Rated 5 out of 5 by Chris Excellent
These are the best tools that I have used for ice and rock. I have been using mine now for 3 years and they still perform great.
January 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Mathew Love it!
Love the grip, the swing, the stick, the removal. No frills tool that gets it done! Despite being carbon, my personal experience and that of others supports its bomber durability. Great all around tool that can get you up ice, mixed, and alpine with style. Capable dry-tooling as well.
January 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Christine Excellent
These tools have such a great feel to them. They're lightweight, and the swing is easy. I love them!
December 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Justin Awesomeness
These ice tools are great, I've been using them for a season and climbed solid WI3+ with them from -10 to summer glacier climbing. They stick with the first flick and are solid. The carbon fiber soaks up the vibrations and every stick is bomber. They do feel a little on the heavy side, but having so little vibration from use more than makes up for this on multi-pitch climbs. Highly recommend giving them a go.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dave COBRA ICE TOOL
After 7 Seasons with the Cobras, I still have not come across another tool that performs as well for me. Great balance, weight, security and precision in all terrain, This is the only set of tools I need.
March 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andrew Everything You Think They Are
I've put a solid season on my Cobras on both ice and rock and have not regretted the purchase. They are more expensive than other tools, but the price is well worth it. These tools are so light and comfortable that I find myself picking them up in the house all the time. They are light but heavy enough to achieve excellent swings and sticks. You'll thank yourself on that 100ft WI4 when your arms are not as tired. The dampening of the carbon is great, especially compared to a tool like the Viper or Fusion. I've beat the tool to death testing ice, scratched and wrenched the shaft locking into cracks, and besides minor blemishes the tool has held up like a champ. I'm really not sure how you could improve an all-around tool like this one. I've also found that the grip seems stickier than others I have tried. Changing picks in the field is also a breeze. Bottom line - BD has created an amazing tool for a variety of climbs.
February 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Regis WOW!
I was still rocking an old pair of metal axes and using friend's different ones for a pitch to try different options. Tried renting a set of the cobras and saw a huge difference with all the other models! Weight of course but also precision and how secure they feel on placements! Bought a pair! Had only one concern towards Dry-tooling/mixed climbing with them... for straight up and ledges and vertical cracks and corners they are awesome but i had this route in mind which you have to stick your tool all the way in a horizontal crack till only the handle sticks out and use that as a chin up bar to cross from one fall to an overhanging ice curtain... carbon fibre is strong!!!! I was surprised as I crossed over matching hands on one to remove and replace the second, no bending, no cracking, apart from some aesthetic scratches on the shaft the tool held strong and in place with an awesome grip and great space for two hands!!! My doubts are now gone and i am trilled to take these puppies on some high alpine routes next!!! Lets see how far i can push them!
February 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Josh Worth the Upgrade from the Vipers
I have both the Cobras and Viper ice tools now. I originally thought the Cobras would be identical to the Vipers except the carbon fiber shafts. They ARE very similar, but there are some key differences.
Shape: The Cobra shafts offer a tad more clearance, making it just a little easier to get over bulges. The grip on the Cobra is just a little different than the one on the Viper, shaped just a little different and is a bit more grippy.
Weight: The Cobra's are lighter and in my opinion feel more balanced when swinging.
Carbon Fiber: The Cobra shaft doesn't freeze my hands as bad as the aluminum Viper when directly gripping the shaft. The vibration dampening of the carbon fiber is also noticeable, it feels smoother and less fatiguing.
Downsides: I can't believe how expensive the Cobras are! Although they are super durable, I feel like I am a little more careful with the carbon fiber and don't let it bash on rock as much as the Vipers when mixed climbing
Overall: The Cobra and the Viper are almost identical. To me, the Cobras seem like an upgraded version. If price is a major factor in your product selection, then you can't go wrong with the Viper. If you can afford it and you want the very best, the Cobra is it.
December 19, 2013