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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The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is designed to give you the greatest comfort and ease of use possible. The ergonomic, stainless steel head has a flat top and hourglass shape at its connection to the shaft. This creates a shape that's comfortable to hang onto and allows fast transition to self-arrest. The Raven's pick shape is very secure in self-arrest, and the large adze makes the dismal job of chopping a belay ledge a little more bearable. You're going to be walking for days with your ice axe. The Raven's comfortable head will make all the difference.
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.
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.
A traditional axe for legendary ascents, the trusty Black Diamond Raven delivers quality you can feel.