Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe

Guide Pick™: Peter Whittaker



A lightweight, classic piolet, the Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe is the ideal axe for ounce counters. Whether you're kicking steps up Rainier or Aconcagua or wending through crevasse fields in the Alps, the Raven Pro's lightweight aluminum shaft and investment-cast, polished stainless steel head provide classic, all-around performance. A great performer on non-technical ascents like Rainier, Aconcagua, Denali, or Mt. Vinson.

Specs Sizing Reviews
  • Lightweight aluminum shaft
  • Investment-cast, one-piece stainless steel head with an aggressive pick and large hole for a carabiner
  • Ergonomic head
  • CEN-B certified
  • Weight: [50 cm] 362 g (13 oz)
  • Head: Head, Spike: stainless steel
  • Shaft: Aluminum

General Sizing Guidelines

  • 60 cm - 5' 4" and shorter
  • 65 cm - 5' 4" - 5' 8" and shorter
  • 70 cm - 5' 8" to roughly 6' 2"
  • 75 cm - 6' 2" to 6' 6"

Depending on the steepness of the slopes you'll be climbing, you may want to adjust this (go shorter for front-pointing on steep ice, longer for upright glacier walking). But this is a good reference for the standard routes on peaks like Mt. Rainier or Denali.

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Reviews for the Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe

5 out of 5 stars based on 7 reviews.

On 2011-09-14, Angi wrote


great product, very light but strong. went with the recomended length and it was perfect, would buy it again in a heart beat, also fast and great service!!!

On 2011-09-13, Von Hawley wrote


I exchanged this ice ax for the 70 cm one. 60 cm is too short for Rainier. Although, the Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe is excellent.

On 2010-03-16, Arn wrote


Excellent ice axe. Only have used it couple of times but so far I like it a lot. Very light.

On 2009-09-18, John Scott wrote


I bought this axe for a recent trip on Mount Rainier. It was a good choice. The body and head are very lightweight and well shaped, making it very comfortable to carry and use for long periods. The finish is very durable and looks great. It is very sharp, so like the other posts suggest, get the protectors. I bought the protectors made by Black Diamond and they held up well in my bag on the flight home despite there being exactly enough room for the axe.

On 2009-08-27, Rick Jarema wrote


When climbing for 8-12 hours in a day, every ounce counts. After spending time seeing what ax had the best balance of weight to durability this once stood out. Not to mention the slick look of polished metal. Like the previous review make sure to pick up ax protector since the first time I traveled with it the pick end ripped through my bag... enjoy the mountains! Rick J

On 2009-08-18, Dean wrote


This is a well crafted axe that has a wow factor when you pick it up and feel the smooth lines and light weight. I can't wait to use mine on the mountains. The tips are verry sharp so get a protective cover to keep you and your gear safe.

On 2009-03-09, Bryan wrote


This is a great axe. Very lightweight but sturdy enough to feel secure. The head is shaped properly for a very comfortable self-belay grip on those long climbs.

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