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.
The Viper Adze 2014 is officially retired.You've found a page of history! The Viper Adze 2014 is no longer produced by Black Diamond and it is not available to buy from major online retailers. You can still check out all the specs and claim your ownership.
Viper Adze 2014
A technical, all-terrain tool, the Black Diamond Viper makes the perfect daily driver for ice and alpine climbing. The Viper is built with a hydroformed shaft to increase stiffness and reduce weight, while maintaining exceptional clearance and balance.
Hydroformed shaft for clearance, weight savings and strength.
Laser pick, Viper Strike and Fang included, modular head design.
Removable upper and lower pommels.
Shaft CEN-T certified, patented.
Pick is CEN-B.
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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.
|655 g / 23.10 oz|
|Length (cm)||50 cm|
|Head Details|| Adze (pair: Viper Hammer 2014
2 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: Removeable|
Lower Pommel: Removeable
Grip Size: 1 size fits all (not adjustable)
|Materials|| Pick: Chromoly Steel|
Head: Stainless Steel
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.
Enter the Black Diamond Viper, a high-tech all-terrain tool. Available with either hammer or adze, this fully modular unit is as functional and reliable as your longtime partner, perhaps more so. Weighing 1 pound 5 ounces (for the hammer), the Viper is light and well balanced. It swings in a natural arc, and, when fitted with the stock Laser pick, knifes cleanly even into brittle, sub-zero ice. The pick is tough, too. I torqued the bejeezus out of it numerous times and it didn't break. If you intend to use the tool more for rock than ice, simply outfit it with the thicker and toothier Fusion pick ($36.95), which can stand up to more sharpenings and works better for stein-pulling.
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.