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Venom Ice Axe



  • Venom Ice Axe
  • Venom Ice Axe
  • Venom Ice Axe


The ultimate hybrid axe for technical couloirs and rugged alpine terrain, the Venom bridges the gap between classic piolet and technical ice tool.
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The ultimate hybrid axe for technical couloirs and rugged alpine terrain, the Venom bridges the gap between classic piolet and technical ice tool. Learn More


    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)


    • - 2013 Best Buy


    Rated 5 out of 5 by 7 reviewers.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by An Essential Part of My Quiver I've owned a lot of axes over the years. I bought a pair of these for several reasons: 1. They're light and also functional enough for big mountain expeditioneering where i anticipate a bit of serious technical ice climbing and lots of glacier travel and steep snow, rock and ice climbing. 2. I can take novices out for 'a bit of the old thrash and dangle' and they can use these axes on steep ice without having to struggle with heavier axes. These axes are an essential part of my ice axe quiver. January 14, 2016
    Rated 5 out of 5 by A reliable piece of gear If you are looking for a technical piolet then look no further. I have used the Venom on hard class 4 climbs as well as on routes when I am instructing, and it has yet to fail me in any way. The bent shaft makes for a more effective alpine crawl, and with 2 you can climb wI 2-3, all while not changing the piolet's great plunge characteristics. So bottom line, if you are looking for a more aggressive piolet, I would recommend the Venom. August 16, 2015
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect for its intended terrain On steep snow and semi technical to technical couloir climbing these axes excel. I have been using them for ski / splitboard mountaineering and have found one or both versions of these in my pack are great to have around in rugged terrain. Especially appreciate the handle grip and the ability to replace the picks, which is well worth the investment. April 22, 2015
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Trustworthy! The slightly curved head allows for more solid placements on ice than a traditional piolet. Those solid placements, in turn, provide me with more confidence. I found the Venom to be slightly heavier but that extra weight allows it to sink into the ice with one swing. It plunges well on steep snow too! Like one of the other reviewers, I took the leash off as soon as I got it and would only use it with leash if climbing much steeper ice. I have used it on long snow gullies and have used it to climb short sections of WI2 ice. Excellent product, I highly recommend it! April 21, 2015
    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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