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If you have an axe to grind when it comes to weight, the Raven Pro is for you.

The Raven Pro Ice Axe is the lightest, full-service piolet available, period. It has a super clean and simple design for the high-end user who refuses to sacrifice performance for less weight. The sleek and ergonomic head provides a sure grip and all-day comfort—this also makes for a fast, smooth hand rotation when going into self-arrest. Boot-axe belays are a snap too. The classically curved adze blasts ice, chops steps, and clears snow quickly and easily. Not just for the climber, the Raven Pro is a ski/snowboard-mountaineer's dream as well. At 11 ounces, you may think you forgot to bring it with you.
  • Durable 7075-T6 aluminum shaft, 17-4 investment cast stainless steel head and spike
  • Classic design ideal for all mountaineering situation
  • Flat head for a more comfortable hand rest

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This axe isn't just for climbing

This axe isn't just for climbing

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I used my Raven Pro to chip a mound of ice away from the front door of our mountain house. Had a large melt/freeze/melt pile of ice blocking the front door and the Raven Pro made quick work of it.

5 5

Super light and sharp as a razor

This is my first ice axe and I was pleasantly surprised by just how light it is. I have no plans to climb with it (just plan to use it for self arrest and to chop foot holds on snow slopes while hiking) but I was impressed by how easily the axe would enter and securely grip in solid ice. This will be a standard item in my pack for hiking in Glacier NP until mid August each year when the snow finally retreats from the highest trails.

5 5

Excellent

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

Super lightweight, hardly noticeable at all on your backpack and doesn't tire your arm while walking with it. Had the displeasure to have to use it for a self-arrest and I can safely say I wouldn't be writing this review had I not had it with me. Excellent tool, great quality, it won't disappoint.

Excellent
3 5

I question the need for this to exist

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

The Raven Pro is only 2.5 oz lighter than the Raven for the same length. Its not noticeably stronger, nor does it hold an edge better. It is shiny though. If you have the money to spend an extra 25% on all your gear to save a couple ounces then go for it. Otherwise it makes no sense. The regular Raven will do just fine for 95% of people's purposes. Drink a few less beers the night before hitting the mountain and you will save that weight without costing you anything. Most mountaineers have adequate grip strength to carry an extra 2.5 oz in their hands all day. Its 2.5 ounces...

Good axe!

Good axe!

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A little heavy at the price point, but indestructible!

5 5

Awesome axe

  • Gender: Male

Great lightweight general mountaineering axe. I'm 6'0 and went with the 70cm and it's perfect for me.

Awesome axe

I'm 6'5 and would be using this thing more...

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I'm 6'5 and would be using this thing more like a walking stick on some long hauls. Feel like I'd need it more on the steeper terrain but not ice climbing. Distance from my knuckles to my ankle is 72cm. Should I go with a 70cm or a 75cm? Any advice would be appreciated.

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Hey Scott,

The 70cm is the better choice because the shorter swing/plant requires less energy, and even that 2cm difference seems to just feel a whole lot better. Definitely not for ice climbing at all- steeps and glacier travel, yes, just not vertical ice. The proper measurement is from your finger tips as your arms hang at your sides to the floor.

5 5

So light!

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

I couldn't believe how light this thing is.
I didn't think there was any way the head and spike are steel, but they are!
I just wish the biner hole in the head was a tiny bit bigger. I also wish it came with the spike/pick/adze caps instead of having to buy them separately.

Other than the weight, what is the difference...

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Other than the weight, what is the difference between the Raven Pro and Ultra? Can they both be used for the same purposes?

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There isn't much besides the weight. The pick end is shaped differently to reduce weight. Only if you're counting grams would you need the ultra

3 5

BD Raven Pro

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Comfortable to hold onto. Lighter than most of the other full on mountaineering axes available. Can pound in a picket without destroying the axe. Most at home on long snow walks and glacier walks. Mine has seen lots of action on the standard routes up the PNW volcanos. Get a long one so you can use it like a pole. I got rid of the leash on day 1. The axe attaches well to all my packs with various systems. The top can be sharpened if you bash up a little too much rock. Buy it if you like walking on glaciers and don't expect to hit much vertical ice.

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Why did you only give it 3 stars? Your review seems like a 5 star review.

5 5

Best Mountaineering Axe

  • Gender: Male

For my purposes of general mountaineering with or without crampons, this thing is more than enough. It's lightweight, chops pretty well, and is a good anchor. The Raven looks beautiful too. Most importantly, it's comfortable to hold.

I'm 6'1, 165 lbs and I have the 70 cm version. The 75 cm version would also do just fine.

5 5

The perfect simplicity

Probably the best do-it-all ultralight ice axe.

It's great for self-arresting, improvising snow anchors and boot-axe belays due to it's direct shaft.
Take it for just-in-case snow/icy approaches - it's light and won't pull you down.
Climb a steep snow - it easily handles really steep snow slopes (depending on your skills for sure).
Climb an alpine ice - paired with an ice tool (e.g. Petzl Sum'Tec 43) it brings you up (again, it depends on your skills and do not oversize it - longer the shaft, harder to climb steep and/or icy slope).
Adze is good for cleaning snow and chopping steps.

Perfect.

4 5

Nice and light

Just picked this up for a ski mountaineering clinic. It was nice and light to carry around and worked well during crevasse rescue, self arrest and general training on the glacier/ in the mountains

just wondering if the lack of rivets holding...

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just wondering if the lack of rivets holding the head/adaze to the shaft has bothered anyone?

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No. Out of all the ice axes (not tools) and piolets out there they are probably 50/50 when it comes to rivets in the head. Some have them and some don't. For a piolet (non aggressive tool) you don't really need them. You see rivets on tools like this when the shaft is bent, leading to a more aggressive tool used for vertical-ish ice. Make sense? Hope this helps.

5 5

Does it all and weighs less

What more can you ask for? does everything that I've ever wanted it to and weighs less than my friends BD Raven. Very durable just like everything else I have from Black Diamond.

4 5

She beast replacement

I had one for a few years it was a great . Coming down a mountain last year a she beast ran into me and tried dragging me down a hill ! after helping up
the large she beast and returning to the trial I found out she snagged my axe! So she freak or beast I am having to buy a new axe to replace the one you tore out of my pack after I almost ran over your huge clumsy a** .

5 5

Rock solid axe

Love this axe. Keeping in mind it's my first... it's lightweight enough that I'll be inclined to take it just about everywhere, yet rugged enough to keep me from sailing down the mountain. Would buy again in a heartbeat.

4 5

Essential piece of gear

You need it for moderate/steep snow climbs and other types of travel. Fairly light, but rugged and really helps on the steeper sections. I haven't used it for glissading or self-arrest, but confident in the piece of gear.

You need an ice axe for certain type of activities. Go with a proven company in Black Diamond and a product that tons of people have.

5 5

Great Ice Axe

Make sure to add an ice axe protector and a leash.

5 5

Great axe

I've used this with MicroSpikes solo hiking the snowier/icier sections of the early-season PCT in southern California and with crampons in a wee bit of mountaineering here in BC. I'm 5'10" and got the 70cm because that's what they're now recommending for everyone in the latest edition of Mountaineering: the Freedom of the Hills. This is just one of the best tools of any sort I've ever used; it does what it's supposed to, over and over and over again: no drama. I moved here from back east where you don't need this sort of equipment, and it's been a real confidence booster on the knottier terrain out here.

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