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Rainier or Denali, the Raven gets you there and back.

The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is designed to give you the greatest comfort and ease of use possible. The ergonomic, stainless steel head has a flat top and hourglass shape at its connection to the shaft. This creates a shape that's comfortable to hang onto and allows fast transition to self-arrest. The Raven's pick shape is very secure in self-arrest, and the large adze makes the dismal job of chopping a belay ledge a little more bearable. You're going to be walking for days with your ice axe. The Raven's comfortable head will make all the difference.

  • Classic design idea for any mountaineering situation
  • Flat head makes a more comfortable hand rest

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5 5

The most comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This axe really is more comfortable than competing axes. I've tried similar axes from Petzl and Grivel, and used the BD Venom on occasion, and this axe really is more comfortable than any of those. If you need your axe for more than about an hour, the ergonomic head really starts to make a difference. It would be my only recommendation for moderate snow/glacier climbing.

I'm 5'9'' and will use the axe for winter hiking/mountaineering. Can anyone explain/recommend how I should size the axe?

Responded on

The Mountaineers recommend a 70 cm axe for nearly everyone with regard to general mountaineering. This information can be found in the latest edition of their book, "Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills," on page 322.

Responded on

The rule of thumb I've heard is that the spike should be about at your ankle bone when holding the axe with your arm down. A longer axe will be more comfortable for gentle terrain and a shorter axe will be easier to use on steep terrain.

I'm 5'11" and I have a 70cm - so that will probably be a good size for you as well.

4 5

Gets the Job Done

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this ax while backpacking in some slushy conditions in Olympic National Park. It saved me a couple
times when I slipped and started sliding. The ax is a bit heavy compared to other ice axes, but it gets the job done and can out up with some serious abuse.

I'm 6'6" and will use the ax for bc skiing mostly. What size would you recommend?

Responded on

The general rule for mountaineering is when you the head at your side, the point should be by your ankle.
But for backcountry ski travel you can go a lot shorter assuming on flats and glacier you will still have skis and poles on. But for steeps where you're plunging the spike and boot backing a ax over 60cm gets unwieldy.
What type of backcountry travel will you be doing? Will the axe be on your back 98% of the time? and do you plan to use it to make an anchor?
At 6'2" I used a 65cm of the Raven. Now I use a 50cm Camp Corsa Nanotech. Half the weight means I don't mind carrying it around all day and not using it.

Responded on

I agree with the above. For skiing, your axe only comes out for the steeps, so it makes sense to prioritize ease of climbing and weight (aka - a short axe) over walking comfort (long axe). I usually ski with a 50 cm axe, which would work - you are pretty tall so may want to consider sizing up to 55 or 60. You could also look at some lighter options than this because weight will be more important than comfort.

It is really up to you what size, just make sure you understand the tradeoffs!

5 5

Ideal weight and ergonomics

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Raven is perfect for general mountaineering. It's ideal for self belay and self arrest on moderate slopes. As far as weight goes, if you want to cut ounces, go for a jog and lose the love handles. It's not a pain to carry on a long climb. I wouldn't want it any lighter. What really sets the Raven (and the lighter Raven pro) apart from other axes? In the end, it's the comfort in your hand. It's vastly more comfortable than most Grivel or Petzl axes. It is easy to get a good grip on this thing when your life depends on it.

5 5

Pleased.

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is my first ice axe. I chose it because it's affordable and available in my size (60 cm). It sits at a comfortable height for hiking , it's super light weight and fits on my pack perfectly. The axe is agressive and the BD leash was secure. It gave me confidence and saved me a few times when my feet slipped out from under me. I'm more of a trail runner who's a little too antsy for the snow to melt than a mountaineer, quite honestly so I'm using it on soft snow wearing shorts and trail running crampons. It's not a burden to take a long since it's light and small but it sure is nice to have when things get steep and slippery!

Pleased.
5 5

Up to 14er standards

This is a solid ice axe. It is comfortable in your hands. It comes in 4 sizes so you can find the perfect size for you. It is light enough that if you think you will need it but find out there is not as much snow as you thought you won't even notice you packed it all the way up. Great buy I am very happy with it. Don't forget the covers to protect it and your gear.

4 5

classic

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

great axe for light mountaineering and ski mountaineering use. Purchased this as a back up to my old Camp USA neve axe. Awesome price point to use as back up axe or to lend out to a buddy when you get to your objective a few hundred miles from home and they realize they left their axe sitting in the kitchen.

Ice Axe Anchors

Ice Axe Anchors

Even if not actually needed for climbing, ice axes are indispensable when touring in glaciated terrain for many reasons such as creating an anchor. Here we're practising various snow anchors, including using an ice axe anchor.

5 5

Great General Mtnering Axe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Excellent. Does what it is supposed to do. Light enough that I take it with me for Splitboard mtnering trips and don't worry about the weight. Get the covers so you don't have to worry about that while riding or bringing around.

5 5

Great Mountaineering Axe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Black Diamond continues to deliver with a simple design that is easy to use, durable with no frills and reasonably priced. This is a great axe for general mountaineering that isn't too vertical and will take a beating.

4 5

Great axe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This axe is simple, light, and comfortable on the hands. It is a great axe for general mountaineering and glacier travel. I chose the green color, because it is easier for me to spot after I set it down.

Being new to the Ice Axe game, how should...

Being new to the Ice Axe game, how should I size?

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All depends on your height and intended purpose. Generally, when you hold the axe by the head, the point should be around your ankle. for myself at 6'2", I have this at 60cm. Could be longer for simple glacier travel. The steeper you're going to travel the shorter you can get. In my opinion.

Your Best Friend!

Your Best Friend!

This is a very basic mountaineering ice axe. Anytime I get into steep or scarier terrain it lives on my pack. I could have grabbed that rock with my hand but, it was way more fun to hook it with the axe.

4 5

Essential steep snow tool

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tool is great if you plan on spending your time ascending steep snow routes or occasionally encounter some slab ice. If I could do it again I would forgo the Raven and go straight to the Venom. Venom is much more versatile, granted more expensive. No issues after a few seasons.

5 5

It works.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Everything you need in an axe, nothing you don't. For the price, you can't really beat the Raven. But, what you lack in dollars, you pay in ounces. It's a bit heavier than some comparable axes.

Comfortable in the hand in both grips - pick forward and adze forward - and the adze is substantial enough to cut nice steps. The Raven is just about the perfect balance of price and function.

5 5

Sweet and Simple

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I typically use another company for my mountaineering gear needs, but I decided to step out and see if the Raven was everything I had heard it to be. Turns out it was quite a bit more. It is incredibly lightweight and there is also the Pro option if you want to reduce weight further. It has a basic design for a mountaineering tool, but simple is good, especially as I gave this to a beginner. It is also nice that Black Diamond offers very small and very large sizes as sometimes that kind be hard to find for axes. Overall the weight, design, and price are about as good as it gets for a tool like this, definitely a good option to consider.

5 5

Great Axe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light, strong, several lengths. I've used it for general mountaineering. Also used one to break ice off culverts looking for IEDs in Afghanistan. Doesn't weigh you down and the adze works great for chopping.

Great Axe