snow or ice with ease
    • Full-length pick offers superb bite when self-arresting
    • Available in four different lengths for custom fit

  • BLACK DIAMOND Raven Pro Ice Axe

    Weight 12.4 oz.
    Weight (grams) 352g

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BLACK DIAMOND Raven Pro Ice Axe
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good balance (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Comfortable grip (5)
  • Ergonomic (5)
  • Safe (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountaineering (6)
    • Climbing (4)
    • Glacier climbing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Reviewed by 7 customers

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice axe

    By Mountaineer Mike

    from Bremerton, WA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Grip
    • Ergonomic
    • Good Balance
    • Lightweight
    • Safe

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Glacier Climbing
      • Mountaineering

      Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Raven Pro Ice Axe:

      I must have spent 3 hours trying to figure out what length axe to buy. New school, old school, who knows. I am 5'10" tall and selected the 65 mm axe. There are times when it would be nice if it were twice as long to hit something firm when punching through the snow crust, but this is not a trekking pole, it's a mountaineering safety tool, and for that, it is excellent.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just Right

      By Too Much

      from Vermont

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Grip
      • Ergonomic
      • Good Balance
      • Lightweight
      • Safe

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountaineering
        • Snow Climbing

        Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Raven Pro Ice Axe:

        I took this ice axe with me on a winter ascent of Mt Washington. Also, I had used it several times on some lesser peaks prior to the Mt Washington trip.

        This axe is perfect for that sort of mountaineering trip. It's lightweight, well-balanced, and easy to carry. I used the axe in a variety of ways, including cane, dagger (high and low), and anchor techniques. In each position, the axe preformed well. The smooth shaft was ideal for penetrating the deeper snow drifts, yet was easy to hold. I found no need for a leash.

        Finally, since most people, including myself seem to be unsure about the length. I'm 5'9" and found the 65cm length to be ideal for Mt Washington.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Light and strong

        By jaywalker

        from Idyllwild, CA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good balance
        • Light Weight
        • Well Made

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • winter hiking

          Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Raven Pro Ice Axe:

          I bought this for added safety and security on winter hikes in the San Jacintos. It is very light and seems well made and strong.

           
          5.0

          Light and Solid

          By Lora

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Avid Mountaineer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Glacier Climbing
            • Mountaineering
            • Snow Climbing

            Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Raven Pro Ice Axe:

            This is so much lighter than my ten-year old alpine axe it is replacing. The shaft is very light and the head of the axe is solid, as it should be. Will be great for low incline glacier and snow travel. I wish it came in a slightly shorter length, since I do not think that you need to have an excessively long alpine axe.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Most excellent for mountaineering

            By Not "that" guy

            from Sweden, Europe

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Grip
            • Ergonomic
            • Good Balance
            • Lightweight
            • Low Weight
            • Safe

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Terrain
              • Glacier Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Snow Climbing

              Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Raven Pro Ice Axe:

              Super lightweight, hardly noticeable at all on your backpack and doesn't tire your arm while walking with it. Had the displeasure to have to use it for a self-arrest at 14.000ft while descending mt Whitney and I can safely say I wouldn't be writing this review had I not had it with me. Excellent tool, great quality, it won't disappoint.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Great snow-tool

              By Alaskabackpacker

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Beginner

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Grip
              • Ergonomic
              • Good Balance
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountaineering

                Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Raven Pro Ice Axe:

                So I am new to mountaineering and have not yet had occasion to use this tool on the mountain yet. That being said, is it an awesome Axe for general mountaineering purposes. It's every bit as good as the Raven, but lighter.

                Be sure to get the right length. The tip should line up with your ankle bone when the head is held in your hand at your side. I am 6'1" and the 65cm version is perfect for me.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Light, Strong Ice Axe

                By Winter Climber

                from New Jersey

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Grip
                • Ergonomic
                • Good Balance
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountaineering
                  • Snow Climbing

                  Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Raven Pro Ice Axe:

                  I used this mountaineering axe going up Mt. Washington, NH this winter. It was very light, felt solid, and performed well. It has a stainless steel head and tip with an aluminum alloy shaft. I plan on taking it on many more winter climbs. I am 5'11" with long arms and got the 70cm axe for moderately-angled slopes.

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