The Black Diamond Cobra is the best looking ice axe on the market with performance features that back up its perfect form.
Re-designed, the new Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool is around 15% lighter than its predecessor, and the shaft has been re-worked so that it has the greatest clearance of any axe in the Black Diamond range. Beyond its obvious exotic appeal, the carbon fibre used in the shaft of the Cobra has several benefits over standard alloy. The foremost is in its greater dampening properties, whereby vibration is reduced and the number of first time sticks is increased. Its tremendous lightness reduces the weight in the shaft making for a superbly well balanced tool with a great swing. Carbon fibre is also a better insulator than alloy meaning less heat is lost down the shaft when holding either end of the tool - keeping your hands warmer for longer.
Although this tool may simply be too good looking (not to mention expensive!) for gnarly Scottish torquing, for hard ice and alpine routes it is still the creme de la creme. The optional integrated Android Leash can be added for hard ice climbing but it comes equipped with Laser Pick removable Fang and Strike.