Grivel X Monster
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
- 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. As
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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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 DECENT 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.
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.
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Effortlessly pierce through hard ice without the bulky sensation using the super strong X-Monster with Ice Hammer from Grivel. The ice tool's sturdy and bulletproof construction allows it to withstand extreme abuse for a very long time. Replaceable pick is toothed aggressively to enable excellent penetration even with minimal effort while flat shaft design provides you with several grip options to suit your preference. Also comes with an integrated hammer for added functionality and a rounder handle insulated to keep your hands warm while holding the axe. With the Grivel X-Monster with Ice Hammer, climbing on hard ice has never been this easy.