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Venom Ice Axe

$149.95 USD


The ultimate hybrid axe for technical couloirs and rugged alpine terrain, the Venom bridges the gap between classic piolet and technical ice tool.
Item# BD412081000050_1
$149.95 USD

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The ultimate hybrid axe for technical couloirs and rugged alpine terrain, the Black Diamond Venom bridges the gap between classic piolet and technical ice tool. The curved upper shaft provides added clearance during technical ice and snow sections, while the traditional spike makes for smooth plunging on the uphill. The dual-density grip and included Lockdown Leash increase security when things get dicey.

  • Climbs steep couloirs, plunges and self arrests
  • Venom Hammer is equipped with a Tech Pick and the Venom Adze comes with the Classic Pick
  • Comfortable, dual-density molded grip
  • Lockdown Leash included
  • CEN-B certified

Tech Specs

Pick :   [Tech Pick] Chromoly steel
Head :   Stainless steel
Shaft :   Aluminum
Grip :   Dual-density
Weight With Leash :   [50 cm, Hammer] 528 g (1 lb 3 oz)

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  • - 2013 Best Buy


Rated 5 out of 5 by 3 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Hybrid Mountaineering Axe Very solid product. Use mainly for mountaineering and moderately steep ascents, just stay away from those vetical walls. Plunges well and rubberized grip does not catch or tear on hardened snow surfaces, which I was worried about prior to use. Definitely prefer the negative curved axe that comes standard to the hammer based option. I have both the adze and hammer axes now equipped with the negative curve picks and am very pleased with the final product. The lockdown leash is a nice gesture included with the product, but ultimately unnecessary unless ascending vertical walls, in which case you should be purchasing another axe if that is your main objective. As with any leash they get in the way very quickly. I am 5'11" and purchased the 50cm axes which fall about 2.5" above my ankle. I prefer the axe at this length for steeper slopes when plunging because I do not have to relieve the axe as far from the snow each time. Make sure to keep oiled when not in use. Best way to maintain longevity. Otherwise, as with most products from Black Diamond this is a fantastic cross-over. February 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect for alpine adventures The venom is the perfect pilolet for alpine adventures. It has all the advantages of a classic piolet (a wee bit heavier) and it is agressive enought to climb with it climbing. I did some Water Ice climibing with it and it is perfect to climb down and up any crevasses or terminal crevasses that block your path. My expedition partners have the same some when we arrive at an unexpected technical part, one of us takes the two tools and climb. The use of leashes helps a lot for technical climbing. November 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Unbeatable I have used these axes for several years having climbed [amongst several routes] the North Face of the Eiger , North Face of Peutry Blanche North Face of Doites North Face of Verte. Then I even lent the axe to my 14 year old daughter when she became the youngest person ever to make the traverse of Mt Blanc via the Tacul /Mt Maudit. Basically they are good for everything alpine. September 22, 2014
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