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Ice climbing dream. For pure WI these are my favorite…
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $375
Ice climbing dream.
- Penetrates ice extremely well.
- Pulls out of the ice well.
- Handles are very comfy to hold.
- Pick durability
- Adjustable plastic rest
For pure WI these are my favorite ice tool to date. The slim pick usually is a one swing wonder, which makes steep climbs less tiring. With my Nomics I feel like I have to battle-axing in to the ice, but not the X-dream even with the "mixed" pick. The handle has two positions ice and Mixed, I keep mine on the ice setting. The difference is that the mixed sets the handle angle a bit more aggressive.
My only gripe is the little adjustable plastic grip rest on the upper shaft, I broke one off the first day out. However just take them off there are not needed anyway for ice.
For mixed climbing they do very well, BUT the picks take a beating. After a few laps in one day the picks were beatup, bent and mushroomed. When compared to the BD green Fusions with Titan picks and the Nomics the X-dreams are thin and soft. The Fusion and Nomics are much better mixed durability, but the tradeoff is the fatter picks are not as good on pure ice.
For ice climbing I give the X-Dreams a solid 5.
For mixed I give them a 4 star, they do very good but just be prepared to burn through picks.