A selection of the latest intermediate to top end ice axes for Winter 2011/12, priced from £150 to £210
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Cassin X-Alp RRP £150
The X-Alp is built with the same lightweight design as the X-Dry, but features a less radical curve in the shaft to make it more versatile on lower-angled technical terrain. A durable single-density handgrip holds up to whacking crampons in sticky snow. The smaller pinky ledge and long steel spike make plunging easier and the contoured adze offers a comfortable grip when using the tool for support. Designed to offer superb balance for a natural swing.
More info on the Allcord website.
DMM Rebel RRP £150 each
The Rebel is a beautifully balanced all-rounder that can cope with all the differing demands of the winter climber, whether on snow, ice or mixed terrain. In keeping with its technical nature the Rebel can be used either with or without leashes (depending on preference). We have also fitted it with a second high finger rest to allow easy hand swaps or to maximise reach on that desperate crux lock off. This finger rest is also adjustable so you can make sure that your hand fits comfortably.
More info on the DMM website
Edelrid Rage RRP £165
The Rage is Edelrid's extreme ice tool for demanding mixed routes and steep ice. Key features are an aggressively curved shaft for additional clearance, a balanced construction for accurate placement and penetration on both rock and ice and an ergonomically-designed double grip. The pick angle is easily adjustable via remote accelerator.
More info on the Edelrid website.
Petzl Quark RRP £180
Quarks offer ample clearance, aggressive teeth and a lovely swing balance. The narrow moulded handle and narrow pick allow for precision placements with minimum ice displacement. The Griprest and Trigrest hand rests ensure a comfortable, powerful grip adapted to leashless climbing. The interchangeable ice pick is tapered at the tip (3 mm) for easy penetration while an ergonomic, over-molded handle provides a good grip, even for small hands, and insulation from the cold.
More info on the Petzl website.
Black Diamond Fusion RRP £210
BD's premier mixed climbing tool is incredibly lightweight, stiff and versatile. Its top-of-the-line technology shines through in real world, game-changing performance. The lightweight hydroformed shaft extends through the grip for improved feel and rigidity. A patented, adjustable over-molded grip accommodates most hand sizes and heavier gloves. Shaft and pick are CEN-T certified.
More info on the Black Diamond website.
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