Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool

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Black Diamond Viper Ice Hammer Features.

Black Diamond Viper Ice Hammer.
Climbing is at its most fun with the Black Diamond Viper Ice Hammer. It is a technical, all-terrain tool that is great as a daily driver for ice and alpine climbing. It is equipped with reliable features that will have you swinging into ice with unbelievable ease. The Viper Ice Hammer features an exceptionally stiff and light hydroformed shaft that reduces weight, all while maintaining excellent clearance and balance. Also equipped with Viper Fang and Strike, it cradles your hand while climbing without leash. Another great addition is the Chromoly-steel laser pick with a thin taper and low-volume tip that allows easy penetration with a low displacement of ice. In addition, the stainless-steel head and 7075 aluminum shaft work together to deliver reliable power on ice and mixed routes, as well as ensure superb balance. For a strong grip while wearing gloves, a Thermoplastic urethane grip is also included. Ideal to use for mixed climbing, waterfall ice, and drytool classics, the hammer is absolutely a great choice for extreme climbers out there.
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Key Features.

Traction and Grip:

  • Thermoplastic urethane grip provides a sure hold while wearing gloves
  • Equipped with lower tool attachments, Fang and Strike, to cradle your hands for precise gripping when going leashless


  • Curved upper shaft provides extra clearance on bulges
  • Removable upper and lower pommels


  • Chromoly-steel laser pick has a thin taper and low-volume tip that penetrates easily with a low displacement of ice
  • Shaft CEN-T certified, patented
  • Includes Laser Pick, thinnest precision ice pick designed for pure ice
  • Equipped with Viper Fang and Strike to cradle your hands while climbing leashless; Strike allows you to match hands or choke up while climbing
  • A great tool for mixed climbing, waterfall ice and drytool classics
  • Hammer head shatters loose ice and drives in protection
  • Hydro formed shaft for clearance, weight savings and strength
  • Hydroforming uses pressurized water to expand the Viper's shaft into a unique shape that is exceptionally stiff and light
  • Pick is CEN-B
  • Laser pick, Viper Strike and Fang included, modular head design
  • 7075 aluminum shaft measures 50 cm
  • Hammer version
  • Clip-in point lets you use tethers on multi-pitch routes
  • Stainless-steel head and 7075 aluminum shaft combine for lightweight but durable power on ice and mixed routes
  • Superb balance creates a natural swing for placements with excellent purchase
  • Choke-up point allows easier matching on steep terrain
  • Extremely lightweight
  • New hydroformed shaft is stiffer and lighter than the previous model, yet it still maintains excellent clearance
  • Works with or without leashes (note: leash is sold separately)

The Viper Ice Tool by Black Diamond has evolved with a new hydroformed shaft to increase stiffness and reduce weight, while maintaining exceptional clearance. Hydroforming uses pressurized water to expand the Viper's shaft into its uniquely stiff, yet lightweight shape. With superb balance, leashless capability and an optional integrated Android Leash, the Viper goes most anywhere. Comes equipped with our Viper Fang and Strike, to cradle your hands for precise gripping when going leashless. Laser Pick included. Patented.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool.
The Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool delivers cutting-edge performance for ice, mixed, and alpine climbing thanks to an extremely versatile design that works with or without leashes. In addition to a detachable Fang for leashless security, the Viper includes a Strike pommel that screws into one of two shaft positions and allows easy matching for a variety of hand and glove sizes. Black Diamond built this ice tool with a hydro-formed shaft to increase stiffness and clearance while reducing overall weight. The Viper Ice Tool comes with either a micro-hammer or micro-adze to give you alpine-ready performance while maintaining a low profile for ultra-technical climbing.


The evolution of the Black Diamond Viper hammer ice tool continues with key updates that keep you swinging into ice with ease.


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The technical, all-terrain Viper Ice Tool from Black Diamond is highly versatile, moving from mixed conditions to hard ice routes with ease.

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Components included:Laser pick, micro hammer, Viper Strike and Fang
Country of Origin:China
Head:Stainless steel
Head Material:Stainless Steel
Head Style:Adze
Interchangeable Heads:yes
Leash Included:no
Leash Type:Leashless
Lenght:50 cm
Length:50 centimeters
Pick:Chromoly steel
Pick shape:Reverse curve
Shaft Material:Aluminum
Shaft Rating:T Rated
Shaft shape:Bent
Weight:1 lb 7 oz / 655 g
Weight (Grams):625 g
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Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool Reviews:


The viper tools are very good tools over all. The new hydroformed shaft is much stiffer than the previous generation vipers. The shaft also has very good clearance over bulges.
The leash system works the same as the old vipers except they removed a little stud from the leash, I'm not sure why. I'm not 100% positive but I think you could use the older leashes if you just cut off that little stud on the bottom of the leash.
The laser picks are great on pure ice but you have to learn to use them, they are very sharp and will be a little hard to get out of the ice. The picks are also not very wide so mixed climbing is not the greatest for these picks. Going to a titan pick will be a good idea if you plan on doing any climbing involving rock. The laser picks also dull easily.
The fang and strike on the handle are awesome. The do a very good job of protecting your hands and also make the grip very steady for leashless climbing. If you have large hands you will have a hard time using the tool with both fang and strike if your gloves are heavy. I have medium BD ice gloves and its a squeeze to get my hand on the tool. They are also made out of plastic and I doubt that they will last that long, they seem pretty tough but cold weather and being hit constantly won't be good for them.
The tools are very natural to use for making placements. If you turn the tool around to use the adze or hammer however they can be quite awkward to use. The strike and fang get in the way a bit and make the tool a bit hard to handle. The adze I also feel curves down too much. I thing it would be easier to use it if it were a little more flat.
Overall I think these are great tools and are quite versatile.

Mato at on 12/01/2008

Exceptional design

This year I decided to switch to leashless tools and bought a pair of the New Vipers. These tools simply rock, the design and balance is a big improvement over the old Cobras and Vipers. I have been using Cobras for 3 or 4 seasons with Android leashes. While 2nding a climb I got fed up with unclipping and reclipping the androids. So I tried to retro fit my Cobras, waste of time, the New Vipers design changes the way you climb ice, like BD says more like rock climbing. I wanted a tool with hammer head and option for an adze. My climbing partners have all been impressed with how well these babies climb. I have now done my 2 hardest leads up to WI5 with these tools, one on a route I never felt competent and safe enough to lead and was content to just follow. Being able to let go and shake out makes such a big difference in controlling the pump on steep ice.
PT Pete at Mountain Gear on 03/03/2008

I've climbed on them for the past 4 seasons and stand by the performance. They're a bit heavy as Scott mentioned, but after 4 seasons I'm in better shape and the tools are still workhorses. If you only have 1 set of tools, this is a really good choice. You can play on long alpine routes with a mixture of snow and ice, but the tools are equally at home on vertical ice. With a good variety of picks, mixed pick, lazer, and titan, you can really customize the tool to the type of climbing you enjoy or plan on for any given weekend.
The android leash also provides some of the benefits of leashless climbing, ie easy screw placement and switching tools, without committing to leashless climbing. If you are interested in climbing with these tools leashless- save yourself the frustration and buy a leashless tool. With some add-ons they might look leashless, but they are a leashed tool- that's their strength.

Joshua Keith at on 02/04/2009

I've been using the original Vipers for 3 years and they are strong, a tad heavy but very framing-hammer like in top balance. I believe the shaft is rotated 90 degress on the new ones for a sleeker bend. I warn people when buying vipers to ensure you get the new ones - I've heard of people getting old ones (not on though). I also mounted the leashless elements on mine (shrike and fang). It comes automatic on the new ones. I bought 2 hammers as I never cut steps, playing 99% on steep ice or preferring crampon maneuvers to old style mountaineering. All in all a solid tool. Not the lightest if that's what you want. Honestly, though well served by them, I would probably buy a lighter tool like if I had to switch. As others said, can be hard to pull out, but you do get first swings in often due to the top heaviness.

Scott Sala at on 12/03/2008

Great Tool

I climb mostly waterfall ice and alpine ice. For me this is just the next generation tool from a trusted company. While this tool has most of the features found on the higher end BD tools, it's price point is significantly lower. The only negative attribute I can mention is that BD continues to trend away from the bare bones approach and focuses more and more on name brand recognition. While this has lead to the addition of various superfluous stylistic features, it has not as yet effected function. I'm sure it has effected price to some extent.
Bottom line: These tools are tough, functional, and relatively light.
Jack at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2010

Bought these tools (hammer and adze)after having the opportunity to borrow a plethora of tools - these came to the top so I bought them. No knuckle bashing, lightweight, picks are easy to sink and don't have excess vibration, easy to remove, durable, and priced decent - even better when you can get them on sale. I bought the android leashes to go along with them - so far, they have only ever stayed in my pack and only came for a walk. Leashless is the way to go - very good product.

Jeremy Stoshick at on 01/30/2010

This is a great tool. I used these (usually use CF Black Prophets w/leashes) on moderate water I and I was very pleased. The curve in the shaft makes sinking tools a breeze, they just fly right in. If there's a downside to the tools, it's that the pick is so easy to place it can be easy to over-sink them and make them difficult to remove. Once you learn to deal with that though, it means less energy spent all around.

The Cascade Kid at on 01/17/2010

the best

I have use this axe for two years (out of ten). It's not often that a piece of gear can make that big of a difference but I went from 3-3+ to comfortable leading 4+ and playing on M8. I got the fang, it protects my knuckles. I can clip in or go leashless. The fixed position of the clip in point for the androids is a bit too high, in my opinion. I highly recommend these.
seagallia at REI on 04/04/2010

Great tool

This tool, both hammer and adze are great. I have found the picks to be quite durable, even with dry tooling and sometimes going a little too deep on thin ice. I love the swing weight, and the adjustability of the handle should work for both big hands (like mine) and small hands alike. Overall I am extremely pleased with these tools. The only gripe is I am having a hard time finding the 2007 specific leashes.
JP27 at REI on 01/01/2008

If you want one tool for alpine, mixed, and ice, this is one of the best options out there. They have a nice balance, they deliver confident sticks, and they're durable as hell. I love how you can switch out the hammer or adze for a head blank to save weight. I'm looking forward to swinging my set into some ice over in Chamonix.

Andrew Wike at on 04/16/2012