Black Diamond Raven Pro
Price Paid: $99
I have only had it for one season. I have only practiced with it and it does work for a self arrest. I was a little worried about the pick being shorter. Carrying it feels natural. It is super light and that is what I was going for.
Price Paid: $99
Most ergonomic ice axe I could find. Much more comfortable than the Petzl Icewalker in my hands. Not sure if the weight difference between the PRO version and the regular Raven is that significant. The ice axe handles well for self arrests and does not seem to suffer in mixed terrains on rocks.
Overall the most comfortable ice axe I could find and gets the job done when it counts.
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Black Diamond's lightweight mountaineering axe. Built with an aluminum shaft and a compact investment-cast stainless steel head and spike, it provides all-around performance.
The Raven Pro Ice Axe is Black Diamond's lightweight mountaineering axe. Built with an aluminum shaft and a compact investment-cast stainless steel head and spike, it provides all-around performance. Lightweight aluminum shaft Investment-cast, one-piece stainless steel head with an aggressive pick and large hole for a carabiner Ergonomic head CEN-B certified
Created for weight-conscious mountaineers, the full-function Raven Pro is a lighter version of the Black Diamond Raven.
Updated for more comfortable handling and better purchase in ice, the Black Diamond Raven Pro ice axe is the tool you want by your side while pursuing lofty summits. Redesigned head features a more aggressive pick and better ergonomics than the original Raven Pro; also features a larger hole for clipping a carabiner. Raven Pro's 7075-T6 aluminum shaft cuts weight without sacrificing strength. Curved adze allows a natural swinging arc; great for chopping steps and clearing snow and ice. Investment cast stainless-steel spike bites into snow and ice; features a narrow profile for speed control and a wide side profile for stopping power when glissading.