Rated 5 out of 5 by 3
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brendyn 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 Alexandre 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 Mark 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