Black Diamond Ice Clipper

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Black Diamond Ice Clipper -
The Black Diamond Ice Clipper is a simple and light way to rack ice screws. The Ice Clipper will attach to nearly any harness out there and hold a half-dozen screws. They also stay in place, which makes racking easy. Ice Clippers are also great for holstering tools when you want them out of your hands.

Fit:

  • Flat-back design fits most harnesses, and prevents rotation

Sizing:

  • Molded lip on top allows you to stack screws while searching for the right length to deploy

Features:

  • Compatible with any harness
  • Huge hot-wire gate opening allows ice screws and other tools to be clipped and unclipped with easy 1-hand operation
  • Hard plastic body keeps its shape yet remains flexible; flat back reduces rotation
  • Racks up to 6 screws
  • Excellent access and streamlined gear racking
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Activity:Climbing
Country of Origin:Philippines
Head Style:Hammer
Interchangeable Heads:no
Leash Included:no
Leash Type:Leashless
Shaft Rating:B Rated
Weight:30 grams
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Black Diamond Ice Clipper Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

The ice clipper is a nice addition and it makes racking screws easy. Screws can be removed with one hand by twisting them to open the gate (kind of like your worst nightmare when sport climbing). The only thing that I dont like about it is that I dont think it will hold that many screws. Only a few will fit before they start to get in the way of each other. I usually rack a few on this and a few in the gear loops. You can only really fit one per each side of your harness, so unless you place pro with both hands, you only need and will use one.

Matthew Cox at Backcountry.com on 03/30/2009

I know you are thinking this is just one more superfluous gadget, because I thought the same until I used it. For waterfall ice, the clippers are a great way to increase your efficiency. You can rack screws on them and get them off with minimal fussing single handed. No more dangling on one arm (getting pumped) trying to unclip a screw while the biner flips around. At the belay, I clip my tools in since my curlicue shafts won’t fit a holster. I’ve got two on my harness now for BDel screws and my tools. The Grivel 360s are still on metal biners.

ShaunByrne at Backcountry.com on 03/04/2006

I've been using these for rock and ice climbing. The are really nice for clipping tools to or screws while on the ice. for rock climbing I leave them on my harness and use them for extra runners and cordelettes. They don't move around on you too much (they do tend to shift slowing towards the back of my harness) and are really easy to get gear on and off of. If you want extra space on your harness these are a good cheap way to get it.

Mato at Backcountry.com on 11/18/2008

Very handy.

Great piece of gear for holding your ice screws. The wire gate stays open when grabbing a screw then snaps back securly when done. The little 'hook' atop the clipper holds the screw you don't want out of the way, while you're grabbing the one you do want. Probably not strong enough to hold an ice tool so be sure it's backed up with a leash if you clip your tool to one of these.
jox at REI on 09/09/2007

I love these things. It's a little frustrating getting them firmly AND comfortably attached to a regular harness so I ended up dropping the money on BD's Blizzard climbing harness that has the built-in ice clipper loops. Now, I have zero complaints. I wouldn't use Grivel 360 screws as it is extremely hard to rack and unrack them, but with Turbo Express and Express screws, unracking gear is effortless.

Jesse Lind at Backcountry.com on 11/09/2009

Get a pair. Nothing better for most screws. Easy to clip in, and easy to unclip a screw, one-handed even with frozen fingers. Also remember you can flip up your top-racked screws and get to the 3rd or 4th down while all screws are still racked. That's what the little lip at the top is for. Move your shorty up and away and get to your 16s or longer.

Scott Sala at Backcountry.com on 12/03/2008

If you ice climb and are tired of trying to clip your screws to your regular gear loops and you need a place to safely/securely hang your tools while lowering, then these guys are for you. They absolutely save time, which can be very precious while you're feeling the pump, high off the deck and need to place a screw quickly.
Definitely a great idea!

Desert Backpacker at Backcountry.com on 05/19/2008

These are really nice however they would work really well with the integrated ice clipper loops they have on some ice climbing harnesses. I am just using a sport harness and the little rubberized keeper strap and that does not work so well. Good product. Best if you have an ice harness to integrate them with.

reg.chap2157089 at Backcountry.com on 01/18/2010

This little guy is pretty slick when it comes to getting your gear racked the way you want. I really like the rest on the top that allows you to flip a screw up and rest it while you grab the length you need below it.

Bryan Vernetson at Backcountry.com on 02/12/2009

But only about five of 'em. So get two. And it's not so great if you have a bunch of different types of screws - works much better with one consistent screw shape.

Jacon Mayer at Backcountry.com on 09/28/2009

Negative Reviews:

The BD ice clipper is a good idea, but there are so many design flaws that I can't recommend it to anyone. Especially not when Petzl makes the caritool which performs much better.
Pros:
1. Racks 4 - 6 screws or your tools
2. keeps things organized and in place
Cons:
1. They spin around through the sleeves on your harness (I've experienced this with the BD Blizzard and arc'teryx x350a) whenever you put some weight on them
2. the spike at the top is not big enough to securely hold screws while you're trying to access the third screw on your clipper
3. it should be deeper so that you can get more screws/tools on each clipper
I do not recommend this product to my friends. Instead I recommend the Petzl Caritool which does the same job much better.

Matthew Agarwala at Backcountry.com on 05/06/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Lightweight and drafty

So I got this because it had a different look from the other Darth Helmet helmets that are out on the market.

It's a very light helmet, and almost feels like it's not there. But it's drafty with my thin skullcap liner. My big melon prohibits me from wearing a nice lofty/windproof hat- so I have to settle for a skullcap. The vents do not have a sliding cover to trap the heat/moisture.

The helmet feels thin, and I wonder how it will stand up to a falling ice chunk or rock. I'm not sure how the equivalent bicycle/ski helmet impact testing relates but this meets Standard EN 12492 and UIAA standard 106.

The chin strap is described as fully adjustable but mine is fully extended so I can't give you a better review. The back of the head harness is easily adjustable and feels comfortable.

It fits quite nicely under my hoodies and isn't obnoxiously wide.

Overall if you don't have a big melon, and don't dump tons of heat via your head, then this helmet might be for you. I'll keep it until I fail to dodge that ice chunk or rock and then I'll look for something else.
telern at Mountain Gear on 02/02/2014