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  • Redesigned head features a more aggressive pick and better ergonomics than the original Raven Pro; also features a larger hole for clipping a carabiner
  • Raven Pro's 7075-T6 aluminum shaft cuts weight without sacrificing strength
  • Curved adze allows a natural swinging arc; great for chopping steps and clearing snow and ice
  • Investment cast stainless-steel spike bites into snow and ice; features a narrow profile for speed control and a wide side profile for stopping power when glissading

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Specs

Best Use Mountaineering
Material(s) Stainless-steel head and spike/aluminum 7075-T6 shaft
Pick Shape Classic Curve
Shaft Shape Straight
Weight
55 cm
377 grams
60 cm
392 grams
65 cm
407 grams
70 cm
422 grams
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Better hope you never need the adze I've carried this axe in the Andes, the Alps, and the Cascades. While the pick and shaft are perfectly adequate for self-arrest and as a cane, they went too far for weight saving and left a big hole in the adze blade just to save a few extra grams. I tried to dig with it to place a picket (hurrying to rig a rescue for a climber hanging in a crevasse on Mt. Baker) and the snow simply passed right through the hole. It was like eating soup with a fork. In some snow conditions it works better, but you don't get to choose your conditions when something serious happens on the mountain. Buy something with a SOLID adze blade instead; it's only a few grams difference and worth every gram for safety. I carry a Petzl Sum'Tec now and leave the Raven Pro at home.
Date published: 2013-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect mountain tool This thing is so light I often bring it even when I think a whippet alone will suffice. It also assume it is super strong too as I used a very similar previous version for many years and much abuse without ever feeling it wasn't capable of arresting a fall if arrest was possible. Basically, I always trust that this thing will not break. This cannot be said for some other axes I have used. Super light. I own the 55cm one only because the 50cm was sold out. I use it mostly as a ski mountaineering tool but also use it on rock approaches in the spring. Phenomenal axe. Light, strong, short and is perfect for my needs!
Date published: 2014-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Axe! I have been using this axe for 7 years and have been on Mt. Rainier, and many Colorado 14ers. This axe saved my life while climbing Little Bear Peak when I self arrested in the hourglass couloir on ice. I have had to actually self arrest 5 times in my life and this axe has performed great each time.
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight Ice Tool This is the ice tool to take when you don't really want to take an ice tool, basically when you are going rock climbing where there may be some hard snow to deal with on the way to or from the rock route. It's really light and will make an early morning approach, like you might find in the Bugaboos, much safer and less stressful. This is way better than grabbing a sharp rock or nut tool when you may need to self arrest.
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mountain axe I carry this axe in my day pack always, for one it makes a great walking stick because it is light, two you can chop brush with it if you are in the thick, you can also dig holes with it, stoke your fire, and even kill a rattlesnake with it :-). This is just an all around great addition to a hiker that pushed the limits and goes off trail. It really shines when you are on loose gravel or mountain side that are loose. Also works great as a stretching tool on long hikes when you are hunched all day. i would not buy the carabiner and rope attachment as the carabiner rusts very quickly
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect for snow climbing, glacier travel, and light mountaineering A mountaineering axe is not a piece of gear that needs to be replaced frequently, if ever. But as a seasoned (i.e. graying) outdoor instructor looking to shed weight from my pack, I chose the Raven Pro to replace the axe that had taken me to many high places on three continents over a span of decades. It's hard parting with an old friend. But after looking at every model on the market, I'm delighted to make a new friend: my Raven Pro. Onward and upward my friend!
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough as nails. Very tough and useful piece of equipment. I use it mostly for backcountry touring. Handy for getting up and across a snow field, hacking out ice/snow in camp and when getting down a particularly steep slope. Very light so doesn't weigh down the pack or arms.
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light, Bomber, Versatile I have taken these all over the world, love how light, versatile, and bomber they are. Another no brainer for the quiver of sweet tools for adventure.
Date published: 2013-06-24
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