/ Ice Tools
I'm interested in a doing some winter mountaineering, ice climbing and in the feature alpine climbing.
I have been doing mountaineering for many years and training at the min on my ML and just registered on my SPA.
I have a lot to catch up and getting the hours and experience needed and learning new skills, the question I am asking is what advice would have on ice tools for climbing for someone new but also want within reason buying the best and something professional if you understand what I mean.
People seem to be letting go of old style flys quite a lot - you wouldn't go far wrong with a pair - Nuptse 12 point crampons from CT are excellent value too
Cheapest ones you can find ;)
You can't go wrong with either. Go swing them both in a shop and see which you like the feel of best. I prefer the Quarks, which are also more flexible for mountaineering use being easier to disassemble to use as a plunging (shaft) rather than stabbing (pick) tool.
To be fair, it is even more convenient to have an old, battered strictly mountaineering straight-shafted tool for easy days out. Pick one up on here for under £50. And then buy the technical pair that feels best in your hands.
What BnB said.
The answer is frequently whichever feels best to you. Don't make the mistake of trying the swing with bare hands - you need to be wearing your gloves to get a proper feel for how they fit in your hands. This is less important with plain handles, but becomes more so with fangs and other highly featured handles.
There's a lot of variation and there's no right answer. One tool will have a slightly different balance and swing to another - but each manufacturer believes that their balance etc are correct, so there's no wrong answer either. They're just different and each manufacturer makes their inevitable compromises in one direction or another.
You pays your money and you makes your choice.....
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