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A traditional mountaineering piolet built with lightweight materials. READ MORE
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A traditional mountaineering piolet built with lightweight materials. Learn More


A lightweight version of our classic Raven piolet, the Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe is the ideal axe for ounce counters. Whether you're kicking steps up 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.

  • 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

Tech Specs

Head :   Stainless steel
Shaft :   Aluminum
Weight Without Leash :   [50 cm] 362 g (13 oz)

Pick Comparision



  • - People's Choice Gear Award

  • - 2013 Top Pick
Raven Pro Ice Axe is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple. Durable. Not too heavy. Not much to say here other than this thing gets the job done. I highly recommend this axe for any springtime ski mountaineer. Its not too heavy, sharp, and sleek looking. As far as I am concerned this is the industry standard and wouldn't go with another brand.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super comfortable and solid for cutting steps The Raven Pro is somewhat of a classic. It's fairly light, super comfortable to hold as you go up slopes (due to the thin section to wrap your fingers around), and has a great adze for cutting steps in the ice. Also a solid anchor in emergencies.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong, Light, Durable, Sharp - The Tool of Choice for General Mountaineering Just finished a trip to the French Alps. This was my tool of choice for a climb on Mont Blanc. The Raven Pro performed flawlessly. The route includes 35 degree snow slopes, and about 500m of 3rd class scrambling on rock, snow and ice. The axe came in handy during both ascent and descent, and could handle the abuse of a mixed mountaineering route with nothing more than a few scratches. It's super light. The stainless steel head and spike are strong and durable, and can take plenty of abuse. Chopping steps with the knife-blade sharp adze is a breeze. I purchased a slider leash to go with the axe, but that stayed in my pack for the duration of the climb. Only on extra steep ice and snow would that be needed. Be aware that since there is no rubber grip on the shaft, it is more slippery than the venom, but a route requiring a lot of piolet traction is not what this axe was designed for. Make sure to get the axe and spike protectors to keep from shredding your bag and other items while transporting it. The pick, adze and spike are super sharp and demand respect.
Date published: 2016-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent All Purpose Axe This is a great Mountaineering Axe. Dependable and light weight. Plenty strong, and I wouldn't trust a lighter weight axe.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all-rounder Just getting into mountaineering, this was my axe of choice due to the quality / weight / price spectrum. I've used and abused this thing on rock, snow and ice, and it has never let me down. The more banged up they get, the better they look! Except for the chipped adze end when someone used my axe to pound in a snow stake... But that's not BD's issue. You'll have nothing to regret with this axe!
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth It Solid Axe. Axes last a long time so it's worth it to get the right one and spend a little more for the lighter weight.
Date published: 2015-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect for snow climbing, glacier travel, and light mountaineering A mountaineering axe is not a piece of gear that needs to be replaced frequently, if ever. But as a seasoned (i.e. graying) outdoor instructor looking to shed weight from my pack, I chose the Raven Pro to replace the axe that had taken me to many high places on three continents over a span of decades. It's hard parting with an old friend. But after looking at every model on the market, I'm delighted to make a new friend: my Raven Pro. Onward and upward my friend!
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully constructed tool. Black diamond got it right with a perfect strength to weight ratio. This is the lightest axe I've used and never have I been concerned about strength. This is a solid tool that I will recommend to anyone who asks.
Date published: 2014-12-05
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