Grivel Quantum Tech
I switched to this ax last winter from my Quarks.
Price Paid: $220
I switched to this ax last winter from my Quarks. This ax is lighter and has a much snappier swing (higher percentage of weight concentrated in the head). I climb leashless, so I haven't tried to put leashes on these - but they feel so solid I can't see the point of leashes on them. The head is super narrow so you can get easier swings and placements between icicles. They swing similar to the new cobras, but for about $100 less each.
Give the shafts a wrapping with electrical splicing tape (NOT regular electrical tape) to protect the carbon fiber and give you a more positive grip.
The only downside to these axes is that the hammer is non-existent. NOT the axe for you if you need to drive pitons.
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Grivel Quantum Tech with Ice HammerThe Grivel Quantum Tech with Ice Hammer ensures that no ice barrier is too much to cross, when you re out hiking or climbing in alpine conditions. It features a carbon fiber composite shaft that is an aerospace grade composite and helps reduce ice shattering through reduced vibrations. A hot-forged head and a hammer, made from chromoly steel, keeps it strong and minimizes internal defects. Its bottom clip-on point helps you attach tethers tightly and give you even more grip and prevent slipping. There is a Pommel spike provided to give you even more traction on slippery ice, for a secure, leash-less climbing experience. It is lightweight in design (1.2 lb.) and easy to carry in your pack or bag, on all your winter adventures. For a great time outside this winter indulging in your favorite winter activities, choose the Grivel Quantum Tech with Ice Hammer.
The ultimate axe for technical climbers, Grivel's Quantum Tech Ice Axe is a superlight technical tool made with aerospace grade composite.
Smartly designed for weight savings without compromise in strength, Grivel's Quantum Tech Ice Tool has a carbon composite design that incorporates a light alloy matrix for improved strength over carbon fiber alone. A reliably durable hot-forged steel head grabs ice with a vengeance and the rubberized shaft damps vibration.
- Mountain Gear
Grivel constructed the Quantum Tech Ice Tool with a carbon composite shaft to decrease weight and reduce ice-shattering vibrations for more one-swing sticks. At only 18 ounces, the Quantum Tech makes other ice tools seem like they're made out of iron. Whether you take on a steep pitch of ice or attempt a large alpine face, the Quantum Tech Ice Tool stands up to the abuse with its burly hot-forged X Monster pick. A large pommel on the bottom of the grip lets you run leashless with this Grivel tool, and a clipping hole accepts your tethers, so you never have to watch the Quantum fall from 20 pitches up a mountain.