Black Diamond Equipment
Viper Ice Tool
Completely redesigned for maximum versatility on the myriad demands of winter climbing, the Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool is an easy-swinging, all-around tool. READ MORE
Buy any 2 technical ice tools (cobra, viper, fuel, fusion, venom) and any pair of crampons and receive a 10% discount!
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Completely redesigned for maximum versatility on the myriad demands of winter climbing, the Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool is an easy-swinging, all-around tool. Learn More
DescriptionA durable, easy-to-swing tool built for a full season of winter climbing objectives, the redesigned Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool provides all-around performance for the ice and alpine climber. The Viper’s hydroformed shaft extends through the grip for maximum rigidity and a responsive feel, and our Alpine Pick is included to beef up durability on scrappy mountain terrain. The adjustable FlickLock® pommel acts as a secondary grip position for ice climbing and cragging and easily slides up the shaft for choking up on low-angle snow slopes. The modular head allows for easy changing of picks and swapping between hammer and adze.
- Lightweight, hydroformed aluminum shaft extends through the grip for responsive feel and rigidity (CEN T)
- Adjustable FlickLock upper pommel
- Modular head is compatible with all current BD picks
- Alpine pick (CEN T) included
- Clippable spike
- Alpine FlickLock Pommel
Weight : [Hammer] 570 g (1 lb 4 oz)
[Adze] 595 g (1 lb 5 oz)
[Adze] 595 g (1 lb 5 oz)
Length : 50 cm
Head : Stainless steel
Pick : Chromoly steel
Shaft : Aluminum
Grip : TPU
Viper Ice Tool is rated out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cermo from universal perfect tool Tried this on mixed and ice climbs. They are really light, perfectly balanced and well made. Great for alpine style climbing. Picks are durable and last longer then Singing Rock Bandits (my previous axes). If you keep them sharp, they are also great in ice, however if you prefer only ice climbing and more difficult routes, then you should consider Fuels or other specialized tools for ice.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by Skier84 from Great update!! Having used an older version of the Vipers these were a great step up. Love the adjustable trigger. Super easy swing and solid confident placement.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by Marshall from Super versatile! I've had these about a year and they are my first leashless tool (it takes me awhile to accept change). They have a great feel, easy to swing accurately and area a great lightweight general use tool for those of us who don't climb in fruitboots for a living. The lower hand grip/hook is removable so they can double as a hybrid style mountaineering axe, which is very handy both for approaches and for minimizing the gear clogging up your garage.
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by Matte from Allround Bought a set of these this season as a allround axe and so far they've been great!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by James from Perfect All-Arounder I love these. I finally decided to breakdown and replace my first generation leashed Cobras, and I couldn't be happier. The Vipers made the transition to leashless climbing simple and straightforward.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by pdelaney from Fantastic! Spent a full week of Canadian Rockies Guiding on these great tools! Short and light but very well balanced and incredibly precise. No hacking swing here..they offer a nice older school flick and when combining them with the cascade blades these tools become ready for anything. Low angle rambles, no problem there agile handling, and movable upper pommel help the climber adapt to any lower angle surface comfortably and easily. On solid hard steep ice climbing with plenty of cleaning, they're no compromise...these tools are great! They have a little less clearance for your fingers so watch out not to punch into the ice. By far I think these tools might be the best do it all tools around. An awesome choice for anyone who likes to spend lots of time on ice and climbing where balancy hand matching on tools isn't a must.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mitchell from Fantastic Tool! The Viper Ice Tool is a great tool. One great feature about this tool is the adjustable FlickLock grip. When using as a second tool on low angle slopes it makes for an incredibly comfortable hand position. I have only used mine so far on a handful of trips. They still look brand new! This durable tool is an excellent choice for both alpine and ice.
Date published: 2016-02-28