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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 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect mountain tool This thing is so light I often bring it even when I think a whippet alone will suffice. It also assume it is super strong too as I used a very similar previous version for many years and much abuse without ever feeling it wasn't capable of arresting a fall if arrest was possible. Basically, I always trust that this thing will not break. This cannot be said for some other axes I have used. Super light. I own the 55cm one only because the 50cm was sold out. I use it mostly as a ski mountaineering tool but also use it on rock approaches in the spring. Phenomenal axe. Light, strong, short and is perfect for my needs!
Date published: 2014-07-11
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 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 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 Lightweight Ice Tool This is the ice tool to take when you don't really want to take an ice tool, basically when you are going rock climbing where there may be some hard snow to deal with on the way to or from the rock route. It's really light and will make an early morning approach, like you might find in the Bugaboos, much safer and less stressful. This is way better than grabbing a sharp rock or nut tool when you may need to self arrest.
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Axe! I like this axe a lot! Light and Sharp. I am 6'3" and have the 75. It is a good length for when I need it, on inclines. Nicely done!
Date published: 2014-08-23
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 Tough as nails. Very tough and useful piece of equipment. I use it mostly for backcountry touring. Handy for getting up and across a snow field, hacking out ice/snow in camp and when getting down a particularly steep slope. Very light so doesn't weigh down the pack or arms.
Date published: 2013-11-05
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