5 out of 5
The gold standard
September 16, 2011
I've been climbing with Black Prophet tools ever since I started climbing ice in 1997. Back in those days it was pretty much the best tool for the money. I tried other tools,but nothing ever felt as solid as those. My partner at the time had just gotten some carbon fiber prophets, and for a few seasons, those were pretty cool. Then came the cobras. Another partner of mine had tried them, telling me: You don't want to try them, because then you'll want them. I tried them, and I thought they were pretty awesome, but couldn't see spending the coin, when my prophets were almost as good. When the new cobras came out a few years ago, I decided to get one. It was so light, it felt like a toy, but wow, did it work nice. I've climbed the past two seasons with a leashed black prophet on one hand, and a leashless cobra on the other. This was my setup, and it worked great. A few days ago, I just received my second cobra. I'm looking forward to a productive season.Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, weight
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The ultimate ice tool!
January 11, 2011
I purchased these ice tools to replace an old pair of Aztars, to use in AI as well as in WI. The cobras are incredible. The light weight is very nice on long routes and most of the weight is in the head, which makes for a nice swing. They shine on steep ice and I am using them leach-less, a new experience for me. This is an expensive item but it is worth every dollar. Love them!Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance