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.
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.
|Best Use:||Vertical Ice|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Head Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Head, Spike:||stainless steel|
|Shaft Rating:||B Rated|
|Weight:||Stainless-steel head and spike/aluminum 7075-T6 shaft|
|Black Diamond Raven Ice-Axe||$79.95 - $79.99|
|Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe||$87.96 - $109.95|
|Black Diamond Raven Grip Ice Axe||$71.99 - $95.95|
|Black Diamond Raven Mountaineering Axe||$63.96|
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.
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.
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** .
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...
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.