All the accepted rules about climbing equipment were upset during the 2004-2005 season by Monster. Lots of Grivel competitors tried to stop this stampede even using underhand methods. But the concept was right and today the less extreme X Monster has arrived. The shaft is slightly straighter and the grip is better for vertical walls – the Monster on the other hand was perfect for overhangs – its multi-grip design lets the climber’s imagination run wild. A thinner pick for fragile ice. A shorter pick as the continuity between pick and shaft can anchor in deep as there’s nothing to stop the blade fitting in between two columns or in narrow cracks. The flexible shaft that so many climbers have recently discovered makes anchoring into cracks, including non vertical ones, easier and safer. Just remember the progress made on changing from rigid to flexible vaulting poles! The rear is almost a hammer shaped like “nuts”, ideal for anchoring and torqueing in larger cracks on mixed terrain, or with the a more classic shovel. A hole in the shaft can be used to attach a leash. Tiny anti slip claw at the end of the shaft. Modern graphics and accessible prices for those with limited funds typical of today’s younger generation. CE certification as a category 2 PPE.
Rated 5 out of
best bang for your buck out there.I love this simply because i can get two for the price of one nomic. And the nomic is nowhere near twice as good as this tool. This tool has all you need to get started and is bombproof. It's heavy compared to other tools out there, who cares, it will make you stronger . If budget is your concern about getting on some ice then this is the tool for you, but do not mistake me, this tool is far above budget as far as quality. Also, the balance is great, because of the weight of the tool, compared to my lighter matrix tech's or other tools i've swung, you have to swing less because it sticks better.
Date published: 2014-03-08
Rated 4 out of
A dang good setup for the money, dig in!Was actually surprised noone else reviewed these. I bought one from moosejaw(with the adze) and one from someone else(with a hammer as it wasn't avail at moosejaw), almost 3 years ago. I've used these in the ravines on Mt Washington, across the knife edge of Katahdin, on the overrun on Mt Logan. For being budget priced they have held up incredibly. I've changed out the picks on both of them, once, due to wear and tear. But along with my Mount Bianco basic... these come out with me every winter, every time
Date published: 2013-06-03
Rated 4 out of
Great inexpensive tools.I bought these on a gamble that I might like them, even though ive read some mixed reviews. Originally i was planning on using them for early/late season climbing when the conditions arent ideal, but i pretty much used them straight through last season, over my charlet mosers, which i love.
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 5 out of
Great Product for the priceI bought these ice tools and they work great and are pretty bomb proof. For the price they are the best thing going.