/ DMM's all new ice axes (nearly) unveiled
The two new names in that little trailer the "Apex" and "Switch" a Nomic and Ergo-alike respectively?
So the range goes:
Looks interesting the Apex looks like a similar head angle to the Nomic but with a more pronounced hammer?
something in there had a huge curve to the shaft - like an ergo.
Wonder what the "totally new range of camming devices" will be - presumably they mean something other than the dragons, something smaller perhaps...
There is a PDF with lots more info http://dmmclimbing.com/documents/NewProducts2012LowRes.pdf
Wonder what the "totally new range of camming devices" will be - presumably they mean something other than the dragons, something smaller perhaps...
Or something that looks like a Wildcountry technical friend with a dragon stem on it :-)
Look exactly like that, 4CU head and the Dragon Stem.
So it is! Not that that is a bad thing, I always liked the way the 4cu/tech friends sat in placements. Wish I'd known the were coming before I splashed out on some dragons recently, I'd probably have prefered them...
Was hoping it might be something more techy like a re-designed 3CU or zero equivalent...
Shame the Fly still has that bulge on top of the blade
The pdf booklet says they are going to reshape the head of the fly after recent feedback.
no clipper leash attachments/method at all - interesting !
wot he said
C-, more research needed, look at the linked pdf document with photos
of course they could change it all !
Too much internet porn for you clearly.....
I wouldn't. The Photo's are of the current samples / pre-production versions. Doubt they'll change all that much.
Nice looking tools but I suspect those funky new handle will prove problematic; ice melts, water gets behind heat shrink on handle and fills holes, re freezes, expands and blows the insulating/grippy heat shrink off the handle. In built obsolescence, I guess.
So where's the Ergo/Force equivalent?
When are they on sale?
Looks like they. Have ditched the I beam construction of the Rebel which is a shame. It was quite unique and worked well, now they look like any other axe.
Maybe they thought there was no market for the Ergo realistically?
"Any" other axe? Or you mean a dead-ringer for the Nomic? I'm surprised they can get away with it. The designers at Petzl must be drowning in flattery.
I like DMM and their history etc, got various bits of their gear, but when they do something like that, for me it detracts from the brand, more so when they advertise their ''innovation" etc. I know people said the same thing about Dragons and Camalots.
Predators and Rebels were unique and successful designs that projected a strong, unique and innovative image for the brand, something a bit special. I understand it might be a tight market and options are limited, but Black Diamond and Grivel seem to be able to come up with their own unique designs that work well and sell well - just not DMM.
you mean a dead-ringer for the Nomic?
Is that because they use a dark matt finish?
It must be pretty difficult to make a tubular shafted aggressive ice axe that doesn't look like a nomic.
Lets not judge before anyone has seen a production version in the flesh.
> Is that because they use a dark matt finish?
> It must be pretty difficult to make a tubular shafted aggressive ice axe that doesn't look like a nomic.
Er, no. Because of the same overall silhouette. The head shape. The head weight. The general grip shape. A matte finish is the least of it.
Vipers, Cobras, Fusions, Quantum Techs are aggressive shafted tubular tools that look far more different to the Nomic than the Switch.
Judge? If they don't want their product discussed and 'judged' then they shouldn't put it out there.
i think right now grivel is again having a day in the sun.
apparently theyve opened something they refer to as a laboratory for developing tools, and whilst petzl are still fumbling with a 50p bit of aluminium, dmm, cassin and edelrid are copying petzl and BD happy in its last innovations, grivel is taking the step of closing the gap between competition tools and alpine tools.
5 years ago nomics were viewed as hardcore tools for comp climbers and ueli steck, now everyone has them.
then the new ergo (whose previous incarnation sort of dissappeared from seeming lack of market) took that role, and also became normalized.
now grivel has stripped all the comp-only bits off bubu and cryo type designs and tempted us with the avatar and the reparto corse (both with the forged I-beam that dmm has just left behind). woo hoo i say.
in a sport where the tool has an actual role in the climbers performance, and we are looking at an evolution as significant as the jump between the aztar and the nomic, i feel the new dmm tools will be nice - but unlike much of their other stuff, wont win them any awards for innovation.
i wont consider robbing a 7-11 to get a pair, unlike i am for some new grivels...
> i wont consider robbing a 7-11 to get a pair, unlike i am for some new grivels...
man they really do sell everything there these days :p
Dissappoining all around knowing what DMM is capable of. A Nomic with none of the design issues solved...which would have so easy to do. And several new issues created if the pre production pictures are any indication.
Just another set of Quarks and Nomics....hope they beat the Petzl price point by a fair margin. 'cuz they will need to to compete imo.
I think it is actually quite hard to make a realistic critique - positive or negative - of any new product without having held, let alone used the item in question.
Axes especially have an awful lot of features that effect whether a particular user likes them. The small details, balance, handling, pick performance and overall feel are really important factors that can not be judged accurately from a picture.
We are all out at the ISPO trade fair at the moment, but will get back with answers to all the questions raised here on Friday.
We are fully aware that climbers will want to try the axes for themselves and we will be holding a variety of demo events over the coming season so that climbers can decide whether they like them.
I did a quick Photoshop geometry analysis here:
Though maybe if they where shaped a bit more like a beak (tapered blade and hook shaped), they would be bit more intuitive to place and they wouldn't get stuck so often.
I'm sure you could superimpose a Nike, Adidas and Puma football boot on each other and they would all look the same shape.
is it me or are they all on the heavy side?
full strength handles are welcome though.
> Dissappoining all around knowing what DMM is capable of. A Nomic with none of the design issues solved...which would have so easy to do. And several new issues created if the pre production pictures are any indication.
Interesting assessment Dane considering you haven't used the axes. I presume you have just seen the ISPO taster video and DMM page.
What are the design issues you mention?
Perhaps all this shows is that Petzl got the geometry right with the original Nomic. After all, this hasn't changed at all with the gen II and gen III versions. If there was any geometry tweaks to be made one would have expected them to have been made by now.
*IF* (a big 'if'!) this is right, then perhaps there's little other manufacturers can do other than make clones with any discernible differences simply being in the detail.
As already said, I suppose the real clincher will be the swing test.
Also, why would you want a leash on the Apex? Unfortunately that is too heavy as well so the only interesting axe of the line up matches what I have today and doesn't really leave me wanting to buy a new set.
As for axes the same basically, I have a picture of me holding a mountain technology vertige against my nomic. Apart from the obvious lack of a bend in the old axe the geometry is exactly the same when comparing the bottom pivot point and angle of pick as well as pick length and shaft length. There's no need to reinvent the wheel is there?
Probably because there are a few other people who, like me, like leashes sometimes! :-) I've even seen pictures of a couple of people using Nomics with wrist loops, so there is still some market for it.
None of us have from I what I read Mick. But your don't have to be a rocket scientist to make the observation that we have another set of clones with similar and long standing issues. BD didn't do so well following a that path with the Fusion II.
I'd rather DMM continue to innovate rather than copy dated designs.
I'll be the first to cheer on DMM if my first impression is wrong.
Having just bought a pair of nomics and seen the grip rest issues (why does that serrated bit rub against your glove? Why do I need the grip rest on large and I don't have very large hands?) I am a bit fed up! Good job they are as yet unused. Roll on Sept when the dmm toys allegedly will be available.
All said and done it might still not swing and feel the same even though same shape.
I dont know why everyone is slating DMM, BD were the first to completly rip off the nomic, exact same shape. Still they didnt get it as right...
But yeah, if better build quality, cheaper, more options. Maybe add clipper leash options as per new nomic.
Sure they did. Next time I get kitted up to run it out on an "air climb" at a trade show I'll be sure to make them my first choice :)
Just me but I would rather have comments on the cosmetics than how they might climb from swinging them in a shop/show.
i dont know why everyone slates the new fusions, when many of the current hardest routes have been put up with them.
its the wizard not the wand.
True but would they have chosen Fusions these wizards?
However a carbon fusion.....now there's a thing.
Hmm.. Nice video. Doesn't really give any info about their new axe tho
Kendal, I have no doubt your comments were intended in a positive manner all along. I wasn't making a personal attack, just a general observation.
Please accept my apology if you thought otherwise.
I admire DMM as a company for a number of reasons. Even if the tools turn out to be amazing...they just need to climb as well as a Nomic. How hard can that be :)
Is everyone missing a few things, the head looks as though it has incredibly compact hammers similar to the Cold Thistle hammers that seem to be the flavour at the moment. The blade has a head that's designed to handle reverse picking and is also straighter which should make it address the issues that have been suggested as limiting the new Nomic picks on cascade ice (also suggested by CT). The handles are forged! Meaning that (while I cant imagine them saying you ever could) you can clip them/loop the rest without fear of them snapping off, like the Nomics and Grivel Techs with their plastic rests. I wouldn't count myself as an Ice climber so I don't know really how useful all these little additions are but they do seem to add up to an axe that might not be inventive but is really innovative and open up possibilities that the Nomic and the similarly priced options from Grivel don't.
One thing I noticed is that the Switch has no teeth at the bottom, so no plunging for it. It's when they try to address this that Petzl started messing up the Nomics, but it's a feature I'd really like to see done properly, as it can be really useful on approaches.
I also handled the new tools at ISPO and they looked sweet, I'm looking forward to trying them on ice.
Wonder how many of you, making comments, actually climb a lot ? Because what you saying makes no different.
Sorry but I have to say, as Mick said, none of you have used them. However, everyone is open to their opinion. I remember what the late Jules Cartwright said about opinions
These axes are not going to suit everyone. Nothing made will ever, but the range is fantastic. Number one they are all made in the UK and designed mainly by UK climbers so that in itself should be applauded.
Do you wish to give the French you hard earned cash ?
Who said they have faults, none of you have used them
Those of you moaning about the tech axes, any of you climb VI and above ? Remember, Central Ice Fall Direct VI-6 was climbed with old Mc -Iness Terras and strap on crampons. Never heard of the route, then it that case you should get out more and stop making silly comments. I doubt you could make those and sell them these days, but they did the job.
It is always better to have a range of products at 95% and out too its customers, rather than strive for 100% and the products never come out and that is only to say if there is anything wrong. Wait for perfection a company will go bump.
Also 1 must point out DMM changed the ice axe design for ever, first time round with their predator. Everyone else copied.
There top two new axes are very strong, you can use the handle to hang off and as a runner with the rope to hang off, not like most other tools. These new ones are rated quite high in strength.
Grand job DMM, to bring out such a range of kit, from such a small company, not being located in the alps is quite staggering in this day and age with fierce competition and a down turn in the economy .
I am sure this range will be a winner.
You chaps and lasses must be feeling very proud
Well, what did he say?
If they are selling something well designed that I want, then that's fine. Just the same as if the firm is British, Chinese of Bolivian.
I actually agree with the thrust of your argument, but drive-by spray attacks suggesting other people are shit climbers and therefore can't have a valid opinion, like this one, get taken more seriously when they're not delivered by an unregistered newbie using a pseudonym. You've got a fair point, why not stand behind it?
Agree with Toby.
Valid points undermined by xenophobia, grade-snobbery and rose-tinted glasses. Strap-on crampons and Terras. Give me a break.
If the company in question wasn't DMM one might be be driven to conclude that you work for them...
However, I think you're just a pretentious douche. Get off your high horse and leave people to climb as they want, with whatever they want, at whatever grades they want. Everyone's entitled to their opinion and that opinion may just be based on their experiences after all...
They do look like cool tools. I was tempted by a pair of Nomics before next winter but I may hold out for the Switch and see how it turns out.
> If the company in question wasn't DMM one might be be driven to conclude that you work for them...
> However, I think you're just a pretentious douche.
Is anyone else making a slight comparison to Rover now? We'll all be wishing we bought one one day.
A very unfair comparison i think. A large part of why rover went under was not because their cars wern't cutting edge it was because they were complete crap which had a nasty habit of falling to bits when you least expected it.
I origionaly come from near Birmingham so have met a lot of people who have owned/worked for Rover and would say there is virtualy no similarities between DMM and Rover.
There's items that Petzl sell that are actually made for them by DMM.
The UK Petzl distributor also employs about 70 odd people so there's abit more to it than giving the French you're hard earned cash.
I'm also pretty certain that DMM will be looking to export as many products as they possibly can. Lets hope all the nasty people in France, Germany USA etc aren't all thinking 'Do you want to give the English all your hard earned cash'
Even if they are thinking that, it shouldn't stop them buying DMM products. They're made in Wales.
There's a fair bit of it in Japan. Wallnuts, etc for sale at one gym here in Osaka and Cirques aren't hard to find even in the larger chain stores.
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