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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Plenty good for not much money Brought this axe up with me on a trip to Mt Washington NH, took her up the Huntington Ravine. And have to say both my partner and I had to rely on it heavily on the last of the snow on the mountain. At one point this axe even stopped both of us after I had to dive after her from sliding back down the ravine into some jagged rocks after a 75ft slide. For my money, well worth it, and it will be a mainstay in my mountaineering set up from now on. Not as light as the pro, but I think that adds a bit more confidence to it. Attached is a pic of the bottom of the ravine, it got too steep after this picture for either of us to think about a camera.
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from None better for alpine travel I have both the Raven and Raven Pro. I actually prefer the Raven, it just feels more solid,and safer. The Raven has a longer pick, and a wider grip area, making more comfortable to carry and more secure in my hand. Even though it is a couple ounces heavier I just feel safer with this solid piece of gear in my hand. Works great on steep snow fields and glacier travel. I've used mine on Rainier, St Helens and many other peaks in the Cascade mountains. I'm somewhat of a gear hound so I am always looking at new stuff, but right now there is no other axe on the market that I would own over this one.
Date published: 2011-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Tool This is a great ax. I already had shorter axe for steep couloirs and the like, so I got this one a bit longer. Unlike my shorter ax, this one is very comfortable to use all day in either hand. It works great for lower angle terrain, traverses, and glissading. It has a pretty good swing for chopping steps and such, but I wouldn't recommend this tool if you plan on swinging it a lot. I like my shorter tool with a more aggressive and heavier head for that.
Date published: 2013-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Happy with the purchase I'm getting pretty serious about mountaineering and have made the plunge with purchasing equipment vs renting. I just climbed Shasta and this was part of my arsenal. Simple and effective, this was the second most used tool I used (crampons being the other). Purchase a leash for the axe and you're good to go.
Date published: 2011-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hit the Spot Great mountaineering axe. I added some plumbers friction tape to add grip around the shaft. Works perfectly, and it's great to have an axe long enough for us tall mountaineers.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gets the job done very simple design, sturdy excellent for crossing snowfields, and glacier travel, excellent at self arresting and works well when glicading. I use mine regularly and it has taken a beating and nothing is loose or bent.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best buy for price Good Used it in late spring on sierra hike, good for step cutting, self-arrest ease, glisading and ability to dig into the ice. Bad Not easy to attach a sling and the one they sell for it isn't worth the price. Definately would recommend this to anyone needing a general purpose ice axe
Date published: 2011-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice and Strong I use this while climbing or while on extremly hard snowshoe routes. Its ilght and very strong. Its held up for over three years oh heavy use with minimal signs of abuse. Excellent ice axe for glacier travel or snow climbing.
Date published: 2011-05-05
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Questions & Answers

What is the weight of this axe? 

Asked by: John
​This ice axe weighs 15 ounces (based on the 55cm length).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-13

How do you determine what size to select for the Raven? For those who have used this axe before, do you recommend adding a wrap tape around the handle for more grip security, or would a good pair of gloves be enough?

Asked by: Mandy Fish
Ice axe sizing is determined by your height. You can find more information about ice axe sizing online here:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-04
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