/ DMM Apex Ice Axes
Picked up a pair for myself a week ago, so far have been up a IV, 5 and a I with them. Having previously been making use of a pair of DMM Superflys I'm definitely sold on the upgrade! Good drive and handling on the 5 ground, and easy to use on lower angled neve. Surface finish is holding up to the abuse I've given them so far too.
The only downsides I've had so far are:
1) Getting the picks out of the more solid placements was a little tricky, although this is most likely due to me not having used axes with such a curve before.
2) I found my hands sliding down the shafts when gripping higher up. I put about a hands-width of the supplied tape on the top sections of the shafts before heading up the I (Broad Gully on Wednesday night) and they're working a treat - and I've still got a roll and a half of tape left!
Also managed to get Cotswolds to pricematch down from £350, which was nice.
I have used mine on various mixed routes this season and love them! the shaft has great clearance and the pick weights make fore great sticks in turf, they handle very like a Nomic but more usable overall, if you are climbing III - VIII these are the axes for you. each axe comes with a roll of indestructible plumbers tape. before I took them out I was worried that the piddly hammer would be useless but so far it has been great for smashing in pegs and warthogs. the adze is small but bearable. the only qualm I have is the picks appear to be made of butter, after sharpening one they are getting shorter and shorter quickly, they are great on mixed routes though, biting really well while torquing.
a short video of me seconding the crux on coronary bypass in corrie an lochan with them in the gorms is here:
haha it was a really cool route but there was just nothing to swing at coming out of that crux corner!!
Used my new apex axes today. Love them. The weight and balance is really good as is the shaft clearance. They plunge well and dagger very well. Good job dmm.
it was insitu and buried, the video starts from a good few long moves off the deck and couldn't really de arsed smashing about for ages, i had just spent 15 minuets getting one out of the belay :)
When I have compared the two they appear to have such a similar angle that people could almost be tempted to say that some copying had gone on!
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