Coming out in Fall 2014 is Black Diamonds Fuel Ice Tool. It promises to handle rock, ice and overhanging terrain.

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It took a year and a half to develop the Fuel which Black Diamond likes to say combines the best performance of the Cobra (BD’s carbon fiber tool) and the modularity of the BD Fusion.

The Fuel is made from a single piece of hydroformed aluminum. They claim this makes for a lighter feel, superior swing and better handling.

It has a handle that offers multiple grip options as the grip includes spacing washers to customize the grip to different hands sizes or gloves accommodations.

The head has dry tool blades and comes equipped with a higher performance thin blade ice pick with a decreased pick angle to improve the performance on ice.

Black Diamond Fuel Ice Tool

This is certainly BD’s response to the Petzl Nomic which has been dominating the dry-tooling/ice climbing market.

If you haven’t seen all the new 2014 climbing gear yet, be sure to check out our Winter 2014 New Gear Post.

If you have any questions about this tool, let us know in the comments and we’ll find you the answers!

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Alison Dennis

Alison Dennis

Alison (she/her) runs WeighMyRack from her 17' travel trailer. She is currently touring the US and would love if you contacted her to meet up to talk about climbing, climbing gear, or if you have any fun and/or ridiculous adventure in mind.

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