Forums: Climbing Disciplines: Alpine & Ice: Re: [shoo] best ice axes for beginners?: Edit Log


Jan 26, 2011, 9:28 AM

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Re: [shoo] best ice axes for beginners?
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shoo wrote:
fresh wrote:
shop around, but I would recommend getting a versatile tool. something you can use leashed or leashless, mixed or pure ice, and maybe even for plunging in the snow, if you're into that.

Eff that. Go leashless from day 1. You will be happy you did.

Honestly, you can't go wrong with pretty much any of the technical tools available from major manufacturers nowadays. They're all pretty damn good.

Tools I would try to play with before making a purchase:

Black Diamond:
Reactor. In my opinion, the best value for your money out there, especially if you like the offset handles
Viper. Also good value for money, nice if you want to try both leashed and leashless.
Cobra. In my opinion, the best swinging ice tool out there. Perfect if you are intending to climb pretty much exclusively on ice. Leashed or leashless. Also the most expensive tools out there.

Quark, new style. Really solid all-arounder anywhere from hard ice to alpine.
Nomic. In my opinion, the best ice and mixed tool out there. The new version is even more so. Unfortunately, they aren't really available right now.

I don't really know as much about Grivel's tools, but I always hear lots of good things about them.

ok, I think I've got my questions answered. I guess what i really meant are there tools that perform better on WI2-3 than at higher grades, but it seems if its good for hard stuff its good for easy stuff. Had a chance to try out the cobras since first post and they feel... i dont know, like they stick in place with each swing? that does that make sense? Maybe doubling my experience from 2 days to 4 helped that tho Unsure. I'm going to buy cobras, then if i ever find nomics buy them as well and keep one set to loan to to friends. Now how do i stop from looking like a huge douchebag using $300 tools on WI2/3??? Hockey tape i guess to hide them?

edited to add the obvious answer: get better, climb harder.

(This post was edited by amyas on Jan 26, 2011, 9:30 AM)

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Post edited by amyas () on Jan 26, 2011, 9:30 AM

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