The Raptor is our top of the line ice and mixed tool, and it’s revised and improved for the 2014/15 season. The grip is one-piece molded rubber for comfort, durability and reduced fatigue. The pick penetrates the hardest ice, cleans easily, and comes with removable weights for added versatility.
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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.
| 640 g / 22.58 oz|
Weight with pick:
|Head Details|| No adze or hammer|
2 Screw adjustment
|Ice Rating|| Pick: T / Type 2|
Shaft: T / Type 2
|Picks|| Included with the tool: |
Raptor Pick - Ice
Other Picks Available:
Raptor Pick - Mixed
|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: 1 size fits all (not adjustable)
|Materials|| Pick: Steel|
Head: Inverstment Cast Steel
Grip: 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.
“You get what you pay for” didn’t become an overused consumer cliché for nothing, but the Raptor will have you backtracking. “This tool competes with my go-to tools that cost almost twice as much as these,” one tester said after two weeks of ice and mixed climbing in the Northeast. “Now I feel silly for shelling out so much dough!” Testers loved the simple, streamlined design with a small curve in the shaft and an offset handle (meaning it’s angled slightly backward), which offered a solid amount of sticking power with each moderate swing. The pinky rest made the tools comfortable and easy to use without over-gripping, and the ergonomic double handle made matching hands and technical movement a breeze. Important update from last year: Designers made the main handle slightly larger so big-pawed ice climbers will fall in love with these, too. Nitpick: The removable head weights have Phillips- head screws; testers would have preferred the more standard, field-friendly, dime-size flathead.