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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

Top-Rated Ice Tools

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Chouinard Equipment
Blue Composite Shaft Ice Axe w/Curved Pick
reviewed Jan 31, 2014
discontinued
CAMP X-Dream
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
CAMP
X-Dream
reviewed Jan 2, 2014
$280
Black Diamond Reactor
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Reactor
reviewed Aug 19, 2013
$190 MSRP
Grivel X Monster
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Grivel
X Monster
reviewed Jun 18, 2013
$127 - $159
Black Diamond Fusion
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond
Fusion
reviewed Jan 20, 2012
$235 - $279
Petzl Quark
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl
Quark
reviewed Dec 15, 2011
$48 - $259
Cassin X-Alp
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cassin
X-Alp
reviewed Feb 21, 2011
$160 - $199
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Forrest
Mjolnir
reviewed Nov 17, 2010
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MacInnes-Peck
Terrordactyl
reviewed Nov 17, 2010
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Simond
Chacal
reviewed Nov 17, 2010
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel
Taa-K-Oon Alp
reviewed Aug 29, 2010
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Rage
reviewed Mar 22, 2009
discontinued
Grivel Matrix Tech
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel
Matrix Tech
reviewed Jan 8, 2009
$187 - $220
Grivel Quantum Tech
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel
Quantum Tech
reviewed Nov 10, 2008
$263 - $289
Grivel Racing Wing
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grivel
Racing Wing
reviewed Jan 18, 2007
discontinued
Petzl Nomic
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl
Nomic
reviewed Nov 16, 2006
$254 - $299
Black Diamond Viper
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Viper
reviewed Sep 25, 2006
$204 - $239
Grivel Lil' Monster
Grivel
Lil' Monster
$120
Grivel Reparto Corse Carbon Force Ice Axe
Grivel
Reparto Corse Carbon Force Ice Axe
$1,500
Black Diamond Fuel Ice Tool
Black Diamond
Fuel Ice Tool
$260
CAMP Alpax Special
CAMP
Alpax Special
$130 - $169
Grivel Alp Monster
Grivel
Alp Monster
$115 - $134
Grivel Quantum Light
Grivel
Quantum Light
$172 - $249
Grivel Matrix Light
Grivel
Matrix Light
$183 - $185
CAMP X-Alpine Kit
CAMP
X-Alpine Kit
$50
Trango Scorpion
Trango
Scorpion
$128 - $150
Trango Raptor
Trango
Raptor
$149 - $174
Stubai Hornet
Stubai
Hornet
$103
CAMP Cassin X All Mountain Ice Tool
CAMP
Cassin X All Mountain Ice Tool
$220
Cassin X-All Mountain
Cassin
X-All Mountain
$220
CAMP Ice Axe Spike Protector
CAMP
Ice Axe Spike Protector
$2
CAMP Alpax Replacement Ice Axe Head
CAMP
Alpax Replacement Ice Axe Head
$42
Grivel Reparto Corse Alloy Master Ice Tool
Grivel
Reparto Corse Alloy Master Ice Tool
$380
Petzl Ergo
Petzl
Ergo
$270 - $360
Black Diamond Cobra
Black Diamond
Cobra
$252 - $399
Grivel Force Alloy
Grivel
Force Alloy
$475
Petzl Ice Pick for Quark, Nomic, and Ergo
Petzl
Ice Pick for Quark, Nomic, and Ergo
$49 - $57
Grivel Xblade
Grivel
Xblade
DMM Rebel
DMM
Rebel
 
DMM
Fly Ice Tool
 
DMM
Apex/Switch Ice Hammer
DMM Anarchist
DMM
Anarchist
 
DMM
Apex Ice Tool
DMM Bulldog Pick
DMM
Bulldog Pick
 
DMM
Apex/Switch Ice Adze

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