Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe

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Long and burly like the avy professionals and pro patrollers it's meant for, the Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe 300 is a full-length, all-aluminum probe with beefed up 12.5 mm tubes and the tried-and-true Quickdraw deployment system.

Product Details

Construction

Durable all-aluminum construction

Dimensions

Extended Length300 cm; 118 in

Features

Oversized, durable alloy tip improves probing sensitivity by creating a hole wider than the probe shaft.

Rapid deployment stuffsack integrates with probe pull cord for one-pull readiness.

QuickDraw ferrule speed cone system deploys quickly and securely.

1 cm markings for accuracy in reporting snow data

Weight334 g, 11.8 oz

Specs

  • Probe Length (cm): 300
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Warranty: 1 Year More 

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Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe
 
4.9

(based on 21 reviews)

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cobras

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

Carbon. Mmmmmm.... Nothing absorbs vibration, is as "smooth," and all-around bomber strong as Carbon cobras. I put hundreds of high-abuse pitches on mine every year, ranging from WI easy to WI really hard spray and mixed routes, and never even think about these tools, they just work. I've climbed M11 on 'em, alpine routes, just the best all-around technical tool going. In picked-out warm ice any tool will work OK, but get on something with fresh ice up high in the mountains and advantages of having the best possible tool are apparent really fast. Note--I am biased as I worked on the design of these tools, but I helped make them so they work well! Will Gadd

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Ice Tools Great Balance

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from Jackson, WY

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

I have had my Cobras for 14 years. I have used them in Alaska, Colorado, Canmore and Wyoming. They have very good balance which makes it easy to be precise and stick your picks. I am not a good rock climber, but between these tools and Jeff Lowe's Ice Climbing instructions I have climbed WI 5 routes and glaciers. I used the Petzl Trigrest for Sum'tec to add pinky rests. Also, Thanks BD for bringing your gear production back to the USA. I feel safer buying camalots, again.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Performs excellent on all ice difficulties

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from Anchorage, AK, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

These tools perform excellent on all difficulties and ice conditions. Excellent on lower angle WI 2/3, but equally effective on vertical ice. Most of the weight is concentrated in the head which allows for a very comfortable, wrist flick, swing. I tend to break a lot of ice with other tools, but I have seen a significant improvement with these tools. I own grivel quantums and cassin x-all mountains, and these are by far my favorite. Quantums are lighter, Cassins have more curve, cobras are the best. I love the stiffness of the shaft, they feel so strong and secure which will give you a confidence boost on difficult ice. Excellent in the alpine and capable on rock. Really no downside to these tools. Bonus, they look awesome.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best ice/alpine tool

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from Bellingham, WA, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

To put is simply they are the best all around tool out there. I have used several generations of tools (yes I started with Simond Chacal/Barracuda combo), and these tools are the best all around tool I have used. They are incredible for pure ice and/or alpine. I climbed to M7 mixed as well. They are very well balanced, and swing really well. If you climb mostly overhanging bolted rock, probably you'd be better off with a different tool, but I have used these on Stanley Glacier Headwall mixed route, and they performed really well.

 
5.0

Love em...

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from Canadian Rockies

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

I have been ice climbing since just before the days of the McInnes/Peck Terrordactyls (which makes me a mature dude with a few miles of ice under my belt). I borrowed a set of these from a fellow guide and ice climbing guidebook author when teaching a course a while back. Wow! I immediately loved them and wondered why I had not tried them before. I have tried a lot of tools brought to classes by a lot of students but these Cobras made my eyes water. Nice balance that matched my swing perfectly. Light, not cold on the hands and good sticks. Easy to hang on to with good clearance over bulges. If you're looking for a solid, light, reliable tool that really works, do yourself a favor and try these.

 
4.0

A Good Choice for Alpine Ice

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from Louisville, CO, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

I own several generations of this ice tool. it has a fairly classic design, with the addition (in Gen2) of finger rests. The fact that the tools have (respectively) an adze and a north wall hammer means that these axes are highly functional in an alpine setting where I can find myself chopping rotten ice and using the occasional piton or picket. The pinky rest on the bottom of the shaft can get in the way of plunging the shaft in steep snow, but this isn't a deal breaker for this axe. I bought my Gen2 axes when the finish on the carbon fiber shafts of my Gen1 axes started to wear; I didn't want to end up with carbon fiber splinters in my hands, so my Gen1 axes are loaners and wall ornaments these days.

 
5.0

My tools of choice

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from Hong Kong

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

I have three sets of ice tools -- the Cobras, 2014 Vipers, and a set of Fuels. The Cobras are my go-to tool. They swing so well. The balance and weight just feel great in my hands. The carbon fiber shaft dampens impact more than the aluminum shaft of the Vipers. By swapping out leashes, picks, hammers and adze, and the strike and fang, I can customize these tools for the climbing goal of the day, whether that's dry tooling, mixed climbing, technical alpine, or blue water ice. They're fantastic! Of course, no tool is perfect. So, I need to also make suggestions for improvement. The grip is perhaps a slight bit small for my hands. So, BD, if you can make the grip size more customizable, that would be a good next step in tool evolution. The grip is the user-tool interface, and the more seamless that interface, the better.

 
5.0

So Precise, So Nice

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

This is an amazing tool. When you swing it, it sticks exactly where you want it to. Much more so than any other tool I've used. Much less ice shattering swings, and more just-right sticks. However, the Cobra is not as good as tools with more aggressively curved shafts for getting over/around bulges in the ice. If the ice is steep or you need to use the spike more like an axe in an alpine situation, this is one of the best tools out there.

 
5.0

There is a reason that these are so popular

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from Winthrop, WA

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

A solid, light tool that swings well. This tool is well suited to alpine or waterfall ice. BD has a simple and effective head design that allows changing picks with ease. These carbon tools are quite light and really well balanced.

 
5.0

Excellent

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from British Columbia, Canada

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

These are the best tools that I have used for ice and rock. I have been using mine now for 3 years and they still perform great.

 
5.0

Love it!

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from Anchorage, AK

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

Love the grip, the swing, the stick, the removal. No frills tool that gets it done! Despite being carbon, my personal experience and that of others supports its bomber durability. Great all around tool that can get you up ice, mixed, and alpine with style. Capable dry-tooling as well.

 
5.0

Excellent

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from Bozeman, MT, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

These tools have such a great feel to them. They're lightweight, and the swing is easy. I love them!

 
5.0

Awesomeness

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from Anchorage, AK, USA

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

These ice tools are great, I've been using them for a season and climbed solid WI3+ with them from -10 to summer glacier climbing. They stick with the first flick and are solid. The carbon fiber soaks up the vibrations and every stick is bomber. They do feel a little on the heavy side, but having so little vibration from use more than makes up for this on multi-pitch climbs. Highly recommend giving them a go.

 
5.0

COBRA ICE TOOL

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from Colorado

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

After 7 Seasons with the Cobras, I still have not come across another tool that performs as well for me. Great balance, weight, security and precision in all terrain, This is the only set of tools I need.

 
5.0

Everything You Think They Are

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from Fort Collins, CO

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

I've put a solid season on my Cobras on both ice and rock and have not regretted the purchase. They are more expensive than other tools, but the price is well worth it. These tools are so light and comfortable that I find myself picking them up in the house all the time. They are light but heavy enough to achieve excellent swings and sticks. You'll thank yourself on that 100ft WI4 when your arms are not as tired. The dampening of the carbon is great, especially compared to a tool like the Viper or Fusion. I've beat the tool to death testing ice, scratched and wrenched the shaft locking into cracks, and besides minor blemishes the tool has held up like a champ. I'm really not sure how you could improve an all-around tool like this one. I've also found that the grip seems stickier than others I have tried. Changing picks in the field is also a breeze. Bottom line - BD has created an amazing tool for a variety of climbs.

 
5.0

WOW!

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from Jasper, AB

Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

I was still rocking an old pair of metal axes and using friend's different ones for a pitch to try different options. Tried renting a set of the cobras and saw a huge difference with all the other models! Weight of course but also precision and how secure they feel on placements! Bought a pair! Had only one concern towards Dry-tooling/mixed climbing with them... for straight up and ledges and vertical cracks and corners they are awesome but i had this route in mind which you have to stick your tool all the way in a horizontal crack till only the handle sticks out and use that as a chin up bar to cross from one fall to an overhanging ice curtain... carbon fibre is strong!!!! I was surprised as I crossed over matching hands on one to remove and replace the second, no bending, no cracking, apart from some aesthetic scratches on the shaft the tool held strong and in place with an awesome grip and great space for two hands!!! My doubts are now gone and i am trilled to take these puppies on some high alpine routes next!!! Lets see how far i can push them!

 
4.0

Nice Probe

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from Keystone, CO

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    Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

    I have not used it yet, but it seems very well made, and should work great!

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    5.0

    Worth the Upgrade from the Vipers

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    from Asheville, NC, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

    I have both the Cobras and Viper ice tools now. I originally thought the Cobras would be identical to the Vipers except the carbon fiber shafts. They ARE very similar, but there are some key differences. Shape: The Cobra shafts offer a tad more clearance, making it just a little easier to get over bulges. The grip on the Cobra is just a little different than the one on the Viper, shaped just a little different and is a bit more grippy. Weight: The Cobra's are lighter and in my opinion feel more balanced when swinging. Carbon Fiber: The Cobra shaft doesn't freeze my hands as bad as the aluminum Viper when directly gripping the shaft. The vibration dampening of the carbon fiber is also noticeable, it feels smoother and less fatiguing. Downsides: I can't believe how expensive the Cobras are! Although they are super durable, I feel like I am a little more careful with the carbon fiber and don't let it bash on rock as much as the Vipers when mixed climbing Overall: The Cobra and the Viper are almost identical. To me, the Cobras seem like an upgraded version. If price is a major factor in your product selection, then you can't go wrong with the Viper. If you can afford it and you want the very best, the Cobra is it.

     
    5.0

    Carbon Fiber Cobra

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    from kathmandu, Nepal

    Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

    From the onset, the Cobra with it's futuristic design and elegant construction has been a game changer in ice climbing. The leashless ergonomics are also superb and render it probably the best all around steep ice and alpine climbing tool.

     
    5.0

    Simply the best

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    from Bozeman, MT, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

    The best. The gold standard. Unbeatable. I've climbed tens of thousands of feet with my set of Cobras: water ice to big alpine routes in the Karakorum. Really, they are the best at just about everything. You could buy a specialized tool for drytooling or mixed, but for an all around tool that's strong, light, beautifully crafted and a reliable workhorse, this is it. Really.

     
    5.0

    Not THORS hammer

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    from Salt Lake City, UT

    Comments about Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Avalanche Probe:

    After climbing for years with a number of aluminum shaft tools I upgraded to the Cobra and immediately noticed the difference between carbon fiber. The Cobra Ice tool has that distinct impact feel with leash less functionality and extra clearance. Its not for hammering pitons, but would work, but a great Technical tool

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