Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Black Diamond Cobra - Guide Review

Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tools
The Black Diamond Cobras are my favorite ice tools on the market. They have the craftsmanship of a Ferrari and the burl of an eighteen wheel truck. I have used these tools almost exclusively for the last four seasons on a variety of objectives. They climb rock well and excel on ice.

The Cobras are a precision instrument. They have the greatest clearance of any Black Diamond Tools without sacrificing balance. Black Diamond has made these with a lightweight Carbon Fiber Shaft to provide damp, accurate swings. They feature a modular head design, so you can easily put on the adze when you are in the mountains and switch out to dueling hammers for your drytooling enjoyment.

Photo by Karsten Delap

After years of abuse, these tools are still swinging great; a testament to the durability of the tool. The Cobras are a great tool for anything from the Ouray Ice Park to the North Buttress of Mount Hunter!

Eric Whewell
CMS Senior Guide
AMGA Certified Rock & Alpine Guide

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