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 ultimate carbon fiber tool for leashless mixed, ice and alpine climbing, the Black Diamond Cobra provides unparalleled performance from the crags to the Karakoram. The Cobra features a lightweight shaft that provides precise, technical swings and offers the most clearance of any of our tools-all without sacrificing balance or axis of rotation.
Lightweight carbon fiber shaft with greatest clearance of any Black Diamond tool.
Balanced with weight in head for damp, accurate strikes.
Laser Pick, Cobra 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.
|588 g / 20.74 oz|
|Length (cm)||50 cm|
|Head Details|| Hammer (pair: Cobra Adze
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
Shaft: Carbon Fiber
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.
A great ice tool for steep ice and multi-pitch ice (use with the optional leash). Lightweight, easy swing and offers great hooking potential with the high-clearance shaft.
The Cobras perform brilliantly on big routes and ice falls, with even better looks. The fact that they're the weapon of choice for the likes of Simon Anthamatten and Colin Haley speaks for itself. Are they worth €300? To be brutally honest, probably not. The Cobra is in essence, a slightly more snazzy version of the Viper with slight differences in performance, but not justifying the 100 quid price difference. However, for all you gear freaks with money lying around or for those who are good at seeking out discounts, the Cobra is a brilliant all round mountain axe!
For an all-arounder, the Cobra is among the very best. The more extreme shafts shapes and grips, such as those of the Petzl Ergo and Black Diamond Fusion are better for leashless climbing on vertical ice, and much better when the climbing is steeper than vertical, but for slabby ice, alpine routes and some vert, the Cobra dominates. I only wish that the picks weren't so expensive.
I gave the Cobra five out of five stars because it has held up to a lot of abuse and is one of the best and most versatile ice tools I have used.
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.