Black Diamond Viper Ice Axe

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Black Diamond Viper Ice Axe
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Black Diamond Viper Ice Adze Features.

Black Diamond Viper Ice Adze.
Enjoy climbing at its most extreme with the Black Diamond Viper Ice Adze. The Black Diamond Viper Ice Adze is a technical, all-terrain tool that is ideal as a daily driver for ice and alpine climbing. It is equipped with cutting-edge features that will have you swinging into ice with such an amazing ease. It features an incredibly stiff and light hydroformed shaft that reduces weight, all while maintaining excellent clearance and balance. It is also equipped with Viper Fang and Strike that cradle your hand while climbing without a leash. Another great feature is the Chromoly-steel laser pick with a thin taper and low-volume tip that enables easy penetration with a low displacement of ice. Moreover, the stainless-steel head and 7075 aluminum shaft work hand in hand to deliver durable power on ice and mixed routes, as well as ensure superb balance. A Thermoplastic urethane grip, on the other hand, ensures a strong grip while you re wearing gloves. A must-have tool for mixed climbing, waterfall ice, and drytool classics, this always gets the job done.
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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


  • Head made of stainless steel, pick made of chromoly steel


  • Removable upper and lower pommels


  • Extremely lightweight
  • Optional integrated Android Leash
  • Laser pick, Viper Strike and Fang included, modular head design
  • Chromoly-steel laser pick has a thin taper and low-volume tip that penetrates easily with a low displacement of ice
  • Scoop-shape adze chops and cleans steps and anchor placements
  • Superb balance creates a natural swing for placements with excellent purchase
  • Works with or without leashes (note: leash is sold separately)
  • Pick is CEN-B
  • Includes Laser Pick, thinnest precision ice pick designed for pure ice
  • A great tool for mixed climbing, waterfall ice and drytool classics
  • Hydroformed shaft for clearance, weight savings and strength
  • Shaft CEN-T certified, patented
  • Adze version
  • Stainless-steel head and 7075 aluminum shaft combine for lightweight but durable power on ice and mixed routes
  • 7075 aluminum shaft measures 50 cm
  • Equipped with Viper Fang and Strike to cradle your hands while climbing leashless; Strike allows you to match hands or choke up while climbing
  • New hydroformed shaft is stiffer and lighter than the previous model, yet it still maintains excellent clearance
  • Hydroforming uses pressurized water to expand the Viper's shaft into a unique shape that is exceptionally stiff and light
Black Diamond Viper Hammer What began with a backyard anvil and a hammer has grown into a global company with offices on two continents that's not just for rock climbers, but one that stands for the spirit of the sports we live, their values and goals, past, present and future. Since 1957, our innovative gear designs have set the standards in numerous areas. This is partly the result of dedication, desire and diligence on the part of an incredible team of people. It's also the result of each of us being climbers and skiers ourselves. We're a company of users—it's who we are. We're the greatest dreamers about what could be, and the harshest of critics about what exists and because of this—the creation of Black Diamond is a process which will never end.

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A technical, all-terrain tool, the Black Diamond Viper makes the perfect daily driver for ice and alpine climbing. The Viper is built with a hydroformed shaft to increase stiffness and reduce weight, while maintaining exceptional clearance and balance.


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Best Use:Alpine Climbing, Mixed Climbing, Overhanging Ice, Vertical Ice
Components included:Laser pick, micro adze, Viper Strike and Fang
Head:Stainless steel
Length:50 centimeters
Pick:Chromoly steel
Pick shape:Reverse curve
Shaft shape:Bent
Weight:655 g, 1 lb 7 oz (Adze), 625 g, 1 lb 6 oz (Hammer)
Weight (Grams):645 g
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Black Diamond Viper Ice Axe Reviews:


Solid Tools

I use these tools for primary on water ice climbs, although occasionally I dabble in mixed climbing and some dry tooling.

The tools grip is nice, a little small if you're using bulkier gloves like the BD Specialists. They are relatively light tools although I would rather have the tools be a little heavier and have some more weight in the heads, as a result you have to give it a little more wrist and force to get a nice hold. On the same note, once the picks are in they're not coming out, sometimes to a fault. I climb with a few people all of who have the Petzl Quarks, and we all seem to have this problem. The Adze is a little superficial, they're really blunt and are sufficient for chopping steps and clearing ice for screws, but it's definitely something that is a little off. The clearance is great, the grip is set back enough from the head, I don't have any problems with slamming my knuckles into the ice because the grip is too far forward. Like I said, the laser picks are great for penetration of pure ice and snagging little rock holds but it's important to find that nice mix between giving the swing a little more muscle to account for the lack of weight in the head, but not too much to get the picks stuck.

All in all they're good tools. A nice combination for ice and mixed climbing. The biggest thing I'd recommend is weighting the heads for an easier swing. Everything else just takes time to get used to.
Sweet Baby Ray at REI on 02/02/2009

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

Pricey, but loveable!

These are the most comfortable tools I've used, with or without straps. They are a major $$$ investment, and hopefully BD will drop the tag a little. I love the feel of the placements, but have found chopping steps/ platforms to be sub-standard, though most of the bent-shaft tools seem this way. Still, beats the other models in this price range hands down.
Zed the writer. at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2009