The Reactor is Black Diamond’s newest ice tool and was introduced on the market last winter. If you’re familiar with Black Diamond tools, then imagine a cross between the Black Diamond Fuel and the original Black Diamond Fusion.
It’s a technical tool designed to excel on steep ice, which it does, but to also be used for tricky mixed sections. The open angle gives it a smooth swing, one that doesn’t demand a big wrist flick, and allows you to drive it into ice, whether soft or brittle.
Like many tools these days, the offset grip helps you to fight the pump when moving through steep terrain. Unlike many extremely technical tools, the shape of the Reactor makes it perform well on less than vertical ice. The Reactor is one of the best tools available today and recommended for new and experienced climbers.
What Black Diamond Says
With its open pick angle and leashless design, the Reactor is optimized for pure ice climbing. The tool features a steel head with an aluminum side plate. The tool’s extruded aluminum shaft is combined with a dual density grip that is adjustable to fit all sizes of hands. The Reactor comes ready with the BD Natural Ice Pick.
– Open pick angle to make climbing ice a breeze
– Steel head with aluminum side plate
– Extruded aluminum shaft
– Innovative adjustable grip to fit all hand sizes
– Comes with BD Natural Ice Pick