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is the pick on this tool T rated?

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is the pick on this tool T rated?

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Doubtful. I checked Grivel's website and couldn't get an exact rating, but it does mention that the pick is thinner for placement in more fragile ice. So I'm guessing it's B-rated. Besides, this tool is designed more for ice than mixed, according to the backcountry.com description above. Hope this helps.

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It is "T" rated. It's the shaft that's "B" rated, which while technically true, isn't a particularly useful stat. The B rating comes from being able to deal with less than a 400kg force directly on the shaft from sideways. Think sticking it into a horizontal crack and standing on it. If you did that, and weighed more than 280kg, it would break. However, if you weigh 280kg, you probably shouldn't be dry tooling. For reference, the Petzl Quark "Ice" pick is 3mm at the taper, and is fully "T" rated.