Ice Tools

Brands

Grivel
Petzl
CAMP
Cassin
Black Diamond
Trango
Stubai
Simond
DMM
SMC

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Ice Tool Reviews

Chouinard Equipment Blue Composite Shaft Ice Axe w/Curved Pick

rated 5 of 5 stars This ice axe is ergonomic and balanced. This ice axe is well balanced and has an ergonomic curve to ease its use. Chouinard is an old and well known  company which stays on top in tune with the times. I had a Chouinard/Frost bamboo handle technical axe since 1972; and I recently parted with it.   Full review

CAMP X-Dream

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Ice climbing dream. For pure WI these are my favorite ice tool to date. The slim pick usually is a one swing wonder, which makes steep climbs less tiring. With my Nomics I feel like I have to battle-axing in to the ice, but not the X-dream even with the "mixed" pick. The handle has two positions ice and Mixed, I keep mine on the ice setting.  The difference is that the mixed sets the handle angle a bit more aggressive.  My only gripe is the little adjustable plastic grip rest on the upper shaft,… Full review

Black Diamond Reactor

rated 4 of 5 stars A great overall ice tool. A bit on the heavy side. Very versatile, leashless tool. Ease of Use: These tools are angled well and ergonomically help you with overhanging ice and help even the novice climber (like myself) get over ice bulges on vertical ice. They are well constructed and the tips are replaceable.  There is a small eye near the top of the shaft that would allow a carabiner or leash to be used if you had to do something different with them. They are slightly heavy — go with the Grivel… Full review

Grivel X Monster

rated 3 of 5 stars I've used these axes in mixed conditions and on ice and found they perform very differently. 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… Full review

Black Diamond Fusion

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is going to be a bit of a comparison between the Petzl Nomic and the Fusion. I have been using both now for the last three years, these are my conclusions. For pure steep ice I prefer the Nomic. It swings less like a battle ax (Fusion being the battle ax) and the pick sticks more securely but yet is easy to remove. BD has some catching up on with their pick tech. The Fusion alway seem to take more effort to get a solid stick, and when it's in it takes a bit to get the pick dislodged. For mixed… Full review

Petzl Quark

rated 5 of 5 stars New design works even better.  Fully adjustable modular construction allows for a tool that works great in alpine, ice falls, snow. The 3mm tapered pick head seems to always find its place in the ice with often the first strike.  Grips can be removed to plunge the snow better, if so desired. (550g) Has good clearance on steep ice to save you knuckles.  Best ice tool I have ever used. Full review

Cassin X-Alp

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I've bought my new Cassin X-Alp 6 mounts ago and they are great. I've tried them on WI 4-5 even on WI 6 and they were fabulous. I would put them on the same line with Petzl Quarks, just find the handle with finger guard and they would be just perfect for any type of climbing. Previously i had DMM Fly, Simond Naja, also used Quark and Nomic... but i can't compare it with X-Alp. For the money they give the most universal of these ice axes and i just love them a because of that. Although their usage… Full review

Black Diamond Fusion

rated 5 of 5 stars My Nomic is a Fusion. When leashless became the new game and all the companies started pouring out new axes to go outside and overhang on mixed routes, and when we all started needing more clearance from our ice axes Black Diamond invented the Fusion.  For 5 years now (give or take) they taken me everywhere. Perfect? Untrue. Best tool ever made for dry tooling? Yes, after a few tweaks. I started by adding micro hammer heads, always useful for putting in the "once in a while" pitons. And hockey… Full review

Chouinard Equipment Blue Composite Shaft Ice Axe w/Curved Pick

rated 5 of 5 stars Last of a series of 4 ice tools, on a "30+ year test". This one lasted longer then the Co did! Sorry Yvon, me without a "smart remark somewhere in the short series" would scare others... (besides, the incident was nothing to do with you or your co anyway... legalese word games.... my opinion anyway...) In this 30+ year test drive, touched on the Simond Chacal, MacInnes-Peck Terrordactyl, and the Forest Moljner.  This leaves the High Quality Pretty Blue Chouinard Ice Axe (did it make up for the… Full review