At OTS 2023 in Liverpool we got a chance to check out some of the new climbing gear due to hit the shelves next year: a range of bouldering pads from Black Diamond; interesting harnesses from the likes of Mammut, Ocun and Wild Country; and DMM's latest clean-nosed carabiner.
In reply to UKC Gear: Good spot! DMM have powder coated the Spire and Spire Tech with a grippy surface and also made it red. There is now an aftermarket trigger which fits on both axes too although I can’t remember if this is already available (it was a long few days of being told about things!).
OTS tends to focus on products for the following spring/summer, so I wouldn't have expected them to be there; however, I'd hope that this rumour (which I have also heard...) will materialise at OTS/Slide, which takes place in January, and tends to focus on products coming out the following autumn/winter.
Hard to judge without side by side comparison but they did look very curved and aggressive, similar to x-dreams (my very amateur evaluation, take with a grain of salt). My understanding is that DMM Cortexes are going to be released for winter 23/24, with a rated full-strength spike (lower clipping point) and a very substantial price tag.
From the photo it looks very similar to the Entheos, however I wonder if they are perhaps forged then machined (like the Rebel was), as opposed to being purely CNC like the Entheos.
The Entheos II is actually an absolutely phenomenal tool and I would imagine they would be a UK winter mixed favorite due to their durability if only they were more readily available. They also top the list as the highest quality axes I've ever handled (depending on year of manufacture though!).
These new DMM axes also remind me of the Grivel Machine 3.0, e-Climb Cryo and the Forecast Nor'easter... et al.
We've gone through various iterations of tools with hydroformed or carbon fiber shafts, so I will absolutely share in the excitement at seeing more skeleton shaft, CNC or forged tools available.