Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe

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Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe
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Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe -

For fast-and-light ski mountaineering and alpine ascents, the Raven Ultra Ice Axe by Black Diamond provides an extra level of security with minimal weight. Its ergonomically-shaped, compact head is investment cast, as is the plug that rims and protects the aluminum shaft. The shaft also has a beveled point for good penetration and security.

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

Weather and Wind:

  • Unique, angled spike penetrates hard snow
  • Climbs moderate alpine ice and snow


  • CEN-certified
  • Lightweight aluminum shaft
  • Ultralight design without giving away the steel head and pick
  • Classic shape works well for traditional and ski mountaineering
  • The head is designed with an aggressive pick and large hole for a carabiner

Black Diamond built the Raven Ultra Ice Axe for fast-and-light alpine routes and technical ski mountaineering. Even though it weighs only 12oz in a 50cm length, the Raven Ultra is still completely functional and easily stands up to the abuse alpine tools take on a regular basis. Unlike those other lightweight axes, this one still includes a full steel head and pick, so you're not trying to stop your slide with a soft piece of aluminum.

ProLite Gear
Built with a streamlined design and lightweight materials, the Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe is ideal for ski mountaineering missions, descending off alpine rock climbs or those just-in-case situations that involve short sections of glacier travel. The unique, integrated angled spike plunges easily in snowy couloirs, and the investment-cast, polished stainless steel head and pick provide secure bite in moderate ice.
Mountain Gear
Designed for ski mountaineers that want to get in as many turns as possible by going fast and light, the Raven Ultra is Black Diamond's lightest ice axe.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
For ski mountaineering, ultra-lightweight missions or moderate alpine ice and snow. the Black Diamond Ultra Raven sheds weight and handles with grace.

For fast and light ski mountaineering and alpine ascents, the Raven Ultra climbs icy couloirs and easy snow slopes equally well. Its investment-cast, ergonomically- shaped head and unique superlight 45-degree angle-cut spike provide good penetration in hard snow.This item is a cosmetic blemish. It is fully functional, strength tested, and warranteed. We usually cannot even tell what the blemish is, but are happy to pass the savings on this item on to you!

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Best Use:Glacier Travel
Certification:CEN-B certified
Country of Origin:China
Head:Head, Spike
Head Material:Stainless Steel
Head Style:Adze
Head, Spike:stainless steel
Interchangeable Heads:no
Leash Included:no
Length:60 cm
Shaft Material:Aluminum
Shaft Rating:B Rated
Weight:12 oz / 348 g (50 cm)
Weight (Grams):348 g
Weight Without Leash:348 g, 12 oz (50 cm)
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Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

This is the perfect ski mountaineering Ice Tool. It's light, but not too light and cheap like some of the super lightweight axes. I've knocked the adze off one of the cheap aluminum types while chopping out tent anchors. It's burly enough for anything I'd like to ski, but obviously not most ideal for steep ice. Seems like you could work through small sections with it. Big fan of this crucial piece of equipment.

Noah Howell at on 05/19/2013

Raven Ultra

Been using this piolet for years now and despite it being a bit heavier than the CAMP Corsa, it is often my go to for its nice in-hand feel and its steel pick. Both axes have their place in mountaineering but I really do enjoy using this in the mountains. It gets 4 out of 5 stars cause it could be an ounce or so less. Otherwise, its a winner.
Sirclimbsalot at ProLite Gear on 07/15/2013

When it comes to "piolets" the Raven is pretty much perfect. Light, balanced, no-frills. The 50 cm version is perfect for ski mountaineering in the Alps when you need a handy tool on your pack but might not use it all the time. When spring steep skiing season hits don't be left wondering why you didn't invest in a proper tool... get the Raven!

Chris Davenport at on 06/10/2009

The Raven Ultra is the perfect ice tool for lightweight ski mountaineering. For me, every ounce counts when Im trying to shred down a steep committing line and maybe catch some air time. Its nice a small so I dont have to worry about it spearing me in the head when its on my pack.

Nick Devore at on 02/03/2012

Noticeably lighter than the other mountaineering axes I've used, though still seems stout enough to take years of abuse. The polished steel head and orange shaft look great, too. Just wish I had it on Saturday for the climb up Superior. If you're looking for a mountaineering axe, I wouldn't hesitate on buying this one.

sonofragna760360 at on 05/11/2009

The Raven Ultra Ice Axe is not the perfect climbing tool - but if you like to go up steep or sketchy side hill spots, while summiting peaks to snowboard/ski down than this is a great tool to have with you. Light weight and reliable

knut eliassen at on 11/09/2012

held up incredibly well after a few climbs - incredibly sturdy for such a light weight - cant imagine needing anything heavier/stronger than this for any snow climb.

dbiglski1469923 at on 02/12/2013

Perfect tool for the just in case moments. Fits nicely in or on pack. Its a snow tool plain and simple.

Seth Morrison at on 07/30/2012

11.5oz of sheer awesome. All my friends want one.
This my weapon of choice for high country of the PCT.

K.P.MacGregor at on 01/15/2013

Super light, Super simple design. No frills, no extras. Great tool.

Joshua Moore at on 09/05/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Used this on Mt. Hood last weekend. Light weight and sturdy. The pick and adze worked well and the length was fine. Only thing I didn't like is that it doesn't have a steel spike. The shape of the aluminum spike isn't bad, but it takes extra effort to get a good grip in the snow.

rob3143551 at on 07/14/2009