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Turbo Express Ice Screw

Turbo Express Ice Screw

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Turbo Express Ice Screw

Manufacturer: Black Diamond

Your Opinion: 
 - 10 Votes


Page By: tommi

Created/Edited: Jan 21, 2007 / Jan 21, 2007

Object ID: 1821

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Product Description

The Turbo Express is Black Diamonds fastest placing screw

In desperate situations, every second counts.
Quick to bite and easy to crank in, the Express screw features a foldable speed-drive knob that is color-coded for quick length identification and offers uninterrupted 360° motion.
The Turbo Express is built in five lengths because sometimes it’s thin and other times you have to drill deep for the solid ice.
The 13 – 22 cm screws are CE-certified, 10 cm is not. Patented (pg. 56).


Lengths of the screws:
10 cm
13 cm
16 cm
19 cm
22 cm



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tommiEasy to use

Voted 5/5

Very easy to place and very sharp. I like these screws
Posted Jan 21, 2007 2:43 pm

Steve LarsonStill my favorite

Voted 5/5

What I like best about these screws is their ease of placement. They start easily and go in fast. They also rack well. I'm of mixed opinion on the folding handle. Sometimes they fold up on me while I'm trying the screw them in, but I like the way they fold out of the way while racking. One less thing for slings, etc. to snag on.
Posted Jan 26, 2007 7:01 pm

Dan DaltonHand downs the best...

Hasn't voted

really sharp teeth and quick placement, I like these far better than the Helix or 360 by Grivel or the Petzl screws. Not as bulky either and easy to rack. Great ice pro, BD has done it once again!

Posted Aug 28, 2007 8:43 pm

Jeroen VelsGOOD screw

Hasn't voted

Good screw that stays sharp for a long time. After many seasons my screws are still shiny. Dry'm off after climbing so rust gets no change.
The handle is great. Don't buy screws without them. Altough ini hard ice they can be a bit small to handle with thick gloves on.

Superb product!
Posted Dec 11, 2007 2:23 pm

GCutforthSecond Place

Voted 4/5

These are great screws and as everyone points out, they rack really well.

Given a choice I would take the Grivel 360 everytime. They are significantly more versatile and efficient than any other screw including Grivel's Helix.

The BD Turbo Express is a great screw and I keep 2 in shorties as the 360 is too hard to start in the shorter sizes. Beyond that it is the 360 everytime.
Posted Mar 31, 2008 10:17 pm

JonathanGriffithAnother review here..

Voted 5/5

Hi guys. A great ice screw indeed especially the new 2008 version. I have put some thoughts down here for those interested
happy climbing

Posted May 17, 2008 11:43 am

Mister WhiteGood!!

Hasn't voted

Super to place, easy to rack. My favourite
Posted Nov 27, 2008 4:46 am


Voted 5/5

i couldn't ask for a better screw! the teeth are razor sharp and bit into even hard i've with ease. in the end, everyone is going to claim one screw is better than the other for various reasons. i prefer these over grivel screws as they rack easier... but other than that, both are extremely good!
Posted Mar 16, 2009 4:55 am

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