Rated 5 out of 5 by 4
Rated 5 out of 5 by Doug Simply the best
The best. The gold standard. Unbeatable. I've climbed tens of thousands of feet with my set of Cobras: water ice to big alpine routes in the Karakorum. Really, they are the best at just about everything. You could buy a specialized tool for drytooling or mixed, but for an all around tool that's strong, light, beautifully crafted and a reliable workhorse, this is it. Really.
June 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by WillG Cobras
Carbon. Mmmmmm.... Nothing absorbs vibration, is as "smooth," and all-around bomber strong as Carbon cobras. I put hundreds of high-abuse pitches on mine every year, ranging from WI easy to WI really hard spray and mixed routes, and never even think about these tools, they just work. I've climbed M11 on 'em, alpine routes, just the best all-around technical tool going.
In picked-out warm ice any tool will work OK, but get on something with fresh ice up high in the mountains and advantages of having the best possible tool are apparent really fast.
Note--I am biased as I worked on the design of these tools, but I helped make them so they work well! Will Gadd
May 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by mreverest Carbon Fiber Cobra
From the onset, the Cobra with it's futuristic design and elegant construction has been a game changer in ice climbing. The leashless ergonomics are also superb and render it probably the best all around
steep ice and alpine climbing tool.
May 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Johnboy Not THORS hammer
After climbing for years with a number of aluminum shaft tools I upgraded to the Cobra and immediately noticed the difference between carbon fiber. The Cobra Ice tool has that distinct impact feel with leash less functionality and extra clearance. Its not for hammering pitons, but would work, but a great Technical tool
May 20, 2013