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Cobra ice axe

Company: Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd.

Industry: Manufacturing

The marriage of form and function takes ice climbing to a new level

In the world of mountaineering, every ounce counts. But so do strength and reliability. Black Diamond Equipment brought industrial design principles and modern technology to the creation of Cobra, a revolutionary ice axe that is stronger, lighter, and more comfortable to use than anything the climbing world had seen before. Using fluid digital sketching, Black Diamond Equipment was able to reach an optimal balance of ergonomics and practicality. The shaft ergonomically shifts the tool’s weight precisely to where it’s needed, making for a more balanced swing and safer, more adventurous climbs.