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Black Diamond Viper

Weight625 g

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Black Diamond Viper
4.6 out of 5 based on 7 user reviews.

Cred: 2509
Review by livextreme41 on Dec. 17, 2008
Fantastically solid tool. I had these for a season, then my gear bag got stolen in the airport, and the reimbursement got me a pair of cobras. I miss these tools though. Solid, intuitive and solid sticks. Perfect weight. Great leashless, but the android leash is nice. Will do anything alpine and takes on the ice and mixed routes. Solid tool. Modular pick makes the viper even more versatile, and there are 3 options which are all good. with a little care, these tools will last a long time.
never found one over the season i had them.
Cobra has a slightly sharper bend, and a little more weight in the Head for easier softer sticks. Laser pick is good for ice. Use the titan for a little more versatility.

Cred: 402
Review by jur001 on Feb. 01, 2008
This is about the best semi-professional axe available: solid placements, great swing, light, about everything you need for ice, medium difficulty mixed or even the toughest alpine routes.
Too bad it comes with a laser pick, I prefer titan.
BD Cobra

Cred: 584
Review by agoldstein on Mar. 01, 2011
Well, I haven't used many axes in my relatively new ice climbing career, but I got a great deal on these and love em!

Cred: 5
Review by tradmonster on Nov. 05, 2008
natural feeling, comfortable swing. comfortable grips. weight distribution is perfect for my preferences. comes leash-optional which i greatly like. not too heavy. i have confidence that this tool will place well!
none that i know of just yet. have yet to actually use them on ice.
cobra, if you're down with forking out the extra $$$. ive heard good things about the cobra.

Cred: 4460
Review by jonnymtman on Mar. 08, 2009
Super comfortable and swing beautifully.
BD Cobras

Cred: 1250
Review by stephen on Apr. 10, 2011
lightweight, easy to swing.
leashes cost too much

Cred: 9
Review by fb_671835559 on Feb. 20, 2008
Nice to swing, easy to place.
a little flimsy
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