Grivel X Monster

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I've used these axes in mixed conditions and on ice…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: borrowed it


I've used these axes in mixed conditions and on ice and found they perform very differently.


  • Decent on ice
  • Good aggressive bend
  • Very cheap


  • Heavy
  • Don't plunge
  • Uncomfortable handles

On ice they are the perfect level of aggressive and terrific for beginners as the price makes the sport a bit more accessible, and they are simple to use. Though a bit heavy, they have a good swing, and are very comfortable to hold. Grip tape on the upper handle is essential, but easily added.

The picks are very durable, and can take a great deal of abuse.

On mixed and rock these perform rather poorly. The sheet metal shaft has a habit of bending severely when attempting to torque, and stein pulls feel risky. I almost bent mine while attempting a torque move. While this is really only a problem when dry tooling it should be considered. I also felt that while they had a great swing straight into ice and snow, they were rather clumsy for placement on rock, or anything that didn't involve plunging them down. AsĀ 

The heavy head, with the thin shaft felt a bit off balance compared to a quark, or a viper.

All that being said if you aren't intending to use them very much for mixed, and intend to mostly ice climb on straight forward routes they are perfect and brilliant value.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Grivel's X Monster page.

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Here's what other sites are saying:

Grivel X-Monster Ice Tool with HammerThe Grivel X-Monster Ice Tool with Hammer is a great choice for your treks and hikes in snow and ice-covered terrain. Thanks to its bulletproof design, this ice tool is sturdy, tough, and suitable for rough usage outdoors. It has a flat shaft design which enables it to crack placements, with ease. The axe has an aggressively toothed, replaceable tip, which ensures a little effort for superior penetration into the thick, ice-covered landscape. Its integrated hammer makes it multi-functional. Additionally, this tool has an insulated rounded handle, which keeps your hands warm, as you trek and climb. Weighing just 1 lb., carrying this ice-axe is an easy task, even as you scale those snow-capped peaks. The Grivel X-Monster Ice Tool with Hammer is ideal for all the winter treks that you have planned!

- SunnySports

The Grivel X Monster is a new-wave ice tool for climbers who want the advantages of leashless climbing without dropping their whole bank roll on gear. In contrast to the original Monster, which is a mixed-specific tool, the X Monster is designed primarily for ice climbing. Its multiple handle positions allow easy swinging, matching, and hooking on both ice and rock.


Free Shipping. Grivel X Monster Ice Axe FEATURES of the Grivel X Monster Ice Axe Hot Forged: Yes Blade Type: Changeable+reverse positive Shovel / Hammer: Shovel Resistance: CE-PPE2 Shaft Grip: Yes THE SPECS of the Grivel X Monster Ice Axe Material: Chromolly Steel Weight: 24.5 oz. Length: 47 cm.

- Moosejaw

Pushing the bar in the vertical ice realm, the XMonster Leashless Tool from Grivel allows the climber's imagination to run wild thanks to its versatile multi-grip design, flexible shaft and thin pick for fragile ice. A new breed of tool for the modern climber.

- Mountain Gear