The Black Diamond Viper is a versatile technical ice axe designed to be able to handle any of the demands of winter climbing you can throw at it. It features a hydroformed shaft which extends right through the grip giving excellent feel and maximum strength. The adjustable pommel has Black Diamond's easy to use and secure FlickLock adjustment so you can set a secondary grip position when on easier angled terrain.
The pick is made from chromoly steel and both the pick and shaft are T rated. The Viper is available with both a hammer or an adze and the modular head allows the changing of picks (all Black Diamond picks are compatible) and switching between hammer and adze. This is the perfect all round ice tool to take you up any winter route.
Black Diamond Viper Features
- Lightweight, hydroformed aluminium shaft (CEN T)
- Adjustable FlickLock upper pommel
- Modular head (compatible with all current BD picks)
- Titan pick (CEN T)
- Clippable spike
- 570g (hammer)
Customer Reviews of Black Diamond Viper
I've had both previous iterations of vipers and black prophets before that.
From bottom up:
Pinkie rest less tight than previous one, easier to get grip even with thick gloves on. Handle shape as good as any BD tool I think. Adjustable shrike equivalent probably worth it. Not sure yet. Always like on other tools having high position for easy snow staggering so prob a worthwhile upgrade. I prefer the low volume shaft for slotting the axe as its nearer in width to the head. Good upgrade. Heads seem bombproof like before. New adze looks good. I liked the old big shape on a straight shafted axe for climbing crud but on curved tools much less useful. This one better for chopping without getting stuck in ice like old one. All in an excellent revision.