/ Climbing Technology axes?
I had been looking at the Grivel Airtech Evolution as a nice but expensive option, technical enugh to not immediately have to replace if if I do decide to start doing the odd AD-ish mixed route.
Then I noticed that one of my local shops has the Climbing Technology Alpine Tour, which looks pretty much like a clone of the Grivel - similarly T-rated - at less than half the price.
Any experience with this axe? My only previous knowledge of Climbing Technology's gear is through my mate belaying me with a Click Up, which seems to work given that I'm not dead.
Dont Know about the axe, but ive got a cheapo CT galaxy helmet. Seems as good as any Other. Light, comfy, CE and UIAA rated. I also use it as my cycle helmet.
I reckon CT Kit gives good Value for money.
Feel great in the hand, make sure you add some grip tape, and they are awesome!
I don't know much about the Alpine Tour, but you've already been given the link to the best and, to my knowledge, only review on it.
I can say few things about Climbing Technology though. I don't work for them, I don't sell their axes, I'm not in any way affiliated with their UK distributor. All I can say is that they're really nice guys to deal with. Extremely serious and committed to what they are doing. They keep coming up with clever, innovative and alternative ideas, as others have already noted, keeping en eye on cost delivering excellent value for money.
The Axe works fine and is a great bargain.
It's nice in the hand for walking and has enough curve that you don't pulverize your knuckles daggering. As someone else has said I would tape it up if you do go for it.
If not call up climbingtech's uk distributor and they'll try and help you out. They're a helpful bunch I've found!
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