Grivel Quantum Tech
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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Wipe out hard ice barriers on the terrain without difficulty once you own the Quantum Tech with Ice Hammer from Grivel. Excellent for leashless climbing, the Quantum Tech's hot forged chromoly steel construction offers tremendous strength and reduces internal porosity to keep you safe on the way up. Carbon fiber composite shafts helps minimize vibrations to lessen ice shattering while pommel strike allows improved traction when positioning the tool. Also features a blend of rubber and carbon fibers that maintains hand warmth while holding on to the shaft. Experience an accident-free ice climbing adventure with 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.
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.
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