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Get fast, solid ice protection with the Black Diamond Express Ice Screws.

The Black Diamond Express Ice Screws' unique taper reduces ice fracturing and eases placements. A large crank knob takes less fine motor skills to use than a small one, so you can place the Express Ice Screw when you're pumped like crazy and really need it. Black Diamond uses a stainless steel hanger to eliminate rusting and decrease sun-induced melt-out. Two carabiner holes make sketchy hanging belays easy to set up.
  • Dual-clip in points make belays much easier to build
  • Tapered design for easier placements

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Are the 16cm screws expected to be back...

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Are the 16cm screws expected to be back in stock any time soon? Thanks!

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We do have a order pending with our buddies down the street at BD but I honestly don't expect it in until probably around the first week of April.

Good pro for a questionable activity

Good pro for a questionable activity

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several screws on a short vertical pitch.

5 5

Solid ice screws

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

All my friends use them as a basic set fo ice climbing .
The grinder is very solid.
They use one screw from Grivel only if they need to put protection very fast when they are getting pumped( Yes Grivel is faster) but still BD rules.

Solid ice screws
4 5

Super fast. Super sharp

These screws are the workhorse on my rack--sure, I have a couple grivel screws that I absolutely love, and I think there's even a Petzl Laser Sonic kicking around--but for most of my placements, I'm sinking in BD Express screws.

I find that while they don't place as quickly as the Grivel screws, they rack much more conveniently on your harness, and the multiple clip-in points make them an ideal piece for anchors. They're solidly built, start fast in hard ice, and easy to see sizes (I just think of them as camalot sizes) Make sure to flip the grinder knob down, as having your rope catch on it can be disastrous.

5 5

Ice ice, baby

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just peachy for super fast screwing. The color-coded crank nobs were what sold me on them. They are ultra easy to place and only really need to be sharpened once every ice season. I wouldn't want to take a fall on them, but that goes for anything screwed into ice. It's very important to use protection.

Ice ice, baby
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Just remember to flip the grinder back down after you sink the screw...

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I climb with a very mixed rack of different brands, and BD stands out like a happy thumb. Lighter than the grivels for sure. Plus I dig the double biner access! Bites, screws fast, does everything you look for in a screw!

5 5

Looking for a good screw?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Look no further. I love these. They start way fast and the little knob on the hanger makes getting them in a breeze. I like these a lot because they rack nicely on your harness. They go on and off ice clippers very easily, which is crucial when you are getting pumped and every fumbled move only adds to your pump. These are just great screws

5 5

Fab ice screws

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are superb. Recommend highly! And buying through this store made for smooth shopping.

5 5

The best out there!

I use a full rack of these for ice climbing, and I always carry a couple of these for glacier travels. They are solid, easy to place, durable and when climbing with friends with other screws we always end up with the BDs. Only shortcomming is when placing in some concave "holes" where the relatively long and ridgid arm hits the surrounding ice before the screw is all in. Therfore I'd reccomend to bring one or two grivel 360s or similar in addition to the BDs.

5 5

They rule!!

These babies rule, especially when you are still intermediate and super tired after a long pitch. The crank knob is a real life saver in moments like this.

5 5

Great screws

I used these all season. I took a fall on one and it held. I also used them for some top rope anchors. The thread design is better that some others I've seen, but similar to most others. The hanger is great because you have 2 places to clip if needed. They go in as well as Grivel Helix and seem to take the same effort, but have a better hanger. Go heavy on 13 and 16cm, and get a few of the stubbies and long ones for bad ice and shallow placements.

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