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.
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Aptly named, the C.A.M.P. Cassin X-Dream Ice ToolX-Dream not only features three different picks to change the axe for ice or mixed climbing, but it also incorporates a patented adjustment system in the handle to fine tune the swing and torque even further. A quick turn of the allen bolt above the grip allows the tools to be switched between Dry and Ice positions by changing the angle of the handle in relation to the angle of the pick. In the Dry position, the handle kicks upward for a more down and out pull. The Ice position drops the handle for a more natural swing. The picks function much the same way. The Dry pick features a more aggressive downward curve at the tip while the Ice pick has a more traditional flatter beak for vertical ice. Both picks feature same angle for optimal performance on all angles of mixed and ice climbing. They are designed to provide solid sticks with minimal penetration making them the perfect choice for brittle ice and techy mixed terrain. Climbers can further refine the X-Dream with the micro-adjustable trigger finger ledge (choose from two inserts that can be flipped over to adjust the position). T-rated Shaft. B-rated Pick.
For ultimate high mountain versatility and stability, the X-Dream Ice Tool is a hyperlight, interchangeable dry and ice tool. With the adjustment system in the handle you can fine tune the swing and pull, and with a quick turn of the allen bolt, the tool is switched between dry and ice positions, giving you multiple options on varied terrain.
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With its patented handle design that allows you to fine tune the swing angle, the Cassin X-Dream Ice Tool can be adjusted to excel on either mixed terrain or pure ice formations, eliminating the need to own multiple sets of tools. The included Mixed Pick features an aggressive curve that is ideal for technical dry tooling, and the generous pommels make matching sequences a breeze.