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Gear Review

2 5

Limited uses

I bought this axe as my first axe for ski touring. Since I bought a Black Diamond Raven Pro for mountaineering. Even though the Corsa is lighter, I still end up taking the Raven Pro 99% of the time, as I think if ever need to use the axe to self-arrest I want the confidence of the steel pick. The aluminum pick really seems a bit questionable.

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You should learn about UIAA ratings. They're both rated as B axes by international standards, meaning they're equally safe for all practical purposes. I own a raven pro too and like my 70 cm Corsa better because it weighs 7 oz lighter.

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Equally safe by UIAA ratings is one way to look at it - I recently used the Corsa crossing steep icy snow, and wished I had the Raven Pro. Plunging the shaft with the Corsa is really not a great experience.