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Ericwrote a review of on December 26, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There's not much to say about this axe beyond the fact that it will get you across the mountains safely if you use it right. Grivel doesn't make junk, and you can take this anywhere.

The trouble is with the uncomfortable head, which makes you less likely to carry it in those times when you aren't quite sure if you need it or not. If you want a better axe, go with the barely more expensive Raven or the even better Raven Pro.

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Ericwrote a review of on December 26, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great axe. The Black Diamond ice axe head design is the best for comfortable carrying. Blows the Grivel G1 out of the water in that regard. Besides that, what more is there really to discuss? It's strong, it's sturdy, it gets the job done. Don't let anyone fool you - this is an expedition axe that you could take on K2 if you wanted.

Why four stars and not five? Because for twenty dollars more you can move from a great axe to an elite one. The Raven Pro is great in all the same ways as the Raven, but significantly lighter. Some prefer a heftier axe, but I say get used to the lighter feel and appreciate the long-term advantages of a lighter axe

You will find the Raven and Raven Pro anywhere you find mountaineers doing their thing. You can't go wrong with the Raven, but you can do better.

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Ericwrote a review of on December 26, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is nothing fancy about this helmet. The product description even says that this thing lacks bells and whistles.

It isn't heavy. It's not light, either, but I've never regretted bringing it along. It's not very comfortable, either. At least not for me. Definitely not warm. Luckily you can kill two birds with one stone by ordering the next size up and wearing a beanie underneath. There you go - comfort and warmth.

I'm in the market for a new helmet, and I considered buying Pro-Tec helmet number two. I'm looking elsewhere, but maybe I'm just getting older and wanting a fancier helmet.

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Ericwrote a review of on December 26, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This isn't a bad helmet. I'm sure it does what it's intended to do, and luckily I've never had to put that to the test. My complaint is how stinking huge this thing is. You will look and feel like a bobblehead.

On the plus side, it's highly adjustable. It's comfortable at first, but the ear covers start to hurt after a full day of skiing. Don't depend on the back adjustment to make up for an oversized helmet, though. If you're in-between sizes, I'd recommend you find another helmet.

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