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 (2)
Black Diamond Raven with Grip reviewed Jul 8, 2015
$96
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Grivel G10 reviewed May 13, 2015
$125 - $139
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Lockdown Leash reviewed Apr 16, 2015
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Neve reviewed Mar 14, 2015
$150 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel G1 Crampon reviewed Mar 8, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Hillsound Trail Crampon reviewed Feb 4, 2015
$60
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Forrest Mjolnir reviewed Dec 27, 2014
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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Raven reviewed Sep 2, 2014
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Venom Hammer Ice Axe reviewed Jun 24, 2014
$150
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Raven Pro reviewed May 1, 2014
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro reviewed Mar 2, 2014
$79
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Stubai Tirol Pro reviewed Feb 5, 2014
$128
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra reviewed Feb 4, 2014
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Lynx reviewed Feb 4, 2014
$250
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Chouinard Equipment Blue Composite Shaft Ice Axe w/Curved Pick reviewed Jan 31, 2014
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
CAMP X-Dream reviewed Jan 2, 2014
$280
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Cyborg Pro reviewed Oct 3, 2013
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Trango Hyper Harpoon reviewed Sep 17, 2013
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Reactor reviewed Aug 19, 2013
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
DMM Cirque reviewed Jun 18, 2013
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Grivel X Monster reviewed Jun 18, 2013
$150 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grivel G14 reviewed Oct 11, 2012
$221 - $229
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Raven Ultra reviewed Mar 18, 2012
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
CAMP Stalker reviewed Feb 24, 2012
$100 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Fusion reviewed Jan 20, 2012
$228 - $279
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Quark reviewed Dec 15, 2011
$51 - $259
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cassin X-Alp reviewed Feb 21, 2011
$200
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
CAMP Ice Rider reviewed Feb 9, 2011
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
CAMP Vector Nanotech reviewed Jan 7, 2011
$280 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Cyborg reviewed Dec 20, 2010
$200
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grivel G12 reviewed Dec 11, 2010
$168 - $175
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MacInnes-Peck Terrordactyl reviewed Nov 17, 2010
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Simond Chacal reviewed Nov 17, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kahtoola KTS - Aluminum reviewed Oct 15, 2010
$135
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Taa-K-Oon Alp reviewed Aug 29, 2010
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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Contact Strap reviewed Jun 28, 2010
$105 - $139
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Omega Pacific Mountain Axe reviewed Jun 28, 2010
$50 - $67
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Trango Alpine Light Crampon reviewed May 2, 2010
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
CAMP Corsa reviewed May 2, 2010
$120
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Rage reviewed Mar 22, 2009
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Trango Harpoon reviewed Feb 11, 2009
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Matrix Tech reviewed Jan 8, 2009
$220 - $229
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Stubai Antislip reviewed Jan 8, 2009
$54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Air Tech Evo reviewed Jan 6, 2009
$180 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Quantum Tech reviewed Nov 10, 2008
$278 - $289
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
SMC Superblue Hinged Crampons reviewed Apr 30, 2008
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
AustriAlpin Slipstream reviewed Feb 22, 2008
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Grivel Nepal Steel reviewed Dec 17, 2007
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grivel Rambo 4 reviewed Nov 26, 2007
$250
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Petzl Dart reviewed Nov 24, 2007
$149 - $215
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