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Our fastest placing ice screws with advanced tooth geometry and complete stainless steel construction, Express Ice Screws feature large, color-coded crank knobs for incredibly fast placements. READ MORE
Item# BD4902100000ALL1



Buy 4 or more ice screws, Express or turbo, receive a 10% discount!

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Our fastest placing ice screws with advanced tooth geometry and complete stainless steel construction, Express Ice Screws feature large, color-coded crank knobs for incredibly fast placements. Learn More


The easiest and fastest placing ice screws on the planet, the Black Diamond Express Ice Screw features a tapered tube where the teeth cut a hole just larger than the tube itself, for less friction during placements. A large, color-coded crank knob makes for easy size identification and uninterrupted 360-degree motion. Buy six or more screws, receive 10% off!

  • Advanced tooth geometry for easier starting and faster placement
  • Larger crank knobs with uninterrupted 360° motion
  • Stainless steel hangers with two clip points
  • Available in five lengths, color-coded for quick indexing
  • CE certified, patented

Tech Specs

Weight :  
[10 cm] 121 g (4.3 oz)
[13 cm] 138 g (4.9 oz)
[16 cm] 146 g (5.2 oz)
[19 cm] 159 g (5.6 oz)
[22 cm] 175 g (6.2 oz)
Strength :   10 kN (2248 lbf)
Materials :  
[Screw] chromoly
[Hanger] stainless steel


  • - People's Choice Gear Award

  • Rock and Ice Magazine - Best In Gear Award 2009


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Express Ice Screw is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 39.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still the best ice screw ever! Been using these for fun and for teaching for 25 years. Old style aluminum style before that did not really work quite so good.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The standard Fastest biting screws with great durability at a very slight weight penalty. Easy to resharpen as necessary with a file or a Dremel. I own a rack of 12 express. 4 stars because I want something that weighs as much as a feather, drives like it's on ball bearings, and lasts forever.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good product but not as easy to use as petzls I get out quite a bit on ice. Enjoy leading in the grade 4 level. I have a combination of Petzl and BD screws. I prefer the Petzl screws. They are easier to place as they seem to grab ice better. I also prefer the large eyelet on the Petzl screw for clipping several biners at the same time. Having said that, BD screws do the job fairly well and are very durable. You won’t go wrong with them, but you may be happier with Petzl product if you have a choice.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliable and Easy to Use! I have used these for a few years now. They are easy to place and appear very strong and fairly durable. No complaints!
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well built and easy to place I've used Petzl and Grivel from others but the Express is my personal choice. Recently replaced a rack and they look like new after a week of use. I also like the second clip point.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Start recycling your rack and replace with these. Refined to perfection. Sharp, quick, multiple points to clip into. Do not have a negative comment - I refuse to use the old stuff and am replacing all of the old gear with these express screws. They are even color coded for length - perfection.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Screw Quick and easy. When I need protection I always use the express screw. Mountains of Alaska, and Washington in particular.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Express Screws - the cat's meow Love the Express screws.....they glide through ice like a hot knife slicing through butter. Effortless! Way to go Black Diamond!
Date published: 2016-10-27
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