Review by: tradman, 2006-01-16
An excellent all-round tool. Very good on hard mixed and dry routes, with precise placements and hooking thanks to the great trigger position. Feels very strong with plenty of feedback in thin torques and cracks, and rigid enough for big laybacks and steins. Leashes are good, but most climbers will take them off pretty quickly as the tool really shines leashess.
The tool is slightly heavy but head-positive, places well in good ice even with the mixte picks it comes with. Can be tricky to extract when new, but a little use improves it immensely.
Slight gripes are that the space between the trigger and heel is cramped when wearing gloves, and the tool badly needs grip tape on the shaft for higher hand positions. Additionally, this is not a tool for novice alpinists, as it plunges poorly with the heel on and only marginally better with it off because of the shaft's double curve.
A good buy and a tool that's strong and technical but can be easily modified for a variety of styles and purposes.