/ dmm fly advice
if so do you think it would be better just to buy new axes instead of messing around with mods? i do like the look of the new fly's and think they would suit me due to low grades etc. any thoughts welcomed.
If you want to use your Flys leashless then simply put a grip rest on the bottom of your existing axes (Petzl & Grivel make a version which will fit easily). The new model is just like the old model but with a grip rest at the bottom of the shaft anyway.
Regarding upto Grade III - if this is your aim then the Fly's are more than adequate.
If you are going to swap now then you'll get rid of the old flys on here no problem as its the 'right' time of year. I went leashless with my flys 2 seasons ago and found it to be a revelation. Everything is just so much easier and hard moves are now much easier if change-overs are needed. I started with a springer type attachment and clipped the 2 strops to the bottom of the axes using tiny CAMP nano crabs. When arriving at a belay its simple to just unclip the axes, clip the ends of the strops together and put it over my head out of the way. I'll still use the springer on routes where dropping an axe whould be a disaster, on the Ben say, but bumbling about at great end and such like I'm quite happy totally leashless. I have the trigrests fitted to my flys, these are fitted at the top of the rubber handrest and provide grip via an index finger trigger hook. They 'unclip' allowing you to slide the thing up to the top of the axe allowing you to plunge the axe. You can pare away a bit of the handle rubber at the bottom of the axe to fit a trigrest at the bottom to work like a hand stop but I never found the need for it. I'm glad I adapted rather than go and buy back then as now I find it suits me I was more informed when I got my new vipers. Just like a fly but shaft is bent more, meaty adze and hammer head, top and bottom hand rests and can still use my springer. The biggest difference was to my hands, not had the screaming abb-dabs since leashless, obviously the leashes were restricting blood flow to the hands. Go for it, you have nothing to lose and perhaps a lot to gain.
If you need to pack the trig rests then I used a piece of biclye inner tube that was a perfect fit over the axe shaft.
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