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Arc Light


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Arc Light

Manufacturer: Black Diamond

Your Opinion: 
 - 2 Votes


Page By: Chucky

Created/Edited: Jul 29, 2002 / Jul 29, 2002

Object ID: 429

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The lightweight, narrow shaft never fatigues grip even with bulky gloves on. The teeth are plenty aggressive for climbing and for self-arresting. The adze is narrower than most which allows for better penetration in hard snow as well as making it easier to cut fast and solid steps. As an all-around mountain tool, this axe has zero weaknesses.


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ChuckyUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I purchased this heavy duty work horse of an ice ax from Adventure 16. Mine does not have a rubber grip, however, I did add a leash. It is not the lightest ice ax, but like its description says, it has no weaknesses and can work all day. I have used mine with no complaints. This is a straight forward ice ax designed for sustained use. I have no doubts or concerns about relying upon it to keep me or my climbing partners alive. UPDATE: On 13 September, I used this ax to help get to the summit of Mont Blanc du Tacul. It worked great!
Posted Jul 29, 2002 12:48 pm

Martin CashUntitled Review

Voted 3/5

This is Black Diamond's older model general mountaineering / self arrest ice axe. This axe is very durable and is available in lengths up to 80 cm for us tall guys. Works great as a walking aid on sideslopes (Oops, did I say that!). This axe performs all of the required self arrest, boot axe belays, and self belay techniques very well.

Downside: This axe is very heavy.

Do not buy this version with the handgrip. It makes plunging the shaft of the axe very difficult, and it will come off.
Posted Oct 31, 2002 8:09 am

Ed FArc Light

Hasn't voted

I call this axe "The Broadsword." It's a heavy duty axe that can take a hell of a beating. Of course, this all means that it's heavy.
Posted Jan 22, 2007 10:45 pm

jrnpdxSolid Axe

Hasn't voted

I have dragged this axe up several Cascades volcanoes. It's a solid performer. I used it to self arrest once when I jumped out of a glissade chute on Mt Adams. It brought me to a quick stop. Some people complain about the weight, but your axe is the life LINE of the mountaineer. I would rather carry an extra pound and not worry about my axe performing.
Posted May 1, 2016 8:00 pm

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