How to use Black Diamond ice tool and ice axe correctly, warnings, care, maintenance, transportation, inspection, lifespan and retirement with instructional pictures. Note: This is page two of document for instruction in foreign languages, page one has English instruction.
A high-performance, all-around cragging tool that’s equally at home on steep ice and overhanging rock, the Fuel is the ultimate tool for the modern ice and rock climber.
From steep WI5 pillars in the Canadian Rockies to overhanging dry-tool routes in Kanderstag, the Black Diamond Fuel Ice Tool is an aggressive cragging tool designed for the modern rock and ice climber. The Fuel’s revolutionary lightweight shaft is hydroformed from a single piece of aluminum which extends all the way through the grip for excellent rigidity, and the streamlined head, removable spike and dual-density, adjustable grip add to the tool’s versatile performance on both rock and ice.
Lightweight shaft is hydroformed from a single piece of aluminum extending through the grip for responsive feel and rigidity.
Streamlined, two-piece single-bolt head is compatible with all current BD picks.
Dual-density adjustable pommel features spacing washers to accommodate different hand sizes and gloves.
Offset upper grip for modern leashless climbing.
Removable, clippable spike.
Fusion Ice Pick included.
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|Weight (g / oz)|
Weight (g / oz)
In grams and ounces, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
The weight is the packaged weight. If there are differences in weight (due to optional accessories) we'll note them here.
|638 g / 22.50 oz|
|Length (cm)||50 cm|
|Head Details|| No adze or hammer|
1 Screw adjustment
|Ice Rating|| Pick: B / Type 1|
Shaft: T / Type 2
|Picks|| Included with the tool: |
Other Picks Available:
|Pommel & Grip|
Pommel & Grip
Fixed: An upper pommel that is fixed in place (it cannot move up/down the shaft nor can it be taken off).
Adjustable: An upper pommel that can move up and down the shaft.
Removable & Adjustable: An upper pommel that is completely removable and also adjustable.
Removeable: An upper pommel that is either on or off (it cannot move up/down the shaft).
None: If there is no upper pommel that comes standard (there may or may not be options to buy separately).
Fixed: A lower pommel that is fixed in place (the angle cannot be changed nor can it be taken off).
Adjustable: A lower pommel that can change angle or location on the tool.
Removable: When the lower pommel can be removed but not adjusted.
None: If there is no lower pommel that comes standard (there may or may not be options to buy separately).
| Upper Pommel: Fixed|
Lower Pommel: Fixed
Grip Size: Adjustable
|Materials|| Pick: Chromoly Steel|
Head: Stainless Steel
Grip: Co-Molded Rubber
The main climbing gear certifications are CE and UIAA--and normally the UIAA creates the rules that the CE body also supports. When possible, we try to list all the certifications the product carries.
To sell a climbing product in Europe, the device must be CE certified. There are no official requirements to sell climbing gear in the US. The UIAA certification is a voluntary process.
Features of Fuel ice tool.
It took a year and a half to develop the Fuel which Black Diamond likes to say combines the best performance of the Cobra (BD’s carbon fiber tool) and the modularity of the BD Fusion.
The Fuel is made from a single piece of hydroformed aluminum. They claim this makes for a lighter feel, superior swing and better handling.
Though the Black Diamond Fuel ice tool doesn’t stray too far from the common look and feel of the modern ice tools, there are some pluses and minuses. Honestly, our test crew ended up split on how they felt about these ice tools. If you have really big hands (like mine) and hate difficult-to-clean picks then maybe look at some other options. If you have hands that fall within the normal range of humans and like an easy to place ice tool, that cuts down on multiple swings, in exchange for some extra work cleaning the tool, then the Black Diamond Fuel ice tools are for you. Black Diamond often sponsors demo events to use their new products. Check out an event near you and see what you think.
How to use Black Diamond ice tool and ice axe correctly, warnings, care, maintenance, transportation, inspection, lifespan and retirement with instructional pictures. Note: This is page one of document for English instruction, page two has instruction in other languages.