Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Rage
Manufacturer Black Diamond
Page By GuitarWIzard
Page Type Jun 4, 2002 / Jun 4, 2002
Object ID 337
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Ice. It’s ever-changing, ever-evolving and ever-demanding. It’s in the domain of difficult ice that your tools take over where your forearms give out—so be choosy in your selection. You want a tool with a balanced swing that sticks into ice like a dart. A tool that’s predictable and made of bomber materials—with enough clearance for those (deep breath) overhangs and bulges. That’s why there’s the Rage. With it’s modular 17-4 investment-cast steel head and lightweight 7075 extruded shaft—you get a combo of durability and high performance. The Rage’s high-clearance shaft lets you clear cauliflowered ice, hook over protrusions and penetrate the ice like it was mere Styrofoam®. Equipped with the Cobra pick, you get every state-of-the-art feature you could ask for… without a hefty price tag.
  • Hhigh-clearance shaft clears protrusions with ease and reduces shaft "bounce back"
  • Textured, molded rubber grip is easy to hang on to and fights fatigue
  • User-friendly tool that excels on both hard ice and alpine climbs
Manufacturer Announcements:
  • April 12, 2002: Mfg Order 1149 series recall (300 units) due to shaft breakage at grip/shaft interface [ BD Announcement ]
  • Skyward Mountaineering (2002): Ice Climbing Equipment List - Top Pick (2 stars out of 3)



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Vinny - Jul 10, 2002 7:44 am - Voted 5/5

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Great tool, also versatile for alpine- bottom pick is fine in softish snow.

A detachable leash is worth investing in.

Steve Larson - Jan 22, 2007 10:39 pm - Voted 4/5

Versatile, quality tool
I've used my Rage on alpine ice and water ice, and I like its weight, balance, and ability get a good stick. It works OK when plunging the shaft. A good all-around tool at a reasonable price.

Felsberg - Jan 27, 2007 3:43 am - Voted 5/5

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i've had these tools for a few years now and have highly enjoyed them in that time. i have used them on steep alpine snow and vertical water ice - and i think they perform well as an all around alpine tool. they seem a little heavier than similar tools (which some like) and are sturdy and versatile. other tools i have tried and liked are the petzl aztar and the BD viper. the aztar seems much like the rage but is a little lighter, the rage however has the little lip on the bottom for your fingers to rest on, a nice addition. If I were going to buy tools just for vertical ice i would have chosen the BD viper with fangs, but i wanted something more versatile for the alpine - these tools were a good choice.

Jeroen Vels - Sep 11, 2007 1:48 pm - Voted 5/5

Great alpine tool
I've used these tools for 6 years now and I still love'm! They withstand a lot of abuse in the alpine terrain but also work great on a WI4 climb. Although on the latter routes the shaft might be a little more curved, but hey, what do you expect.

GCutforth - Apr 1, 2008 11:39 pm - Voted 4/5

Great All Around Tools
These were the first tools that I bought and they never disappointed. I found the swing more natural on more varied ice than the Vipers. They were great on low angle as well as steeper terrain but the Vipers, in my opinion, are superior on vertical ice.

These tools are durable and wth the slider leashes are great in the alpine. I will turn over my Vipers for new tools for vertical hard water, but I will be keeping my Rages for there versatility and durability.

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