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Gear Talk: Black Diamond Fuel Ice Tool

David Crothers January 16, 2014 Gear Talk

It is official, Black Diamond Equipment will unveil their new ice tool they are dubbing the Fuel at Outdoor Retailer next week. We’ll be there and get the full scoop and more information. It doesn’t look like the shaft will be carbon. Instead it will be a hyrdoformed single piece of aluminum. No idea when they will be released but I assume they’ll be available for Fall 2014. In a brief press release, BD had this to say:

“Black Diamond introduces the Fuel ice tool, featuring a lightweight shaft hydroformed from a single piece of aluminum for a lighter feel, superior swing and better handling. ‘No one else in the industry is doing anything like the Fuel’s one-piece hydroformed shaft,’ says Kolin Powick, Black Diamond’s new Category Director for Climbing Equipment. “It’s a quiver of one for the modern winter climber.’ “

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  • Cheech

    Looks sweet, no hammer though. What about alpine/Hyalite style piton pounding?

  • Charles Miske

    It’s not clear in the article – is that photo a real tool, or an artist rendering?

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  • Yannick Lockhead

    Sweet looking tool. The pick looks different than the fusion or laser.

  • Rallo

    to me it looks 99% Fusion. They swapped colours of course …and lightweight?? they called the Fusion also “lightweight”, but everything beyond 600gr is far away to be called lightweight. it probably will be a good workhorse :-)

  • Charles Miske

    Great – thanks for that link

  • Peter Flanagan

    I thought BD would have solved the issue with the bolt at the head of the Axe! more streamline! less likely to round when you have your tool Jammed in cracks. This is a flaw!, I’ve address this issue with my own Fusion 2 and now enjoy quick changes of my picks.
    The other issue I had was with the rubber on the handle, to soft at the back, leads to it being ripped to shreds in Scottish winter. For BD to continue to be the best, they should encompass the whole of Europe and what the Tool is going to be used for.