Take on steeper terrain with the Raven.
- Slider leash included
- Classic design ideal for any mountaineering situation
- Flat head provides a comfortable hand rest
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I used this axe for some steep snow, and very very easy mixed climbing up some coulior's. nice and light!
I enjoy using this axe for winter hikes. I have no real complaints about it. Like all Black Diamond gear, its all reliable.
I have the 65.Great feel and very reliable axe. Great in cane and grip is comfy, not that that matters cus you ll more likely have gloves on. Only reason gave it 4 stars is because Black Dimond makes lighter axes. It is a bit heavy. but very very good axe for under 100 bucks
Excellent product. Value for money. I used this ice axe on my Mt. Elbrus climb in July 2010. While Elbrus does not really require ice axe skills, I used this since I went with one ski pole and an ice axe. I found this combo quite effective and was able to use the axe quite efficiently. Great balance and well designed/made product. Highly recommend this.
i had my last axe stolen and trying to save some money i had to buy low cost axe ,the raven with grip is good for me ,i climb to 4350 metres in tien shan mountains kazak on fairly steep snow and rocky scree ridges,it has good weight balance,grips stays in my hand ,not down the hill and pick cuts steps very well,for self arrest i used it once and stopped me dead solid before going over the cliff,if u looking for a more technical axe go for the more expensive models but if u need general axe for hikking and a little light alpine climbing ,this works i am damn happy with this axe.
Is the rubber grip removable? I like the leash and the added grip for cutting, but I imagine it's a pain for shallow probes.
No, that's not really removable; but is actually very low profile. Doesn't really get hung up that much when probing.
You could maybe cut it off, but the axe shaft is recessed under the grip. I'd think this would be more of a pain than the grip would ever be.
Ohhh, almost forgot... Or just go with the Ravin (no-grip) and add a leash.
Write your question here... i am a adult male 6 ft tall what should ideal length of ice axe be for my size?
It really depends on your ratio of torso to legs. I'm 6'4 and the 70 cm works great for me and I'd guess you'd be fine at 65 cm. Generally, measure from the tip of your middle finger when its extended at your side to the ground and thats the length you should shoot for! I'd probably go shorter if you're in between sizes too - less weight and easier to plunge over and over and over again.
Your intent with the axe is also a factor. If you'll be skiing / boarding, be aware that shorter axes are generally better suited for your uses. You want something on the shorter side that's easier to swing on the steeps where you'll be relying on it, and also won't stick too far up past your pack to get snagged up while riding / skiing. 50 - 65 should be fine, depending on height.
the sizes for the axe is that campaired with hight of the user... how does the sizing work
A general rule of thumb is to stand up straight, relax your arms at your sides and measure form the tip of your middle finger to the ground. I'd round down to the nearest 5 cm increment. This will of course vary depending on what you're climbing. Steeper you usually go shorter. For reference, I'm 6'4 and use a 70cm axe.
No, this is wrong. A 6'4" guy using that measurement would have about an 80cm axe which is HUGE.
The length of the axe is primarily based on what you are climbing and secondarily your height.
I'm 5'10 and use a 60cm combined with a single ski pole for lower angled slopes.
Just remember an ice axe is not a walking stick and should not be sized as such. I'd rent one on your first couple outing to get an idea what works best for you.
Recommended sizing guidelines are: 55 and shorter use a 55cm axe;
56 to 59 use a 60cm axe; 59-61 use a 65cm axe; over 61 use a
This is a solid axe for trekking and for some reasonable mountaineering as well. It's sturdy as all get out, and though I've never had to use the grip in a self-arrest situation, it is pretty nice if you have to start swinging the axe, as is the leash. They both save some juice on those long pitches of rime. That said, as a tool rather than an axe, it leaves something to be desired, but for most cascade routes, combining one of these with a BD Venom hammer will do you right. The only real downside is that its a few ounces heavier than some other axes, and while it's not that much alone, these things do add up.
I love my Black Diamond Raven. I've used it for glacier travel in the Cascades as well as winter mountaineering in the White Mountains and the Catskills. Strong, lightweight, and comfortable -- I look forward to many more trips with this tool. Check out the axe and pick protectors from Black Diamond to keep your axe from shredding your belay jacket when packed in your luggage...
I purchased the Black Diamond Raven Ice Ax for my advendtures in the backcountry of Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho. I purchased the 75cm ice ax and I have to say for the length, it is very light weight and has a very comfortable balance when swinging into the ice. Great product and I would reccomend this ax to anyone.