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Our fastest placing ice screws with advanced tooth geometry and complete stainless steel construction, Express Ice Screws feature large, color-coded crank knobs for incredibly fast placements. READ MORE
Item# BD4902100000ALL1



Buy 4 or more ice screws, Express or turbo, receive a 10% discount!

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Our fastest placing ice screws with advanced tooth geometry and complete stainless steel construction, Express Ice Screws feature large, color-coded crank knobs for incredibly fast placements. Learn More


The easiest and fastest placing ice screws on the planet, the Black Diamond Express Ice Screw features a tapered tube where the teeth cut a hole just larger than the tube itself, for less friction during placements. A large, color-coded crank knob makes for easy size identification and uninterrupted 360-degree motion. Buy six or more screws, receive 10% off!

  • Advanced tooth geometry for easier starting and faster placement
  • Larger crank knobs with uninterrupted 360° motion
  • Stainless steel hangers with two clip points
  • Available in five lengths, color-coded for quick indexing
  • CE certified, patented

Tech Specs

Weight :  
[10 cm] 118 g (4.16 oz)
[13 cm] 134 g (4.7 oz)
[16 cm] 145 g (5.1 oz)
[19 cm] 159 g (5.6 oz)
[22 cm] 168 g (5.9 oz)
Strength :   10 kN (2248 lbf)
Materials :  
[Screw] chromoly
[Hanger] stainless steel


  • - People's Choice Gear Award

  • Rock and Ice Magazine - Best In Gear Award 2009


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Express Ice Screw is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 34.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Express Crews are Amazing!!!! The screws are great and I don't have a single complaint. They are the best innovation to modern day ice climbing and they are a life saver literally. I have 11 screws and plan to order a few more, I currently have 22, 19, 16, 13, and a 10. I know they work because I had a buddy take a 30 foot fall on a 16 and it held solid and I've taken a 20 foot on a 13 with no issues. Make sure you research how to use them or take a class because 90% of the reason they work is knowing how to place them correctly. The handle on them is a life saver and makes placement so fast and effortless compared to the turbo and it's well worth the extra money to get these screws. Good luck to all looking to buy and Climb On!!!
Date published: 2013-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a good screw! My AMGA guide introduced me to these while learning to ice climb in Hyalite. I lead WI4 and this is the only screw that I have. I won't be buying any other screws anytime soon and will replace my current pieces with BD when the time comes. I like the bite and ease of setting. Super smooth insertion/progress, once started. Folding handle is awesome. Rack well. I've driven these right into rocks and frozen dirt on the back side of the falls. The screws had a more difficult time biting into the ice...but that's my fault. The screws still worked and just needed some quick attention in the garage when I got back. Plenty of people have more experience, but I love the product and price. And Black Diamond.
Date published: 2015-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best screw out there! The express screw is super easy to place. Never have problems getting them to catch the ice when starting the placement! The color coding on the cranks make it quick to identify the correct length screw I need. The cranks allow you to sink the screw all the way to the hanger in seconds. The fold away crank helps prevent snags when racking. Great product that takes the stress out of ice protection.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BD Express Why are BD Express screws the best? 1. Agressive tooth profile ease starting. 2. Speed dial for fast placement. 3. Very smooth finish makes placing in hard ice and cleaning the core easier. 4. Multiple clipping holes. 5. Narrow gauge hanger makes for efficient racking on your harness (I easily carry 6-7 BD express per ice clipper.)
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A staple to the ice climber's quiver The express screws bite quickly and go in easy. The trigger allows for fast and comfortable placing. I hanger is thin which makes racking screws on ice clippers very streamlined. My favorite part of the express screw is that it has two holes on the hangar. This makes anchoring in and building your anchor simple and efficient.
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love These! I love everything about these screws: the sizes, ease in placing, the convenience of the handles, the ease in cleaning, and how they nest on my rack (facing toward the back). I've not used any other screws, so I can't offer a comparison. But once I had my first Express, I had to complete the rack. Easy to sharpen, as well.
Date published: 2014-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only Screw I use! BD express ice screws grab quickly when starting a placement. They cut like lasers making placing gear a snap. I think that this is what I like about them most. There is never a doubt in my mind about being able to get a screw placed before the dreaded pump sets in. Two holes comes in handy at anchors. Buy them.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is there really any other screw than the Express? Having used the express screws reliably for years now, I can say that I would never use another screw. They are so easy to place and clear why would you use anything else? I sharpen the teeth once or twice a season and I'm good to go. It's nice to know that you can place these screws fast when you're on lead.
Date published: 2013-11-12
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