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Overview READ MOREThe lightest ice screw in the world, the new BD Ultralights are crucial for fast and light objectives in the mountains. Built for ski mountaineers, glacial travel, and gram-shaving alpinists, these screws feature an aluminum body with steel tip and an innovative wire-gate color-coded Express handles to differentiate length.
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DescriptionDesigned for ski mountaineering, glacial travel and high-end alpinism, the Ultralight Ice Screw says it all in the name. Weighing in at 45% lighter than our Express Screws, the Ultralight Screw combines a steel tip with an aluminum body and forged aluminum hanger that features two clip-in points. The innovative wire-gate Express handle shaves more weight and also clicks open and closed. The Ultralights are also easily identified by length with the classic BD color scheme.
- Aluminum body with steel tip
- Aluminum forged hanger with two clip-in points
- Wire-gate Express handle
- Color-coded Express knobs
- Available October 2018
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Ultralight Ice Screw is rated out of 5 by 13.
Rated 4 out of 5 by dad43 from Super Light but Weird to Screw In Bought these for a now canceled trip to Denali. They have quick bite and screw in for the initial few mm. The ice we were testing them in caused them to turn easy and then stop like you were screwing into dirt or rock. They weren’t it was the aluminum and moisture in the ice causing problems. We had regular BD screws also and they didn’t have the issue. In all a great screw and you can’t beat the weight.
Date published: 2020-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by BWPete from Best on the Market I posted a review after first getting a couple of these last season, and have since replaced most of my steel screws with these. I've used other brands aluminum screws, and BD have the best feel. The wire gate extension feels more durable and solid that other "express handles" and the extra leverage makes them easy to place quickly. definitely an improvement from the steel screw express handle. A few reviews have talked about them getting stuck. This seems to be an issue with aluminum generally rather than these specifically, and I have had the same issues with competitors screws. I do find that in really wet ice they will freeze in place more readily than steel screws, and feel almost like they bottomed out. with a good twist to break the resistance they will usually drive the rest f the way as normal. The longer screws provide meaningful weight savings. For V-threads the larger bore is somewhat helpful, and the green anodization makes seeing the screw path in the ice easier than steel screws. Finally, since these have a larger diameter than almost anything else on the market (petzl UL is slightly larger), the ability to rebore holes is nice, especially in areas that get Swiss-cheesed every weekend. as more people use UL screws this advantage will diminish.
Date published: 2020-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by DIAMOND RANCH from Outstanding I've used the express screws for the past 5 years to anchor my spearfishing darkhouse. One of the best investments I've made in spearing equipment...anchor screws into the ice very quickly...like screwing into butter!
Date published: 2020-02-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by Trevor from Good at times, terrible at others With dry ice these are great. Quick to bite, easy to drill. However in any ice that is wet or has a lot of moisture in it, they will almost certainly have issues getting placed. In wet ice they will often become literally stuck and you cannot place them fully without really hammering on the hanger. I know aluminum screws always have more friction, but these are noticeable worse than my petzl aluminum screws. I'll take the weight of steel screws, at least they can be fully placed in all ice conditions.
Date published: 2020-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by Braeden from Awesome Screws! Ordered a few of these about a month ago. Awesome screws. Light weight, bite quickly, lever is snappy and feels solid. They don't go into wet ice as well as steel screws, but that's pretty normal for aluminum screws. No complaints!
Date published: 2020-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fastestknowntyler from Drill baby drill Super lightweight, sharp right off the shelf & knob spins great. I've heard about the screws not being placed & removed easily, I did notice some resistance but nothing beyond normal while leading ice
Date published: 2020-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by Francois from Gets stuck mid-way I bought these screws a couple of weeks ago and got to try them. They are amazingly light. The handle is great, it has a spring action to come back to its rest place. The teeth are aggressive and dig very fast in the ice. It is almost unbelievable how quickly the screw holds in place. But...for some reason after a few turns, or even midway into insertion, the screw just gets stuck. It halts a bit less suddenly than if you were to hit rock. But it is quite stuck. It takes a lot of force to get it to turn again, to the point that I sometimes think the handle could break. Sometimes I was not able to get it unstuck using the knob, I had to wrap my hand around the screw plate and really put a lot of force to get it moving again. Sometimes it happened 2 or 3 times during the placement of a single screw. In the same ice I placed BD Express screws without any such problem. I am not sure why this is happening. My guess is the type of material allows the water to refreeze on it easily. And the large diameter of the screw (largest I have seen so far) means more surface the ice can grab on.
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by BWPete from excellent Was not initially willing to pay the extra money to step up from BD's steel screw. However, after reading a few reviews, I picked one to try out, and now have a few. I've been really impressed. The updated tooth angle/cutting edge has makes a huge difference. These bite quickly, and are much easier to place especially with the wire gate type "express handle". They are significantly lighter, and have a more user friendly hanger. Great product. I've also appreciated that these are a larger diameter, allowing safer "rebore" of previous holes (Watch the DB QC vid if you haven't) . This is especially advantageous in the CO front range where many climbs get beaten up.
Date published: 2019-02-25