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alpinerock


Oct 27, 2003, 4:59 PM
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I saw a pair of DMM Flys today for 100 bucks, they are new as in never been used. I'm just wondering if there is a reason why they would be only 100? are they a crappy axe or just older? Any input appreciated


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When I was shopping for tools, I got a chance to try them once. They seemed OK, but they're definitely not high-end tools (in my non-expert opinion). They're going for well over a $100 a tool, so $100 for a brand-new pair is a steal. But the real question is not whether they are right for YOU at that price. If you get them and then decide a month later that what you really want is, say, a pair of cobras, then you've just blown $100 (though you could recover some or all of this by reselling them).

Also see http://www.summitpost.com/show/gear_reviews/product.pl?product_id=69


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The Fly is an excellent tool. It makes an even better tool for women or kids because it's got a super light swing and it's not a battle axe.

The bad thing about the fly is that it only has a 1 piece adze/pick hammer/pick combo so if you break the pick you have to replace the adze and pick at once. This isn't a big deal as picks don't break often and the DMM pick is only a few dollars more than other brands picks. The real drawback is the size of the replacement makes it hard to carry a spare on a alpine climb. If your just cragin this isn't an issue.

Overally the fly is a really nice tool comparable to the Rage or Axar but with a lighter swing. For $100 you'd be a fool not to pick these tools up. I can't even think of a set of tools you can get for $100 to get started.


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[quote="pico23"]
The bad thing about the fly is that it only has a 1 piece adze/pick hammer/pick combo so if you break the pick you have to replace the adze and pick at once. This isn't a big deal as picks don't break often and the DMM pick is only a few dollars more than other brands picks.


I don't know about now, but from what I remember when I was pricing things out, the DMM component prices were low enough that it getting the pick/adze combo was pretty close to getting just a pick or adze by itself from BD.
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The picks displace too much ice for my tastes. But at $100 for a pair you can't go wrong. They make for a pretty good beginner tool.


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I think the DMM pick is about $30 and the CM 4x4 is about $25. Overall not much difference when you consider with good technique a pick should last at least a full season.


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