Rated 5 out of 5 by 9
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ian Great all-rounder
Just getting into mountaineering, this was my axe of choice due to the quality / weight / price spectrum. I've used and abused this thing on rock, snow and ice, and it has never let me down. The more banged up they get, the better they look! Except for the chipped adze end when someone used my axe to pound in a snow stake... But that's not BD's issue.
You'll have nothing to regret with this axe!
July 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Julien Worth It
Solid Axe. Axes last a long time so it's worth it to get the right one and spend a little more for the lighter weight.
July 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Jim perfect for snow climbing, glacier travel, and light mountaineering
A mountaineering axe is not a piece of gear that needs to be replaced frequently, if ever. But as a seasoned (i.e. graying) outdoor instructor looking to shed weight from my pack, I chose the Raven Pro to replace the axe that had taken me to many high places on three continents over a span of decades.
It's hard parting with an old friend. But after looking at every model on the market, I'm delighted to make a new friend: my Raven Pro. Onward and upward my friend!
May 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Adam D Beautifully constructed tool.
Black diamond got it right with a perfect strength to weight ratio. This is the lightest axe I've used and never have I been concerned about strength. This is a solid tool that I will recommend to anyone who asks.
December 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robert Great Axe!
I like this axe a lot! Light and Sharp. I am 6'3" and have the 75. It is a good length for when I need it, on inclines. Nicely done!
August 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kevin The perfect mountain tool
This thing is so light I often bring it even when I think a whippet alone will suffice. It also assume it is super strong too as I used a very similar previous version for many years and much abuse without ever feeling it wasn't capable of arresting a fall if arrest was possible. Basically, I always trust that this thing will not break. This cannot be said for some other axes I have used.
Super light. I own the 55cm one only because the 50cm was sold out. I use it mostly as a ski mountaineering tool but also use it on rock approaches in the spring. Phenomenal axe. Light, strong, short and is perfect for my needs!
July 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Marcus Tough as nails.
Very tough and useful piece of equipment. I use it mostly for backcountry touring. Handy for getting up and across a snow field, hacking out ice/snow in camp and when getting down a particularly steep slope.
Very light so doesn't weigh down the pack or arms.
November 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LibeckiTheTimeisNow Light, Bomber, Versatile
I have taken these all over the world, love how light, versatile, and bomber they are.
Another no brainer for the quiver of sweet tools for adventure.
June 24, 2013