Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe

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Weighing in at less than 14 ounces, the Raven Pro Ice Axe by Black Diamond is a great multi-purpose snow and glacier tool. Built with an aluminum shaft and a more compact investment-cast stainless steel head and spike, it provides all-around performance.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe.


  • Available in four different lengths for custom fit


  • Full-length pick offers superb bite when self-arresting

Weather and Wind:

  • The classically curved adze is extremely sharp for chopping steps and clears snow or ice with ease
  • Investment cast stainless-steel spike bites into snow and ice; features a narrow profile for speed control and a wide side profile for stopping power when glissading


  • The head is wasp waisted for comfort on day-long trips or shuttling loads to high camps
  • Flat head for a more comfortable hand rest


  • CEN–B certified
  • Durable 7075-T6 aluminum shaft, 17-4 investment cast stainless steel head and spike
  • Raven Pro's 7075-T6 aluminum shaft cuts weight without sacrificing strength
  • Durable stainless-steel spike penetrates hard surfaces on steep mountaineering terrain
  • Adze head
  • Classic design ideal for all mountaineering situation
  • Ergonomic one-piece, rustproof stainless-steel head with a lightweight aluminum shaft
  • Investment-cast, one-piece stainless steel head with an aggressive pick and large hole for a carabiner
  • 352g (12.4oz)
  • Redesigned head features a more aggressive pick and better ergonomics than the original Raven Pro; also features a larger hole for clipping a carabiner
The Raven Pro Ice Axe is the lightest, full-service piolet available, period. It has a super clean and simple design for the high-end user who refuses to sacrifice performance for less weight. The sleek and ergonomic head provides a sure grip and all-day comfort—this also makes for a fast, smooth hand rotation when going into self-arrest. Boot-axe belays are a snap too. The classically curved adze blasts ice, chops steps, and clears snow quickly and easily. Not just for the climber, the Raven Pro is a ski/snowboard-mountaineer's dream as well. At 11 ounces, you may think you forgot to bring it with you.


Updated for more comfortable handling and better purchase in ice, the Black Diamond Raven Pro ice axe is the tool you want by your side while pursuing lofty summits.

Created for weight-conscious mountaineers, the full-function Raven Pro is a lighter version of Black Diamond's Raven. Built with an aluminum shaft and a more compact investment-cast stainless steel head and spike, it provides all-around performance.

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Lightweight, sleek, and easier to handle, the Raven Pro by Black Diamond is an aggressive multi-purpose snow and glacier tool.
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Best Use:Vertical Ice
Country of Origin:China
Head Material:Stainless Steel
Head Style:Adze
Head, Spike:stainless steel
Interchangeable Heads:no
Leash Included:no
Length:75 cm
Pick shape:Mountaineering
Shaft Material:Aluminum
Shaft Rating:B Rated
Shaft shape:Mountaineering
Weight:Stainless-steel head and spike/aluminum 7075-T6 shaft
Weight (Grams):352g
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Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Just Right

I took this ice axe with me on a winter ascent of Mt Washington. Also, I had used it several times on some lesser peaks prior to the Mt Washington trip.

This axe is perfect for that sort of mountaineering trip. It's lightweight, well-balanced, and easy to carry. I used the axe in a variety of ways, including cane, dagger (high and low), and anchor techniques. In each position, the axe preformed well. The smooth shaft was ideal for penetrating the deeper snow drifts, yet was easy to hold. I found no need for a leash.

Finally, since most people, including myself seem to be unsure about the length. I'm 5'9" and found the 65cm length to be ideal for Mt Washington.
Too Much at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2012

I've used this with MicroSpikes solo hiking the snowier/icier sections of the early-season PCT in southern California and with crampons in a wee bit of mountaineering here in BC. I'm 5'10" and got the 70cm because that's what they're now recommending for everyone in the latest edition of Mountaineering: the Freedom of the Hills. This is just one of the best tools of any sort I've ever used; it does what it's supposed to, over and over and over again: no drama. I moved here from back east where you don't need this sort of equipment, and it's been a real confidence booster on the knottier terrain out here.

Jon in Canada at on 06/13/2011

Probably the best do-it-all ultralight ice axe.
It's great for self-arresting, improvising snow anchors and boot-axe belays due to it's direct shaft.
Take it for just-in-case snow/icy approaches - it's light and won't pull you down.
Climb a steep snow - it easily handles really steep snow slopes (depending on your skills for sure).
Climb an alpine ice - paired with an ice tool (e.g. Petzl Sum'Tec 43) it brings you up (again, it depends on your skills and do not oversize it - longer the shaft, harder to climb steep and/or icy slope).
Adze is good for cleaning snow and chopping steps.

pell at on 07/11/2012

Very good tool, exactly as exptected

This was an essential item on my climb on Mt. Rainer in May 2013. Light weight, easy grip. Only 2 negative characteristics: first, the whole thing would freeze and, in turn, freeze my hand even with a heavy glove on...but this is to be expected (wish it came with a cover slip or something though). Second, the pick and spike were extremely sharp...more than needed for what I was doing I think. I had to really watch out so I didnt' bump into it or ruin gear.
js_2009 at REI on 06/06/2013

Great product

I decided to get a new ice axe and went with this one. I love the lightweight feel. Easy to use in all conditions and very safe feeling when performing self arrest. I sized it a bit bigger and glad I did as I love to use it while trekking steep climbs and getting rid of my poles. The shape, weight and feeling while in your hand make this a great tool, and so glad I upgraded. This is a perfect choice for all activities. thanks.
Mardimus at REI on 08/08/2013

Great snow-tool

So I am new to mountaineering and have not yet had occasion to use this tool on the mountain yet. That being said, is it an awesome Axe for general mountaineering purposes. It's every bit as good as the Raven, but lighter.

Be sure to get the right length. The tip should line up with your ankle bone when the head is held in your hand at your side. I am 6'1" and the 65cm version is perfect for me.
Alaskabackpacker at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2012

I had one for a few years it was a great . Coming down a mountain last year a she beast ran into me and tried dragging me down a hill ! after helping up
the large she beast and returning to the trial I found out she snagged my axe! So she freak or beast I am having to buy a new axe to replace the one you tore out of my pack after I almost ran over your huge clumsy a** .

mario sarrica at on 10/21/2011

Light, Easy To Carry, Solid As A Rock.

This was really my first year of mountaineering. I did a lot of learning with this axe through trial and error, being taught by folks that know their stuff, and by trying to practice and learn myself. I'm pretty sure I put this axe through the ringer, and it came out with flying colors. It's light, comfortable in my hands, swings well, and arrested me when I needed arresting. I have no complaints. I'll be happy to use it next year too.
Erik S at REI on 04/04/2011

Great all Around

Great example of a standard Ice Axe. There is a good balance of weight and strength. It works very well for self arresting, also the adze is nice for chopping steps. If you get a axe like this go for a standard length it will be more useful. The pick is not made for climbing vertical ice, but in a pinch it will help get you over some steep stuff. All in all, the best axe for general mountaineering.
Eric K at Mountain Gear on 06/06/2010

Great for the minimalist mountaineer

Ideal for light & fast ventures or when an axe is only needed for a short section of an ascent. Seems very durable but mine has only limited mileage acquired to date. Part of the weight savings are achieved with a smaller sized head than other axes. The smaller mass might be a disadvantage if you have to chop out a bivy ledge, but for most moderate applications seems practical. I have XL sized hands but ergonomics are compatible.
Bebop at Mountain Gear on 07/07/2009

Negative Reviews:

Better hope you never need the adze

I've carried this axe in the Andes, the Alps, and the Cascades. While the pick and shaft are perfectly adequate for self-arrest and as a cane, they went too far for weight saving and left a big hole in the adze blade just to save a few extra grams. I tried to dig with it to place a picket (hurrying to rig a rescue for a climber hanging in a crevasse on Mt. Baker) and the snow simply passed right through the hole. It was like eating soup with a fork. In some snow conditions it works better, but you don't get to choose your conditions when something serious happens on the mountain. Buy something with a SOLID adze blade instead; it's only a few grams difference and worth every gram for safety. I carry a Petzl Sum'Tec now and leave the Raven Pro at home.
Jon With No H at REI on 09/09/2013

Neutral Reviews:

The Raven Pro is only 2.5 oz lighter than the Raven for the same length. Its not noticeably stronger, nor does it hold an edge better. It is shiny though. If you have the money to spend an extra 25% on all your gear to save a couple ounces then go for it. Otherwise it makes no sense. The regular Raven will do just fine for 95% of people's purposes. Drink a few less beers the night before hitting the mountain and you will save that weight without costing you anything. Most mountaineers have adequate grip strength to carry an extra 2.5 oz in their hands all day. Its 2.5 ounces...

J Miles at on 01/05/2014

Comfortable to hold onto. Lighter than most of the other full on mountaineering axes available. Can pound in a picket without destroying the axe. Most at home on long snow walks and glacier walks. Mine has seen lots of action on the standard routes up the PNW volcanos. Get a long one so you can use it like a pole. I got rid of the leash on day 1. The axe attaches well to all my packs with various systems. The top can be sharpened if you bash up a little too much rock. Buy it if you like walking on glaciers and don't expect to hit much vertical ice.

Eric Carter at on 12/13/2012

nice basic axe

it's basic, good enough for Mt. Rainier last week. wanted to take a cheaper, lighter axe and it did the job well. summitted and the long, straight shaft was perfect for plunges in the snow on the decent.
StaggerLee at REI on 07/07/2010