Still the best looking ice axe on the market! Fortunately looks aren't everything and this tool has the performance to back up its perfect form.
The shaft has been re-designed so that it has the greatest clearance of any axe in the Black Diamond stable; the new model is also around 15% lighter than its predecessor.
Beyond its obvious exotic appeal, the carbon fiber 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 fiber 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, as a tool 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. Comes equipped with Laser Pick removable Fang and Strike.
Usage: Vertical Ice Mixed & Alpine
Pick & Adze/Hammer: Modular
Shaft: Compound Bend High Clearance
- Leash Included: No
- Pick Rating: CEN-B certified
- Shaft Rating: CEN-T certified
- Material: Carbon fiber, Stainless steel, Chromoly steel
- Weight: Adze 617g, hammer 588g