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Member Reviews for Black Diamond Black Diamond Cobra Hammer

Black Diamond Black Diamond Cobra Hammer

For hard, steep technical ice and mixed, the Cobra offers more clearance than any other BD tool, together with the balance and feel that only carbon fibre can provide. Lightweight carbon fibre shaft keeps the weight in the head of the tool, letting you get precise, balanced swings. The textured rubber slip grip is over-moulded on the shaft for a completely flush fit. Attach the included Viper Fang and you've got a hand cradle to fight the pump. Slip on the supplied Viper Strike to add an upper grip.
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3 out of 3(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Member Reviews for Black Diamond Cobra Hammer
Review 1 for Black Diamond Cobra Hammer
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Location: Toronto
MEC MEMBER

Class act for steep ice

Date:September 4, 2010
I have used the latest generation Cobras for a couple of seasons on waterfall ice and am well satisfied. The degree of curve in the shaft is excellent for dealing with bulges, while not being so extreme that it limits functionality for less demanding conditions.
The carbon shafts are pretty tough - have dropped an axe at least twice down 30m+ ice routes with no damage. The carbon material is also hand friendly when the thermometer drops the wrong side of -30, unlike aluminum.
Light weight is generally welcom, although a bit of extra heft does come in handy when the ice is bullet proof. Have switched out the regular hammers for the heavier BD hammer used in previous generations of axes (can still buy these as accessories).
Pros: Rugged, Lightweight, Reliable
Cons: Expensive
Review 2 for Black Diamond Cobra Hammer
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Location: Waterloo, ON
Age: 45-55
Gender: male
Gear Style: Performance Driven
Describe Yourself: Avid Climber
MEC MEMBER

Outstanding tool!

Date:April 6, 2010
I've had and tried quite a few ice-axes, and this is by far the best. Lightweight, well balanced, good for all sorts of ice... Highly recommended!
Pros: Lightweight, Good Value, Well balanced
Review 3 for Black Diamond Cobra Hammer
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Location: Alberta
Age: over 55
Gender: male
Gear Style: Minimalist
Describe Yourself: Avid Climber
MEC MEMBER

My Favourite Toy

Date:October 9, 2009
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The World of Carbon is very different from the World of Metal. The complex shaft form eliminates any mode of vibration, so the tools have a solid, clean 'stick.' The weight is also concentrated in the head, which adds to swing efficiency.
And, as with all BD tools, I can (and have) changed a broken pick on lead, and the only tool needed for the fixup is the new pick itself. All that fiddling with hex wrenches is just trouble & risk. That being said, BD picks always break at the third tooth, that's just the way it is...
This new leashless version opens up the mixed world without forsaking pure ice capabilities or the option of detachable Android leashes. As this implies, their hooking balance is beautiful. They are also surprisingly durable.
BUT I have climbed only on Cobras for more than a decade, and their feel has become second nature. For pure ice lines, they are ideal; for the mixed masters, there are other more specialized weapons.
Pros: Rugged, Reliable
Cons: Expensive