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Raven Pro Ice Axe

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Reg: USD99.95, SALE From USD74.96

 
 
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Lightweight, sleek, and easier to handle, the Raven Pro by Black Diamond is an aggressive multi-purpose snow and glacier tool.

With a lightweight aluminum shaft, investment-cast stainless steel head and spike, and excellent bite, it is the ideal axe for an ultra weight-conscious mountaineer.


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Black DiamondRaven Pro Ice Axe
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good balance (7)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Safe (7)
  • Ergonomic (5)
  • Comfortable grip (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Glacier climbing (7)
  • Mountaineering (7)
  • Climbing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid mountaineer (5), Casual/ recreational (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Reviewed by 8 customers

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5.0

Great alpine axe

By Kidder the Alpinist

from Nashville TN

About Me Avid Mountaineer

Pros

  • Light Weight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe:

      Great for alpine approaches and general mountaineering. My first use was a full week in the north cascades using it to approach alpine rock. Great axe!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      This is a life saver

      By Kain from Glacier Fresh

      from Sheridan, Or

      About Me Avid Mountaineer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Grip
      • Good Balance
      • Lightweight
      • Safe

      Cons

      • Slippery

      Best Uses

      • Glacier Climbing
      • Mountaineering
      • Snow Climbing

      Comments about Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe:

      I have used this axe a number of times, and it truly is reliable. Be sure to get the covers so you don't poke a hole through your other gear. I have found the grip to be slightly slippery depending on what gloves I am wearing. Something to keep in mind.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great Axe

      By BC

      from Georgia

      About Me Avid Mountaineer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Ergonomic
      • Good Balance
      • Lightweight
      • Safe

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Glacier Climbing
        • Mountaineering
        • Snow Climbing

        Comments about Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe:

        Great axe! I am 5-9 and use the 65cm length for glacier travel. Add some tape to the head for a more comfortable grip.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Perfect all around axe!

        By Genki Gaijin

        from Miura, Japan

        About Me Avid Mountaineer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Glacier Climbing
          • Mountaineering
          • Snow Climbing

          Comments about Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe:

          This is the best axe for general mountaineering. I have used it in the Cascades, Rockies, and South Alps of Japan. It'll even work ok on steep ice in a pinch. It was my first axe and I will replace it with the same when it dies. However, after 5 years of repetitive use, it's still going strong. Whether you're a beginner or veteran, it'll serve you well!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great all Around

          By Eric K

          from Bellingham, WA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Ergonomic
          • Good Balance
          • Lightweight
          • Safe

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Terrain
            • Glacier Climbing
            • Mountaineering
            • Snow Climbing

            Comments about Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe:

            Great example of a standard Ice Axe. There is a good balance of weight and strength. It works very well for self arresting, also the adze is nice for chopping steps. If you get a axe like this go for a standard length it will be more useful. The pick is not made for climbing vertical ice, but in a pinch it will help get you over some steep stuff. All in all, the best axe for general mountaineering.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great ice axe all around

            By areosl

            from Chicago

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Balance
            • Lightweight
            • Safe

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Glacier Climbing
              • Mountaineering

              Comments about Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe:

              I have climbed on Rockies, Sierras, and Cascades using this axe and had to get another one after my original one was stolen. There was no better choice for the price and reliability.

               
              5.0

              light weight

              By the eggman

              from Chicago

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Glacier Climbing
                • Mountaineering
                • Snow Climbing

                Comments about Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe:

                This was my first ice axe but, have used other brands. This is the lightest axe I've used but, chopping ice or hard packed snow is a bit harder because there is less weight with my swing. I feel that its a good trade though.

                 
                4.0

                Great for the minimalist mountaineer

                By Bebop

                from Grass Valley, CA

                About Me Avid Mountaineer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Terrain
                  • Glacier Climbing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Snow Climbing

                  Comments about Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe:

                  Ideal for light & fast ventures or when an axe is only needed for a short section of an ascent. Seems very durable but mine has only limited mileage acquired to date. Part of the weight savings are achieved with a smaller sized head than other axes. The smaller mass might be a disadvantage if you have to chop out a bivy ledge, but for most moderate applications seems practical. I have XL sized hands but ergonomics are compatible.

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