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Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe

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    • Silver, 50cm
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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
    • Item #BLD0430

    Tech Specs

    Pick Material
    steel
    Shaft Material
    aluminum
    Claimed Weight
    (60cm) 13.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Solid classic axe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is my go to for a classic mountaineering axe. Very light, shaves a just few ounces off the regular BD Raven, but ounces make pounds and pounds make pain! If you really care about an additional extra couple of ounces, then the Raven Ultra may be for you to save a just bit more weight, but for me this hits a sweet spot that still feels solid in hand. Full steel pick gives extra confidence that an aluminum pick just does not.

    perfect!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is just the tool I need when snowboard mountaineering. Light, small enough to carry and pack, but still the perfect size to get the job done. I've used this to self arrest on ice before. Thanks for saving my butt BD!

    Excellent General Axe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    2 years in and this axe is still bulletproof. Black Diamond built the best general axe I've seen or used. Comfy hold, sticks well, and it's really light for being steel on top.

    Excellence deserves to be recognized, and this is the gold standard.

    Good general axe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this axe for basic ski mountaineering and so far have had no problems. I am 5’ 11” and bought the 65 cm length which I feel has been a good size. It is nice and light, and seems to be very durable, though I have only had to really use it a few times climbing up steep ice and snow fields. It is my first axe, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to, but I have not been disappointed or felt like there was anything else I needed. Overall I think this is a good value and would recommend it to my friends.

    Classic Axe for the Ski Mountaineer

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This has been my go-to axe for over three years. It's light, plunges well and is pretty minimalistic with its classic design. I love this axe. Since it's so light, I never hesitate to bring it with me on the climbs that I'm not certain if I'll need it or not. I have the 50cm length which is pretty versatile for steeper climbs. I'm 5'6''. I use this in conjunction with a BD whippet, which is obviously much more adjustable for flatter terrain. This is a pretty solid combo for anyone thinking about getting into ski mountaineering. The axe performs well enough on short, steeper ice and in variable situations however this is about as far as you can really push this thing. I love it for use where it's intended, steep snow and in some glacier travel where you may need to use it for belay and self-arrest. Great axe for the price too!

    Classic Axe for the Ski Mountaineer

    Great but not often used anymore

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a great axe for low angle climbing, and was great when I just started mountaineering, but I don't use it often anymore (in no way is this a problem with the axe itself). The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is because it's hard to get good sticks in ice (yes, it's a mountain axe, but it's harder than other mountain axes I've used), and feels more slick than many other options.

    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.

      Excellent

      • 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

      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...

      So light!

      • 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.

      BD Raven Pro

      • 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.

      Best Mountaineering Axe

        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.

        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.

          What Size Should I get?

          So for a versatile size, measure the distance between the tip of your middle finger while at your side and the malleolus of your ankle. This will provide the most versatile size for you.



          If you intend to be on steeper terrain mostly, then you can use a shorter axe, if you are going to be on more moderate flatter terrain then a longer axe will suit you better.



          You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or bporreca@backcountry.com

          what size would you recommend for ski mountaineering. I'm 6ft 3. the ultra only goes to 60cm

          JB,



          Sizing will depend on a few factors. There are two schools of thought for sizing axes:



          1- Size the axe according to your height

          2- Size the axe according to the intended terrain / objective



          For the Raven Ultra, you'd want the 60cm only if you intend to do steeper terrain.



          If you're not intending to do lots of technical / steep terrain then you could go with the Raven Pro but in a 70cm length.



          Shoot me an email if you have more quesitons or want to talk more indepth.



          Jared D.

          Expert Gearhead

          800.409.4502 ext 4055

          jdowns@backcountry.com

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

          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.

          Best Answer

          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.

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

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

          just wondering if the lack of rivets holding...

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

          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.

          hi, wondering about sizing. I'm 5'2" and...

          hi,
          wondering about sizing. I'm 5'2" and hoping to use the ax mostly for general mountaineering but also the occasional ski adventure. I know i would ideally get two different axes for these purposes, but i live in a ski town so money's tight... what would be the best compromise between a technical length for the ski descents and a longer length for more general mountaineering? Any input would be much appreciated!

          Just started mountaineering some glacial...

          Just started mountaineering some glacial routes on Colorado fourteeners and hear this is the axe I should buy... I'm 5'7--what size should i get?

          Best Answer

          Just based on your height, I'd say go for the 60cm. The correct way to measure though, is the distance from the tip of your middle finger to the ground when your arm is hanging at your side, straight down. Generally its easier to use an axe if you round down on the measurement. Hope this helps!

          I'm 6'2" and using this for general...

          I'm 6'2" and using this for general mountaineering - up to a 45 degree slope. Suggestions as to size?

          I just purchased the 65" length and I'm 6'2" as well. I was stuck between going 65" and 70" but decided why not go with the smaller, lighter, less cumbersome. I don't think I'll miss the 5". You pretty much always keep the thing ahead of you up hill as you ascend and descend... you're not using it to reach downhill certainly, so remember that. The stick idea (above) is helpful.

          Best Answer

          I'm 6'4" and generally use a 60 or 65 cm axe. I believe the advice to go from fingertips to floor is completely wrong. Abraham Lincoln was also wrong in this case. If your axe is long enough to reach the ground, it will be too long. If the slope is so steep that you need an axe, then a short axe will be plenty. If it's not that steep, you probably don't need the axe. Imagine climbing up a hard snow slope where the surface you are plunging the axe into is at waist level or higher. Now imaging dragging your 75 cm axe up over your head about 400,000 times. Arm tired yet? Go short - 60 or 65 max. (25 years experience on glaciers).

          I am getting into ski mountaineering and...

          I am getting into ski mountaineering and have heard that ski mountaineers use shorter ice axes than mountaineers. I'm 5'10" and measure 27 inches from finger tip to ground with ski boots on. What length do you recommend?

          Best Answer

          Correct length really depends on what you use it for, but you are correct that many ski mountaineers use shorter axes. I use mine for ski mountaineering and have a 50cm and I'm 6'2". It's definitely short, but I'm very happy with it and it works very well for me. There are reasons for this:

          1) In ski mountaineering, you're generally only using the axe on the steepest terrain, pitches you can't skin. For steep pitches you can get away with a short shaft. On most terrain, however, you're skinning and even if not you've got your poles. Poles are much nicer for stability than the shaft of an ice axe. In general mountaineering you don't necessarily have poles, so instead you use the shaft of your ice axe. For self arrest a long shaft isn't necessary.

          2) Since you don't often use your ice axe and when you do you don't need a long shaft, lighter weight is nice. A shorter ice axe will be significantly lighter, which is nice when the thing is sitting on your pack all day. Lighter ice axes are also a bonus in that you'll be more likely to take it with you even if you don't expect to use it. That extra preparedness has made me happy more than a few times.

          I am looking at getting into mountaineering...

          I am looking at getting into mountaineering and dont know what I should look for in an ice. Do you have any pointers or tips?

          Best Answer

          Get a straight axe for your first one. Curved axes are for more technical mountaineering. Length is very much a personal preference and is based on your height - I'd suggest a 60cm to 70cm for your first axe, depending on how tall you are. I'm 6' even, and I use a 65cm axe.

          A comfortable grip is my #1 priority. You're going to be holding onto an axe for a long time, so get something that fits nice in your hand. These BD axes are great. I've got the regular Raven, and it's nice and comfy. #2 is weight - hogging a heavy axe sucks. On the same token, an axe that is too light doesn't really give me much confidence if in a situation where I have to self-arrest or belay off it.