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Black Diamond Raven

Weight452 g

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Black Diamond Raven
4.5 out of 5 based on 14 user reviews.

Cred: 483
Review by mtnkid85 on Jul. 06, 2011
LIGHT, no nonsense axe, plunges easy. Great pure snow/glacier axe.
too light for hard ice, perhaps no bend in the shaft which leads to wet gloves.
Petzls newer axes are pretty intersting looking, however they arent nearly as light.

Cred: 2509
Review by livextreme41 on Dec. 28, 2008
solid and light. Could be lighter. Self arrests like a champ. I like the longer length for general mountaineering.
raven pro for a little less weight.

Cred: 1321
Review by MikePB on Feb. 27, 2011
Great Axe. Used on Rainer and in the White Mtns. Ergonomic. Pretty Light weight and not too expensive.
There are lighter options
Grivel Air tech

Cred: 24
Review by dls458 on Mar. 02, 2011
Sturdy, lightweight, and reliable. I use a 70cm, and it works great for general mountaineering. Sticks to ice well, self-belays and arrests well. The Pro comes with a leash and rubber grip, which is essential for when your gloves are wet and slippery.
Tips are a bit weak(I think they are aluminum) so if you are in mixed terrain, plan on regrinding your tips often.

Cred: 12
Review by grdavis on Mar. 16, 2011
Solid for the price! Performs very well! It could be lighter but ask yourself if you really need the pro because the regular is already fairly light.
the pro or the ultra

Cred: 147
Review by fb_829070088 on Feb. 06, 2008
does the job
should have gone for the lighter pro

Cred: 330
Review by fb_668443182 on Feb. 17, 2008
works when you use it

Cred: 3
Review by fb_19714747 on Mar. 04, 2008
strong, tall, good for self-arrest
rusted on me on my 1st climb with them

Cred: 274
Review by lumineferusother on Jun. 25, 2008
Lightweight and inexpensive

Cred: 68
Review by fb_565749594 on May. 12, 2008
excelent axe, good price
a little heavy

Cred: 12
Review by jackknife on Jan. 07, 2009
Good mountaineering for a reasonable weight.

Cred: 262
Review by rondo.bauer on Mar. 03, 2008
A classic.

Cred: 21
Review by rumseyistheman on Dec. 09, 2008
great ice axe

Cred: 21
Review by fb_79302166 on Feb. 06, 2008
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