|Country of Origin:||China|
|Head Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Shaft Rating:||T Rated|
|Black Diamond Fusion Ice Axe||$279.95|
|Black Diamond Fusion Ice Pick||$47.95|
|Black Diamond Fusion Ice Hammer at SunnySports||$234.95|
For non-carbon shaft, these tools perform well but don't have the light feel. The ergo-grip feels ok in the hand, but not as comfortably as some other tools I have used. I have to agree with what many people say about the angle of the pitch on these is a little too severe for me and I prefere the more traditional shaft with less pitch. That said these slice really well and challenge the likes of the the Nomic as mentioned below, or the Grivel Monster. I think the staggered grip on these do provide a nice protection for the hands, but find the grips to be a bit small for my hand (I have a large hand). All in all they get the job done, but I am always finding myself wanting more comfort in a tool when I am done. Keeping in mind that I have larger than normal hands the handles can be adjusted to a certain extent to accommodate larger hands. This is just my opinion but this is a pretty solid product from BD!
I just got back from using the Fusions for an ice climbing tour of 4 days and climbing 6-7 hours a day. These tools are quite sweet. They stick like a dream, you just have to drop down at the last second or the pick does not hit right on the point. Other than that its reasonable light weight, the handle grip is super comfortable. The on and only perk over my nomics is the spike and the pommel, it really makes mantling at top out easy and give a solid clip point for an umbilical.
I had the laser pick on so Mix climbing was a bit hard on the tips, defiantly go with the titan pick for mixed.
So to date my favorite tools are the Petzl Nomics, Bd Cobras (new style) then the BD Fusions.
I don't know why these tools get a bad rap, I love them! I have climbed with Nomics, Monsters, vipers, Reactors, Quarks. If I had to choose just one pair of tools it would be these. I'm not saying that the others suck, just that I like these the best.
I know some serious winter crushers in NH, VT and NY (insert name drop here) that swear by the Fusions...but for pure ice climbing, I've been more impressed with other tools. The angle for me was too much for pure ice routes, but they seem right at home on difficult technical mixed terrain.
I like BD tools in general because you can use one tool to tighten the pick of the other - but only as a patch in the field...and yes, I have actually needed this function. I couldn't get enough torque to really tighten them all the way down while repairing them at a belay. Another pair of hands might make it easier, but at least it wont fall off...
not so great on ice compared to Nomic. The clone missed some of the genes of the Petzl Nomic. It isn't user error. If you want to climbed hard mixed this is a good tool. If you are on steep ice it isn't.