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Android Ice Axe Leash Average Rating = 4.33/5 Average Rating : 4.33/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Ice Axes and Hammers

Android Leash 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: go_dyno, 2008-01-12


Love them, but they aren't perfected quite yet. They would be perfect if they weren't so fragile. I like everything about them, but when you unclip to clean a route and are banging ice out of your screw (not on the threads) or clearing snow/ice with hands the buckles are flopping about against rock or ice and will be destroyed in one day if you let then bang against the ice. That is just too fragile, but I do think they are great otherwise. Too expensive! I'm willing to pay for the best, but $45 for these is a bit insulting. Also, wouldn't it make more sense to have the buckle on the tool and the stud on the wrist section. It would better protect the buckle and you could see the slot in the buckle to easier put the stud in rather than having to move the buckle over the not so stable stud from the blind side of the buckle?


Viper Ice Tool - Hammer (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.43/5 Average Rating : 4.43/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Ice Axes and Hammers

BD Viper 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: go_dyno, 2007-02-15


My favorite tool so far. Swings great, accuracy of swing is especially great. The odd shaped handle allows this. The handle isn't as comfortable as the Quark, but the cello shaped handle (think cross sectionally of shaft) allows you to make very accurate, minute adjustments at the end of your swing increasing accuracy of placement which is especially great when your arms are wasted! I almost didn't want them because the odd feeling grip, but after using back to back against the Quarks for a few days I was sold. Only complaint is I think the area between the Fang and grip is too narrow and in really cold weather with thicker gloves my fingers don't slide into the Fang's slot, but ride on the point of the Fang which is really annoying. I still give them a 5!


Quark M and P (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.64/5 Average Rating : 4.64/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Ice Axes and Hammers

Quark 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: go_dyno, 2007-02-15


I loved these tools. I spent eternity debating between these and the Vipers. Both swing so well. The weird thing was I prefer the feel of the Quark's grip over the Viper for comfort, but the Viper's shaped grip I believe allows for slightly more accurate swing placement. If I could have both I would, but I went with the Vipers.


Quark Ergo (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Ice Axes and Hammers

Quark Ergo 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: go_dyno, 2007-02-15


I loved them, except the set I used for a couple of days, the handle would creak (it seemed to be a bolted on plastic shell). You would feel it in your hand and beside the uneasy feeling (confidence-wise) it gave you it would make you question placements at times b/c you weren't certain if it was the handle giving or the ice. It could of just been that particular pair, but I bought Vipers instead.


G-14 (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.80/5 Average Rating : 4.80/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Crampons

G14 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: go_dyno, 2007-02-15


I have the Crampomatics. These things are GREAT. The newer G14 with the bird head shaped tabs on rear for heal are much better and fit a wider range of boots narrow or wide than the old square tabs which only fit wider heeled boots well. Toe bail can be moved forward or rearward for different boot types and shaping bail with a hammer to your boot is easy. New antibot system is much better than the antibot system on my G12's. These poons can do it all, but if they would make some replaceable "horizontal" points for these then they would do it all perfectly and I could sell my G12 and Charlet Moser S12's.

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