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.
Switch seamlessly from mixed climbing to alpine ventures with the redesigned Black Diamond Cobra hammer ice tool.
Country of Origin: Imported
|Components included:||Laser pick, micro hammer, Cobra Strike and Fang|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Head Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Pick shape:||Reverse curve|
|Shaft Material:||Carbon Fiber|
|Shaft Rating:||T Rated|
|Weight:||1 lb 6 oz / 617 g|
|Weight (Grams):||702 g|
|Black Diamond Cobra Ice Adze at SunnySports||$284.95 - $339.95|
|Black Diamond Cobra Ice Axe||$284.95 - $335.95|
|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'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!!!
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.
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