Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool

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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.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Includes the Cobra/Viper Fang and Strike to protect and support hands while leashless climbing

Weather and Wind:

  • Flush spike/grip interface is easily driven into hard snow
  • Rubberized and ergonomically curved rubber handle for a secure and comfortable grip even when cold and wet


  • Removable upper and lower pommels
  • Twisted upper shaft for high clearance without sacrificing balance or axis of rotation


  • Carbon fiber shaft is lightweight yet strong, and bent to provide a natural, solid swing; shaft has the greatest clearance of any Black Diamond tool
  • Refinements include increased clearance, reduced weight and improved stiffness, making it evermore versatile
  • Choke-up spur allows easier matching on steep terrain
  • Shaft CEN-T certified, patented
  • Carbon fiber shaft dampens your swing for more one-swing sticks
  • Laser pick has a thin taper and low-volume tip that penetrates easily, with little displacement of ice
  • Shaft is balanced with weight in head for damp, accurate strikes with little rebound and vibration as the pick enters the ice
  • Lightweight carbon fiber 50 cm shaft keeps the majority of the tool's weight in the head and provides vibration-free placements
  • Modular head design allows pick and hammer to be removed and replaced
  • Pick is CEN-B
  • Hammer head component drives ice pitons and clears loose ice for solid anchor placement
  • Carbon fiber shaft doesn't chill your hand like aluminum
  • Laser Pick, Cobra Strike and Fang included, modular head design
The Cobra Ice Tool has been at the cutting edge of ice and alpine climbing for years, but, instead of sitting back on its laurels, Black Diamond decided to upgrade this tool for the next evolution. Keeping the same vibration-dampening carbon fiber material, the Cobra Ice Tool takes on a new custom-molded shape that makes it stiffer than ever before for reduced flex and precise one-swing sticks. Black Diamond pre-tapped the handle and shaft to easily accept the included two-position, leashless attachments, and you can add an Android leash for big rigs when you'd rather be clipped to your tools.

Al's Sports
The ultimate carbon fiber tool for leashless mixed, ice and alpine climbing, the Black Diamond Cobra provides unparalleled performance from the crags to the Karakoram. The Cobra features a lightweight shaft that provides precise, technical swings and offers the most clearance of any of Black Diamond's tools-all without sacrificing balance or axis of rotation.
Appalachain Outdoors
The Cobra from Black Diamond is the ultimate carbon fiber tool for leashless mixed, ice and alpine climbing. This ice tool provides unparalleled performance on everything from the local frozen waterfall to the large north faces in Alaska. The Cobra features a lightweight shaft that provides precise, technical swings and plenty of clearance on those ice bulges.

Switch seamlessly from mixed climbing to alpine ventures with the redesigned Black Diamond Cobra hammer ice tool.


Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
A proven performer on vertical ice and hard alpine climbs, the coveted Black Diamond Cobra Hammer delivers damp, balanced swings, and wrist-flick sticks. Winner of Climbing Magazine's 2008 Best New Gear Award and Rock & Ice Magazine's 2008 Best in Gear Award.

Country of Origin: Imported

Mountain Gear
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.
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Components included:Laser pick, micro hammer, Cobra Strike and Fang
Country of Origin:China
Grip:Co-molded rubber
Head:Stainless steel
Head Material:Stainless Steel
Head Style:Hammer
Interchangeable Heads:yes
Leash Included:no
Leash Type:Leashless
Lenght:50 cm
Length:50 centimeters
Pick:Chromoly steel
Pick shape:Reverse curve
Shaft:Carbon fiber
Shaft Material:Carbon Fiber
Shaft Rating:T Rated
Shaft shape:Bent
Weight:1 lb 6 oz / 617 g
Weight (Grams):702 g
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Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool Reviews:


Outstanding tools

Alpine: A+
Steep Ice: A+
Mixed: B+
I've previously owned X-15's, Black Prophets, Carbon Fiber Black Prophets, Fusions, and Nomics.
Once I tried leashless tools, I've NEVER looked back. I'm just not that into leashed tool bondage.
The Fusions were excellent at mixed, but I didn't care for their swing on mixed climbing is fun, but I'm not that good, I enjoy long days of backcountry ice the most.
I love my Nomics...great sticks with an open handed swing around your trigger finger...also fantastic at mixed. But they don't have a spike and the staggered hands make it difficult to plunge into deep snow between pitches on backcountry ice. I'm keeping my Nomics for mixed climbing.
My new Cobras are a joy to swing on steep ice and backcountry/alpine ice. With the majority of the weight in the head, not in the shaft, with an open handed swing around your pinky, you'll get solid placements on most first swings. They plunge into snow well, and the spike adds confidence while walking steep snow between pitches. I removed the middle strike/pommel, as I prefer a smooth shaft, and I don't match hands on one tool too much on ice. Switching hands without the middle strike/pommel takes a little getting used to, but becomes second nature quickly. Cobras still mixed climb quite well if you leave the middle strike/pommel in place, but mixed isn't their intended purpose.
They are expensive, but they are worth every penny. I bought them at EMS on sale at 20% off.
I absolutely love my Cobras.
Pablo1960 at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2012

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).

Jonathan White at on 01/16/2012

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!

Seth Morrison at on 02/11/2011

solid tool, different feel

I had a pair of vipers until my gear bag got stolen. When i finally got paid back i picked these up, and have had them out 4 days now. Same feel, with a smoother swing. It has a balanced and light feel. I could climb with these tools all day. The only problem..... feel. I wouldn't say it's bad, but with so little vibration (which is the point of these tools) That i can't feel what's at the end of the pick as well and climb more by sight than feel. But i definitely love these tools, just needed some times to get used to them.
xtremelife at REI on 03/03/2008

Best pair I've ever owned

I bought my pair of cobras as an upgrade from my BD Reactors. I really liked the reactors (4 of 5 stars), but this tool is phenomenal. This tool is much more efficient than any other I've owned. All of the weight is concentrated at the head, allowing for solid yet effortless (read: efficient) swings. Once you try this tool you will never want to go back. The only downside is the price - [$] for the pair with leashes. If you can snag this pair on sale do it! You won't regret it!
Steve at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2011

I'm not exactly an ice ninja, but I do know that this is the best tool I have ever used. And it seems like this tool has a religious following for a good reason. They swing like a dream, with the right balance of heavy enough to get a good stick, but light enough to not tire your arms out over a long day, and you can mix climb pretty hard in them. The carbon fiber is AWESOME, and dampens the vibration to your hands. In technical terms this ice tool is the SHIZNIT!!!

Cedar Wright at on 01/11/2010

Great tool

The BD Cobra is a great tool. It requires a bit of a different swing, but sticks and hooks great. I noticed there were certain angles of ice that limit the ability to stick – increased blow out and shattering. THis was mostly low angle ice and it was never a real problem. These things are amazing on chandelier type ice, steep ice, hooky features, and climbing around bulges without smacking your hands. I used the tools both leashed (android) and leashless. I preferred leashless climbing and the tools worked great for that.
Yetti at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2009

Wicked good hammer!

This is a great water ice tool. From the first time that I picked one up, I was amazed at it's balance. Effortless swings. It's very light. It's my first Black Diamond tool, so I had a bit of a learning curve on hard ice. The picks seat securely in ice and a bit shallower than I'm used to. These tools are pricey, but this is a very high end tool. AND I got a great deal from EMS!
Vasken at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2008

The best pure ice tool I have ever used. Light with a perfect swing weight. Just flick and go. The carbon shafts absorb any shock nicely. Just a joy to climb with. Great alpine tool since it is so light. I have climbed a bit of mixed with this tool and was perfectly happy with the performance, but if you are looking to send m10 and above you might want to look at the BD fusion.

Andy Jacobsen at on 03/23/2010

these are sweet tools, they are so light you can swing them all day with half of the pump, the handle angle seems to be perfect to me on steep and low angle ice and rock, the pinky locks come in very handy to help relieve your grip. the carbon is so nice dampening the bows although it takes away a bit of sensitivity. love these tools but they dont come cheep

kev p at on 05/03/2010