Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe
Black DiamondRaven Pro Ice Axe

If you have an axe to grind when it comes to weight, the Raven Pro is for you.

The Raven Pro Ice Axe is the lightest, full-service piolet available, period. It has a super clean and simple design for the high-end user who refuses to sacrifice performance for less weight. The sleek and ergonomic head provides a sure grip and all-day comfort—this also makes for a fast, smooth hand rotation when going into self-arrest. Boot-axe belays are a snap too. The classically curved adze blasts ice, chops steps, and clears snow quickly and easily. Not just for the climber, the Raven Pro is a ski/snowboard-mountaineer's dream as well. At 11 ounces, you may think you forgot to bring it with you.

  • Durable 7075-T6 aluminum shaft, 17-4 investment cast stainless steel head and spike
  • Classic design ideal for all mountaineering situation
  • Flat head for a more comfortable hand rest
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great Axe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing works as it should! Used it to climb/ski pfeifferhorn the other day...light and reliable. Im 5'7" and for ski mountaineering the 55cm was ideal.

Very nice.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used on Cascades Glaciers, then used it to pry a petrified tree trunk from it's 30mya bedding,

Light, strong, and efficient.

    Used this up in the Catskills. Was light on my pack strong under some slippery terrain. Highly recommended for entry level ice axe. I wasn't going to spend crazy money as I am a beginner. I found the quality there as well as value.

    Amazing quality

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This axe is amazing. Sweet and simple. Super light weight, strong. The Stainless Steel head is rounded at the top so it is much more forgiving on your hand over the long run. I will not buy another type of axe. BD quality is amazing.

    Great classic axe

    It's so light that you even don't feel it in your hands while walking. Axe bites and adze chops very well.

    Great classic axe

    Do you recommend a leash for it? I see you're not using one in the awesome picture there.

    I actually use an umbilical cord of BD that I use in my technical axes so I don't need one. Wrist leashes are slowing you down when you change hands while walking

    Solid classic axe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is my go to for a classic mountaineering axe. Very light, shaves a just few ounces off the regular BD Raven, but ounces make pounds and pounds make pain! If you really care about an additional extra couple of ounces, then the Raven Ultra may be for you to save a just bit more weight, but for me this hits a sweet spot that still feels solid in hand. Full steel pick gives extra confidence that an aluminum pick just does not.

    perfect!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is just the tool I need when snowboard mountaineering. Light, small enough to carry and pack, but still the perfect size to get the job done. I've used this to self arrest on ice before. Thanks for saving my butt BD!

    Simple and Perfect

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Put some foam and tape on the head to keep your hands warm. Light, durable and all-around good ice axe. Don't think I'll ever need another.

    Simple and Perfect

    Excellent General Axe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    2 years in and this axe is still bulletproof. Black Diamond built the best general axe I've seen or used. Comfy hold, sticks well, and it's really light for being steel on top.

    Excellence deserves to be recognized, and this is the gold standard.

    Good general axe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this axe for basic ski mountaineering and so far have had no problems. I am 5’ 11” and bought the 65 cm length which I feel has been a good size. It is nice and light, and seems to be very durable, though I have only had to really use it a few times climbing up steep ice and snow fields. It is my first axe, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to, but I have not been disappointed or felt like there was anything else I needed. Overall I think this is a good value and would recommend it to my friends.

    Classic Axe for the Ski Mountaineer

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This has been my go-to axe for over three years. It's light, plunges well and is pretty minimalistic with its classic design. I love this axe. Since it's so light, I never hesitate to bring it with me on the climbs that I'm not certain if I'll need it or not. I have the 50cm length which is pretty versatile for steeper climbs. I'm 5'6''. I use this in conjunction with a BD whippet, which is obviously much more adjustable for flatter terrain. This is a pretty solid combo for anyone thinking about getting into ski mountaineering. The axe performs well enough on short, steeper ice and in variable situations however this is about as far as you can really push this thing. I love it for use where it's intended, steep snow and in some glacier travel where you may need to use it for belay and self-arrest. Great axe for the price too!

    Classic Axe for the Ski Mountaineer

    What Size Should I get?

    So for a versatile size, measure the distance between the tip of your middle finger while at your side and the malleolus of your ankle. This will provide the most versatile size for you.



    If you intend to be on steeper terrain mostly, then you can use a shorter axe, if you are going to be on more moderate flatter terrain then a longer axe will suit you better.



    You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or bporreca@backcountry.com

    Great but not often used anymore

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a great axe for low angle climbing, and was great when I just started mountaineering, but I don't use it often anymore (in no way is this a problem with the axe itself). The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is because it's hard to get good sticks in ice (yes, it's a mountain axe, but it's harder than other mountain axes I've used), and feels more slick than many other options.

    what size would you recommend for ski mountaineering. I'm 6ft 3. the ultra only goes to 60cm

    JB,



    Sizing will depend on a few factors. There are two schools of thought for sizing axes:



    1- Size the axe according to your height

    2- Size the axe according to the intended terrain / objective



    For the Raven Ultra, you'd want the 60cm only if you intend to do steeper terrain.



    If you're not intending to do lots of technical / steep terrain then you could go with the Raven Pro but in a 70cm length.



    Shoot me an email if you have more quesitons or want to talk more indepth.



    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead

    800.409.4502 ext 4055

    jdowns@backcountry.com

    Frighteningly light but well built

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Hasn't given me any trouble, easy to grip and well balanced. Do yourself a favor and buy a leash and protectors with it.

    Frighteningly light but well built

    This axe isn't just for climbing

    I used my Raven Pro to chip a mound of ice away from the front door of our mountain house. Had a large melt/freeze/melt pile of ice blocking the front door and the Raven Pro made quick work of it.

    This axe isn't just for climbing

    Super light and sharp as a razor

      This is my first ice axe and I was pleasantly surprised by just how light it is. I have no plans to climb with it (just plan to use it for self arrest and to chop foot holds on snow slopes while hiking) but I was impressed by how easily the axe would enter and securely grip in solid ice. This will be a standard item in my pack for hiking in Glacier NP until mid August each year when the snow finally retreats from the highest trails.

      Excellent

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Super lightweight, hardly noticeable at all on your backpack and doesn't tire your arm while walking with it. Had the displeasure to have to use it for a self-arrest and I can safely say I wouldn't be writing this review had I not had it with me. Excellent tool, great quality, it won't disappoint.

      Excellent

      I question the need for this to exist

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      The Raven Pro is only 2.5 oz lighter than the Raven for the same length. Its not noticeably stronger, nor does it hold an edge better. It is shiny though. If you have the money to spend an extra 25% on all your gear to save a couple ounces then go for it. Otherwise it makes no sense. The regular Raven will do just fine for 95% of people's purposes. Drink a few less beers the night before hitting the mountain and you will save that weight without costing you anything. Most mountaineers have adequate grip strength to carry an extra 2.5 oz in their hands all day. Its 2.5 ounces...

      Good axe!

      A little heavy at the price point, but indestructible!

      Good axe!