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Black Diamond Cobra Ice Axes

Weight595 g

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Black Diamond Cobra Ice Axes
5 out of 5 based on 4 user reviews.

Cred: 2509
Review by livextreme41 on Dec. 17, 2008
Had a pair of vipers, then they were stolen and got reimbursed by the airline. So i upgraded during a sale. Totally worth it. These are the best tools i have ever swung. They are intuitive, but definitely feel different than other tools. Not a bad thing, just the feel of the carbon fiber. The weight is in the head and with the laser pick, allows for wrist-flick sticks which is amazing on delicate mixed terrain and hanging pillars. Android leash is incredible and easy to attach/detach. Of course this tool feels so natural in your hands, I don't know why you'd want a leash until you get the the ridiculously hard climbing. This tool is perfect for anything alpine and ice, and most any mixed climbing.
because of the dampening effect of the carbon fiber, there less sensitivity than you would find in an aluminum/steel tool. This is not a problem on ice, but looking for dime edges when mixed climbing takes some getting used to.
BD viper
DMM Rebel
(But nothing really compares to the feel of the carbon fiber)

Cred: 1096
Review by jeepnphreak on Feb. 15, 2011
I love this tool. The flick is precise. It stick so very easy and cleans easy as well. The damping effect of the carbon it very easy on the forearms, after a full day my arms are not experiencing that tingling effect that aluminum has after hours of climbing. I really hope carbon becomes more of a trend in ice tools
The grip is a bit large for my hands, but a bit of grip tape in the right spots make it good.
Petzl Nomics are a wonderful tool as well.

Cred: 556
Review by jasoncordier on Feb. 06, 2011
Top product that cuts through even bullet proof ice with ease. Very well weighted,reducing energy levels required.
Very expensive tools
Black Diamond Viper for a cheaper non carbon version.

Cred: 60
Review by superguide on Feb. 28, 2009
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