The Cobra Ice Tool by Black Diamond is a staple of hard ice leads and bold alpine routes. This year we've redesigned the shape of our legendary Cobra's lightweight carbon fiber shaft to give it the most clearance of any of our tools without sacrificing balance or axis of rotation. The new silhouette also reduces the overall weight of the Cobra by over 100 grams. The carbon fiber shaft keeps the majority of the tool's weight in the head. Carbon fiber also provides vibration-free placements with minimal flex, a damp, balanced swing and wrist-flick sticks. Over-molded and textured, a new, minimized rubber grip is integral to the Cobra's lower shaft for a flush fit, positive control and a secure, precise grip. The optional integrated Android Leash can be added for hard ice climbing. Comes equipped with Laser Pick, removable Fang and Strike. Patented.
Country of Origin: Imported
Switch seamlessly from mixed climbing to alpine ventures with the redesigned Black Diamond Cobra hammer ice tool.
Made with a lightweight carbon fiber shaft that keeps the weight in the head, Black Diamond's Cobra Ice Tool provides astounding feel, truly balanced swings and precise placements - a new generation of carbon fiber performance.
|Best Use:||Alpine Climbing, Mixed Climbing, Overhanging Ice, Vertical Ice|
|Components included:||Laser pick, micro hammer, Cobra Strike and Fang|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Head Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Length:||50 cm / 19.69 in|
|Modular:||Pick, Hammer, Adze|
|Pick shape:||Reverse curve|
|Recommended Use:||ice climbing|
|Shaft:||Compound, Bend, High, Clearance|
|Shaft Material:||carbon fiber|
|Shaft Rating:||T Rated|
|Uses:||Vertical Ice, Mixed Alpine|
|Weight:||1 lb 6 oz (Adze), 1 lb 5 oz (Hammer)|
|Weight (Grams):||702 g|
|Weight Adze:||645 g (1 lb 7 oz)|
|Weight Hammer:||588 g ( 1 lb 5 oz)|
|Weight [with packaging]:||1.6 lb|
|Black Diamond Cobra Ice Adze||$284.95 - $339.95|
|Black Diamond Cobra Carbon-Fiber Ice Tool with Hammer Head||$335.95|
I've owned Prophets, the previous Cobras, and the new Cobras. They are great for mixed and hooking; however, they are less than stellar on pure steep ice-- due in part to their lightweight. Their big curve helps protect the knuckles and makes hooking mushrooms a breeze. Greatly improved over the previous version is the grip, its much thinner and easier to hold. Also good are the fangs for matching.
On the downside, their lightweight can make it more difficult to get a good stick-- especially in really hard ice (and vertical). Adding the heaver adze or hammer doesn't help much since the weight is behind the pick which makes the head flop side to side if you are not dead center on your swing.
Finally, if you climb leash-less but have the leash attachment on the tool the webbing will wear fairly quickly (due to the metal part swinging up and down). I had to retire the leash attachment after 1 season, no big loss since I don't use it and probably not an issue if you actually use the leash.
Ultimately, they are great tools and many people love them (I Like them a lot).
Had a chance to try these last year on a training day on ice and was hooked from the first swing and ended up getting them just recently. Weight is always and issue, in the pack but you like some for setting the tool, which these still have that feel. By no means am I an expert or pro but like to use high end equipment and these are as good as it gets. Using these mostly for mountaineering so the curve is not the best for plunging into snow, crabbing works well while ascending. I remove the hand clips yet carry them with me for times Ice will be encountered. Shaft is slippery so I added some skateboard grip tape on for grip after seeing a friend use it, good idea! Lightness means less fatigue!
I really can't believe no one has written a review of these babies yet. Honestly the best tool I've ever used. They make my BD Vipers feel clumsy and heavy, and I used to think they were the best tools out there. Carbon shafts do a great job of absorbing the shock and allowing the weight to stay in the head. Swing momentum is great and with curvy shaft clears ice 'shrooms like nothing else. Add in the points for sexiest set of tools award, and this is one sweeeet ice sticker.
Oh yeah, BD is going to start making hot-forged picks so the laser picks hopefully won't break all the time! In the meantime, I'd recommend switching the picks on here to Fusions or Titans.
IF you want the tool that all the other ice climbing fools will drool over then this is it. The carbon fiber is such a sick material for the shaft. It absorbs and dampens all the vibration so you dont get as pumped when you though a sucky swing and it ricochets off. The picks as slick, I dry tool the hell out of them and then just hit em up with the ol file...good as new. Lastly these are durable, show me an ice climber that is gentle on equipment and ill tell you that your dreaming. These will hold up to all the abuse that can be tossed at em. They are pricy, but worth every penny.