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Black Diamond Viper Adze
  • Black Diamond Viper Adze
  • Black Diamond Viper Adze Head
  • Black Diamond Viper Adze Bottom

Viper Adze

Black Diamond


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Completely redesigned for maximum versatility on the myriad demands of winter climbing, the Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool is an easy-swinging, all-around tool.

A durable, easy-to-swing tool built for a full season of winter climbing objectives, the redesigned Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool provides all-around performance for the ice and alpine climber. The Viper’s hydroformed shaft extends through the grip for maximum rigidity and a responsive feel, and our Titan Pick is included to beef up durability on scrappy mountain terrain. The adjustable FlickLock® pommel acts as a secondary grip position for ice climbing and cragging and easily slides up the shaft for choking up on low-angle snow slopes. The modular head allows for easy changing of picks and swapping between hammer and adze.

Lightweight, hydroformed aluminum shaft extends through the grip for responsive feel and rigidity (CEN T).
Adjustable FlickLock upper pommel.
Modular head is compatible with all current BD picks.
Titan pick (CEN T) included.
Clippable spike.
Alpine FlickLock Pommel.

Retail price

US$ 259.95

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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.

595 g / 21.00 oz­
Length (cm) 50 cm
Head Details Adze (pair: Viper Hammer )
2 Screw adjustment
Ice Rating Pick: T / Type 2
Shaft: T / Type 2
Picks Included with the tool:
Alpine Pick
Other Picks Available:
Ice+ Pick
Mixed Pick
Pommel & Grip

Pommel & Grip

Upper Pommel

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).

Lower Pommel

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: Adjustable
Lower Pommel: Removeable
Grip Size: 1 size fits all (not adjustable)
Materials Pick: Chromoly Steel
Head: Stainless Steel
Shaft: Aluminum
Grip: TPU


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.

Learn More

Rock and Ice Certifications Guide
Ice Pair Reference
Picks it comes with
Interchangeable Picks
Ice Tool Acces. Ref
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So far this season I have just used the Black Diamond Vipers in an Alpine setting and they have been great to use, they fit easily on the pack, are light and very versatile. They are designed to be used with Android leashes, spring/waist leashes (and work superlatively as leashless tools) and with the large hole on the head clip onto your harness easily too. They have been comfortable in the hand to use as a Piolet and have performed well as general technical tools-simply brilliant!