Redesigned with an up to 50 gram reduction in weight, this classic Raven with Grip by Black Diamond optimizes comfort and ease of use when glacier traveling and mountaineering. Like all of our piolets, the anodized shaft is built from lightweight, aircraft aluminum alloy for high strength. The investment-cast, one-piece stainless steel head is comfortable to wrap your fingers around, and the slim, neutral pick and aggressive teeth are engineered for secure self-arrest. The Raven with Grip is equipped with a Slider Leash and a dual-density, molded grip for when the going gets steep or when you need to chop steps or a bivy platform.
The Raven with Grip by Black Diamond. Traditional mountaineer's piolet for classic alpine climbs.
The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe/Grip is built with a one-piece stainless steel head which offers superb durability and will not rust. Ergonomically sculpted for comfort, the Raven with Grip also comes with a leash to provide better control while climbing or chopping. A bigger adze is great for burly chopping sessions for an all around durable, comfortable tool.
|Best Use:||Alpine Climbing, Glacier Travel|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Grip:||Dual-density molded grip|
|Head Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Head, Spike:||stainless steel|
|Shaft Rating:||B Rated|
|Weight:||1 lb 2 oz / 505 g (55 cm)|
|Black Diamond Raven Ice-Axe||$79.95 - $79.99|
|Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe||$79.96 - $99.99|
|Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe||$87.96 - $109.95|
This is a solid axe for trekking and for some reasonable mountaineering as well. It's sturdy as all get out, and though I've never had to use the grip in a self-arrest situation, it is pretty nice if you have to start swinging the axe, as is the leash. They both save some juice on those long pitches of rime. That said, as a tool rather than an axe, it leaves something to be desired, but for most cascade routes, combining one of these with a BD Venom hammer will do you right. The only real downside is that its a few ounces heavier than some other axes, and while it's not that much alone, these things do add up.
i had my last axe stolen and trying to save some money i had to buy low cost axe ,the raven with grip is good for me ,i climb to 4350 metres in tien shan mountains kazak on fairly steep snow and rocky scree ridges,it has good weight balance,grips stays in my hand ,not down the hill and pick cuts steps very well,for self arrest i used it once and stopped me dead solid before going over the cliff,if u looking for a more technical axe go for the more expensive models but if u need general axe for hikking and a little light alpine climbing ,this works i am damn happy with this axe.
I love my Black Diamond Raven. I've used it for glacier travel in the Cascades as well as winter mountaineering in the White Mountains and the Catskills. Strong, lightweight, and comfortable -- I look forward to many more trips with this tool. Check out the axe and pick protectors from Black Diamond to keep your axe from shredding your belay jacket when packed in your luggage...
Excellent product. Value for money. I used this ice axe on my Mt. Elbrus climb in July 2010. While Elbrus does not really require ice axe skills, I used this since I went with one ski pole and an ice axe. I found this combo quite effective and was able to use the axe quite efficiently. Great balance and well designed/made product. Highly recommend this.
I purchased the Black Diamond Raven Ice Ax for my advendtures in the backcountry of Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho. I purchased the 75cm ice ax and I have to say for the length, it is very light weight and has a very comfortable balance when swinging into the ice. Great product and I would reccomend this ax to anyone.
I have the 65.Great feel and very reliable axe. Great in cane and grip is comfy, not that that matters cus you ll more likely have gloves on. Only reason gave it 4 stars is because Black Dimond makes lighter axes. It is a bit heavy. but very very good axe for under 100 bucks
I finally got the chance to use it while climbing Mt. Hood. It was just the right weight that it wasn't too light or too heavy.
I enjoy using this axe for winter hikes. I have no real complaints about it. Like all Black Diamond gear, its all reliable.
I used this axe for some steep snow, and very very easy mixed climbing up some coulior's. nice and light!