Ice and Snow Gear

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Recent Ice/Snow Climbing Device Reviews

Black Diamond Raven with Grip

rated 5 of 5 stars If you have ever wondered if you need an ice axe, the answer is yes and this is probably the one you need. When your mountaineering requires a little pick swinging, but not enough to justify a hybrid tool like the Black Diamond Venom (I lost mine) the Raven is a very good choice.  The Raven is my fourth ice axe. I have climbed Mt. Adams, St. Helens, and I just returned from using my Raven on my second summit of Mt Rainier. I've also used axes on several smaller summit scrambles. My needs are mostly… Full review

Grivel G10

rated 4 of 5 stars High quality, good fitting steel crampon; excess strap annoying. I use these for hiking and scrambling when there is enough slope that I need the grip. They hold well on ice and hard pack, and give some assurance in deep snow. The antibott works as advertised...I never get snow packing on them. They are a 10 point crampon and designed for regular hiking boots, NOT mountaineering boots. The toe and heel fittings fold down and the length collapses to make them easier to pack. The straps stay tight… Full review

Black Diamond Lockdown Leash

rated 3 of 5 stars Works, but not terribly comfortable. Instructions are useless. To be fair, this leash works OK and I've had no problems with it. But to be more critical, I expected a bit more comfort and a smoother functioning "lock down." The instructions provided are for all BD leashes and it's very difficult to see how exactly this particular leash should be set up. Not sure if I'm getting the best use of it. Meh... Full review

Black Diamond Neve

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent touring crampons for ordinary hiking boots. I've owned a couple of pairs of touring crampons for ordinary hiking boots. These are soo much better than my first pair you wouldn't even put them in the same competition. After correctly setting the length of my boot, these crampons have NEVER slipped off my boot — unlike my other pair! For their intended use these are just great. These are obviously not for ice climbers! But for touring in steep old snow these are just fabulous. Highly recommended! Full review

Grivel G1 Crampon

rated 5 of 5 stars Simple and light crampon for not too steep, and glacier walking. I use this for easy winter mountain. In fact it is not easy to find user of G1 crampon. But if you consider snow walk or winter climbing, and do not have technical boots, it can be good solution. Not for technical or ice climbing, front pick is short and not too sharp, but can hold tight in deep snow in normal trekking and hiking. If you want to enjoy snow trekking or glacier walking, I recommend this.  This crampon is between rubber… Full review

Hillsound Trail Crampon

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great for winter and icy hiking conditions. These trail crampons have great traction. I put them on when I get on the trail and leave them on until I get back from my hike. I have passed many people either without crampons or basic Yaktraxs on in icy conditions and it was night and day, many of these people trying to "ice skate" up and down the trail using trees or anything else they could get their hands on (including myself) so they would not slip and fall. I was one of those hikers until I… Full review

Forrest Mjolnir

rated 3.5 of 5 stars With skye pick, compares favorably with modern ice tools - best third tool ever While tube picks were a fad that was justifiably short-lived, and the "alpine" classic curve pick was nothing to write home about, the skye pick (pterrordactyl knock-off) is a gem of engineering that still compares favorably with modern ice tools (in my opinion). In the 2015 season, I'm still carrying one as a third tool, although the picks are becoming impossible to find. Anybody out there who has old mjolnir skye picks… Full review

Black Diamond Raven

rated 4.5 of 5 stars How much can you say about an ice axe? This is not the lightest axe or strongest axe, but it's the best general mountaineering axe on the market. It does its job. Call me old school, but I believe an ice axe is the last place to try to save weight. You want something strong and burly. If you want to cut ounces, go for a jog and lose the love handles.The Raven is perfect for self belay and self arrest. Make you get it long enough — if you need something shorter, get a more technical axe like the… Full review

Black Diamond Venom Hammer Ice Axe

rated 5 of 5 stars When you need a second tool, but not necessarily a technical ice tool. "You know when it's good picket snow when you drive one in and you really wish you had a hammer." These were the words of wisdom from my crevasse rescue instructor. He was basically saying that snow should be really hard if you intend to place a picket in vertically, otherwise you should bury it dead-man style.  "So I need to bring two tools?" I asked. "No," was his response. "Well if all I have is a hammer, then how do I dig… Full review

Top-Rated Ice and Snow Gear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Crampon
$49 - $60
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Petzl Vasak Crampon
$135 - $177
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Raven Pro Mountaineering Axe/Piolet
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro Crampon
$79
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Neve Crampon
$150 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Raven with Grip Mountaineering Axe/Piolet
$96
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grivel G12 Crampon
$168 - $175
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Lynx Crampon
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Sabretooth Clip Crampon
$180
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Venom Hammer Ice Axe Mountaineering Axe/Piolet
$150
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kahtoola KTS - Aluminum Crampon
$135
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Quantum Tech Ice Tool
$278 - $289
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Stubai Tirol Pro Crampon
$128
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Matrix Tech Ice Tool
$220 - $229
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Nomic Ice Tool
$299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Cyborg Crampon
$200
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Quark Ice Tool
$51 - $259
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Snowalker Mountaineering Axe/Piolet
$80 - $94
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Simond Chacal Ice Tool
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel G1 Crampon Crampon
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Chouinard Equipment Blue Composite Shaft Ice Axe w/Curved Pick Ice Tool
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MacInnes-Peck Terrordactyl Ice Tool
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Racing Wing Ice Tool
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Taa-K-Oon Alp Ice Tool
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Rage Ice Tool
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra Crampon
$70
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
CAMP Stalker Crampon
$100 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Rambo 4 Crampon
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Air Tech Evo Mountaineering Axe/Piolet
$180 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
CAMP X-Dream Ice Tool
$280
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grivel G14 Crampon
$221 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cassin X-Alp Ice Tool
$200
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
CAMP Ice Rider Crampon
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon
$105 - $139
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Omega Pacific Mountain Axe Mountaineering Axe/Piolet
$50 - $67
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Fusion Ice Tool
$228 - $279
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Grivel G10 Crampon
$125 - $139
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Raven Ultra Mountaineering Axe/Piolet
$110
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Petzl Dart Crampon
$149 - $215
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool
$191 - $239
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Cyborg Pro Crampon
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
CAMP Corsa Mountaineering Axe/Piolet
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Reactor Ice Tool
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
DMM Cirque Mountaineering Axe/Piolet
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
SMC Superblue Hinged Crampons Crampon
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Trango Hyper Harpoon Crampon
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Forrest Mjolnir Ice Tool
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Grivel Nepal Steel Mountaineering Axe/Piolet
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Trango Harpoon Crampon
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
CAMP Vector Nanotech Crampon
$280 MSRP
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