Grivel Matrix Tech
Light as a feather, sticks like Superglue. Versatile…
Price Paid: $175
Light as a feather, sticks like Superglue. Versatile - designed as leashless, but throw on a set of Androids and you're good to go. Pinkie rest is actually useful, better than the "fang" on other tools. Swing is balanced and solid, penetration is excellent. The double curve shaft supports good wrist position and adds versatility (wrap a little hockey tape on the shaft for grip).
The hammers are essentially useless for driving/ pounding, but are reasonably functional for mixed climbing.
Have used Simond, Petzl and BD... these are the best steep ice tool I've used to-date. The carbide tip is ok but these tools don't lend well to alpine: order an adze (if you can find it) or consider a more basic tool for big climbs.
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Grivel Matrix Tech with Ice HammerThe Grivel Matrix Tech with Ice Hammer is an ideal product to take with you on your next mountaineering adventure. The product's chromoly steel is strong and durable so no matter how difficult the terrain, you can be rest assured that your ice pick will pull through. Since it comes fitted with a hammer, it can cut through and sink into thick ice without you having to put in much effort. The straight lower section makes it easier for you to handle the ice pick and decreases the effort it takes to puncture ice. With the reverse positive blade, your pick gets a better grip on the ice, so you can maneuver conveniently when you are on tricky ground. The Grivel Matrix Tech with Ice Hammer is an ergonomic ice pick that will back you up on your hiking escapades.
The Matrix Tech is an ideal choice for climbers who prefer the reduced weight and easy handling of an extremely technical tool that retains all the characteristics of a Grivel ice axe. Weighs only 565 grams!This product will be shipped directly from Grivel and will leave their warehouse in 2-3 business days. Eligible for UPS ground shipping only.
Grivel's Matrix Tech Ice Tool tackles steep, technical ice and mixed alpine climbs with a highly curved shaft and leashless design. A large hole in the pommel provides a place to clip tethers, so you can get the full advantage of leashless climbing without risking a dropped tool from high on the face. Grivel's X Monster hot-forged pick withstands all the abuse that the mountains dish out on a set of tools. Best of all, the Matrix Tech Ice Tool puts smiles on the faces of all you ounce-counting alpinists out there with its low 20oz weight.
Used on the North face of the Eiger during a winter ascent and on frozen waterfalls throughout Norway, Grivel's Matrix Tech Ice Tool with adze is tough technical tool that saves on weight, weighing in at only 1 lb 4 oz. Bite into ice with the hot-forged chromolly steel head - your wrist is kept in a comfortable, neutral position by the double-angulated shaft that provides an increased head opening for easier traction.
- Mountain Gear