Black Diamond has done it again!
Their latest and greatest Reactor Ice Tool could be the best ice climbing tool on the market.
Over two years BD’s R&D team developed and refined this axe with their athletes. The end result… sold out! Our inside scoop let us know the Reactor will be available again soon. But it just goes to show they’ve come up with another winner.
Key Nuggets that Set the Black Diamond Reactor Apart:
The Reactor climbs steep, mixed and moderate waterfall ice well and converts to an alpine machine simply by swapping out the head for BD’s alpine adze or hammer.
Swing and Weight
A steel head & aluminum shaft combo gives the Reactor a well-balanced swing with good driving power.
Generously bent for clearance over bulges.
Refined and innovative. An adjustable insert makes the grip more comfortable for different hand sizes. An upper grip is versatile for mixed climbing and ice climbing.
A new design makes it like “a needle going in and out of the ice,” explains BD’s Colin Powick in this quick video (along with some good ice climbing footage from Austria).
Basically, like-a-needle means BD shortened and thinned their classic ice pick to create a more precise and penetrating Reactor pick.
If you’ve climbed on and like BD Fuels or Cobras you’ll love Reactors.
We do! And, we’re stoked to get them into the hands of Chicks for all our upcoming ice and mixed climbing clinics.