Black Diamond Raven
The only positive with this product is the price,…
Price Paid: way too much
The only positive with this product is the price, which although low for an ice ax not even worth it.
The pick is narrow and rather annoying, it reminds me of a pencil. The adze is cut out in the center and is horrible for cutting steps (if you ever have to). The shaft offers no grip whatsoever.
The only reason you should ever buy this ax is if you are ONLY going to be using it on very very easy slopes and want a cheap ax "just in case". Otherwise cough up some dough and go with a Grivel or Petzl.
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Free Shipping. Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe FEATURES of the Black Diamond Raven Axe Investment-cast, stainless steel head and spike Durable aluminum shaft Pick's curve and teeth engineered for secure self-arresting CEN-certified SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Raven Axe Head, Spike: stainless steel Shaft: Aluminum The SPECS for 55 cm Weight: Without Leash: 15 oz / 437 g Length: 55 cm The SPECS for 60 cm Weight: Without Leash: 1 lb / 452 g Length: 60 cm The SPECS for 65 cm Weight: Without Leash: 1 lb / 467 g Length: 65 cm The SPECS for 70 cm Weight: Without Leash: 1 lb 1 oz / 482 g Length: 70 cm The SPECS for 75 cm Weight: Without Leash: 1 lb 2 oz / 497 g Length: 75 cm The SPECS for 80 cm Weight: Without Leash: 1 lb 2 oz / 512 g Length: 80 cm The SPECS for 90 cm Weight: Without Leash: 1 lb 3 oz / 542 g Length: 90 cm ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL.
The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is a lightweight yet fully capably ice axe in a traditional mountaineer style. Aircraft aluminum alloy shaft saves weight without compromising strength. Investment-cast, one-piece stainless teel head penetrates hard ice better, chops steps better, and lasts longer than ultralight aluminum axe heads. Pick curve and teeth designed for secure self arrests. Head fits comfortably in the hand while walking. Large whole in head fits a carabiner. CEN-B certified. Stainless steel spike plunges better and lasts longer than angled aluminum spikes. The gold standard of mountaineering ice axes and gear award winner, the Black Diamond Raven should be part of every mountain lover's gear list. Material: Head, Spike: stainless steel. Shaft: Aluminum. Weight Without Leash: 437 g, 15 oz (55 cm). Available Color(s): Envy Green, Gray
- Tahoe Mountain Sports
A modern version of Chouinard's original curved-pick mountain axe, the Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is our classic mountaineer's piolet that has been used on classic climbs the world over for decades. The Raven's durable aircraft aluminum shaft and investment-cast stainless steel pick are engineered for secure self-arresting.
The popular Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe blends the classic and the modern. Investment-grade stainless steel components inspire confidence when you start to perspire, while a lightweight aluminum shaft keeps weight competitive. Ideal for glacier travel, mountaineering, and ski mountaineering Investment-cast stainless steel head and spike One-piece stainless steel head with a large hole for a carabiner Cleverly designed molded head offers a comfortable, confident grip Durable, aircraft-grade aluminum shaft The curve of the pick and its aggressive teeth are engineered for secure self-arrest CEN-B certified Don't forget an Axe or Pick protector to protect your delicate nylon gear and keep your pick sharp