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    Saves you precious seconds when they count the most

    The Black Diamond Ice Clipper is a simple and light way to rack ice screws. The Ice Clipper will attach to nearly any harness out there and hold a half-dozen screws. They also stay in place, which makes racking easy. Ice Clippers are also great for holstering tools when you want them out of your hands.
    • Item #BLD0801

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    Worth the Price

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    They do what they're supposed to, but could be better.
    Pros: Easy to put on harness, quick action for screws and probably most tools.
    Cons: Can move around a lot as the rubber strap they include to afix the clipper to your harness is pretty janky. Also, placing two tools is asking a lot for one clipper.

    I recommend only putting tools on the clipper if you are vertical. Approaches and Class 2 stuff can be dangerous as the shaft can trip you up if they dangle near your knees/ankles.

    Makes life easier

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I used this style of clipper on a resent ice climbing trip to New Hampshire. This clipper made ice screw access very simple while on lead and I had no issues with it. I had heard it breaks when it’s cold but we climbed for a full week in single digit temps and it held up just fine on scrappy mixed routes. I also had a petzl clipper and despite it being slightly bigger I felt no advantage. If you order 2 it allows you to have gear available on both sides of your harness

    Makes life easier

    Met Expectations

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Simple, light, and seemingly pretty durable. There are defiantly some beefier options but they are significantly more expensive. This gets the job done and is WAY better than just using a regular carabiner to hold screws and tools.

    brake with very litle force

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    A lot of times the wire of the gate gets out of its place an you drop your ice screws.

    And now with very litle force they broke...

    it's almost like they are made to fail...(so you 'll lose your ice screws and buy more...)

    brake with very litle force

    This happened to me when lowering into a climb, sending one of my ice tools flying into the river below.
    (Luckily, with the help of a strong magnet attached to a string, I went "fishing" for my tool and found it!)

    Does it´s job... but could be better

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    So Works really well until the small plastic pin inside the carabiner breaks.
    As well it´s small design dose not fit much gear and makes it a bit difficult to manage with a lot on your rack.
    I would recommend the Petzl Caritool instead...

    Great clip

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are great for screws or even your ax. I didnt like how they slipped off of my harness so I put a drop of super glue between the clip and glued it onto thte fabric of the harness. Been using it hard for about a year and it hasnt come off yet.

    Good, but petzl's are better

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are good for racking screws (and I also find them useful for stashing stuff on rock climbs when I'm reorganizing at a belay, or just don't want something to fly away), but the petzl design feels way more stable and doesn't twist/move as much on the harness.

    Best use isn't for ice climbing

      I have had friends who have had these break due to cold - Petzl's product and Omega Pacific 5-0 'biners work better for racking screws and tools. BUT these gizmos are GREAT for hanging on walls! The gate action and depth of the gate can't be beat for clipping your reusable shopping bags, backpacks, etc. to a wall. Had I not gotten one for free, I would have never found out how good they are. So go organize your gear closet and your kitchen with some style!

      Great idea, poor execution.

        The BD ice clipper is a good idea, but there are so many design flaws that I can't recommend it to anyone. Especially not when Petzl makes the caritool which performs much better.

        1. Racks 4 - 6 screws or your tools
        2. keeps things organized and in place

        1. They spin around through the sleeves on your harness (I've experienced this with the BD Blizzard and arc'teryx x350a) whenever you put some weight on them
        2. the spike at the top is not big enough to securely hold screws while you're trying to access the third screw on your clipper
        3. it should be deeper so that you can get more screws/tools on each clipper

        I do not recommend this product to my friends. Instead I recommend the Petzl Caritool which does the same job much better.

        Awesome Clipper!

          These are really nice however they would work really well with the integrated ice clipper loops they have on some ice climbing harnesses. I am just using a sport harness and the little rubberized keeper strap and that does not work so well. Good product. Best if you have an ice harness to integrate them with.

          The greatest

            I love these things. It's a little frustrating getting them firmly AND comfortably attached to a regular harness so I ended up dropping the money on BD's Blizzard climbing harness that has the built-in ice clipper loops. Now, I have zero complaints. I wouldn't use Grivel 360 screws as it is extremely hard to rack and unrack them, but with Turbo Express and Express screws, unracking gear is effortless.

            BD Ice Clipper

              The ice clipper is a nice addition and it makes racking screws easy. Screws can be removed with one hand by twisting them to open the gate (kind of like your worst nightmare when sport climbing). The only thing that I dont like about it is that I dont think it will hold that many screws. Only a few will fit before they start to get in the way of each other. I usually rack a few on this and a few in the gear loops. You can only really fit one per each side of your harness, so unless you place pro with both hands, you only need and will use one.

              Pretty Slick

                This little guy is pretty slick when it comes to getting your gear racked the way you want. I really like the rest on the top that allows you to flip a screw up and rest it while you grab the length you need below it.


                  Get a pair. Nothing better for most screws. Easy to clip in, and easy to unclip a screw, one-handed even with frozen fingers. Also remember you can flip up your top-racked screws and get to the 3rd or 4th down while all screws are still racked. That's what the little lip at the top is for. Move your shorty up and away and get to your 16s or longer.