Go light and leashless.
- Designed for leashless climbing
- Carbon fiber composite shaft reduces vibrations for less ice shattering
- Bottom clip-in point for use with tethers
- Pommel spike for better traction in cane position
- Combination of rubber and carbon fiber insulates your hand no matter where you grab the shaft
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Reasons to buy:
Awesome on low-angle terrain
Excellent for moderate ice
Also do well with mixed - though they do make you look somewhat like an overgrown praying mantis
These are a great buy and if you ever need to get rid of them, they are often on Craigslist for the same price. A worthwhile purchase for sure.
Dont leave home with out them!
This is not a cutting edge ice tools but they are extremely good for allot of very different conditions. I use them for water ice, Mixed routes in the Alps, Patagonia and in Himalaya. I bring them on everything I get on. I have never tried them on modern bolted dry tooling routes and I'm sure you can find better tools for that, but if you only want to buy one set of tools I would recommend the Matrix.
The aluminum version are good for more brutal handling. The only improvement is the rubber grip up at the top of the axe that is not lasting that long.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I ended up trading my BD vipers for the techs and couldn't be more happy. They are so incredibly light it's insane, and the swing is nice and even so you get great sticks. The curvature of the shaft makes for barely any knuckle bashing even when clearing larges bulges in the ice, but I do agree that the tools do flex a decent amount when dry tooling and the shafts have taken a good beating form the last two seasons. Overall these tools are amazing on on pure ice and alpine routes and for the amount you pay for them I would defiantly consider these over the BD cobras, but if your looking to do more mixed/dry tooling look elsewhere because the shafts will just get dinged and demolished
Hit 'em up style
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After initial doubts I am now sold. At first I was put off by the fattish picks, but they have proven themselves on some hard ice now and I am used to them. The pinky rest has proven to be more durable than some have said. They are comfortable to walk with on easy ground and the pole-tip ferule has good bite. If they were available with a thinner pure ice pick I'd give 'em 5 stars...
I used them for 5 weeks straight this year. Amazing stick and the best tool for the weekend warrior. Otherwise, they can get torn up pretty quick. The Yellow Scrunch get ripped to shreds and the carbon fiber can chip even from strictly icefall climbing. These are scary mixed. The flex is incredible and the material isn't reassuring for creative placements. They are EXCELLENT, but if you put in any time mixed at all these would fall apart. If I got a new pair every 100 days on the ice, yes, I'd say quantum all day, but since I'm just a humble climbing-bum I'll get matrix techs to suit my more mixed style.
-wrist flick stick
-the interface between the head and the shaft doesn't look mountain tough
-high gripping these tools by the head sucks!
-buy the trigger and you get a solid high grip/knuckle protector
-steel is amazingly strong, I was impressed thats its as good if not better than the steel on cascade picks
Momchil from Bulgaria
This ice tool is the biggest rip-off I have EVER seen. The carbon fiber is less than 1 mm thick and beneath it is an ALUMINIUM tube. Grivel really pissed me of this time....After a season of dry tooling with it, the shaft aluminium tube gets exposed because the fake carbon foil determinates and the handle clicks when put under pressure. Don't buy this fake tool for such a load of cash.....Italian bastards, no wonder they are on the verge of an economic collapse _I_
One stick swings? Oh yeah!
These are the tools if you're looking to dance your way up pure ice routes. They make BD Cobras feel awkward and heavy in comparison - I know many people who have made the switch. I can't speak to their ability to climb mixed as I've only scratched around on 5.6 with them at this point in time.
They really do swing like a dream.
Awesome Tool-better than Vipers
These tools rock. They are so light and the pick angle is great. The first time you swing these you will notice how much lighter they are.
Also they look awesome in the carbon Fiber.
The pick has proven durable as I have pounded early season ice-or sometimes rock. The bend in the shaft is great and atleast for me allows you to pivot your hand in a couple of different positions.
Whenever i go climbing with someone that hasnt used these tools-they are super stoked and love them.
They are carbon fiber-so they can get marred and scratched.
I wish there was a bigger hole for more options when attaching alpine leashes at the bottom.
overall-for me these are the best pure water ice tool and as grivels best kept secret.
Swings like a champ!
I finally exchanged my old sturdy Black Diamond X-15 for a pair of these in january. Been using em several times since then, and I must say they are really good. Lightweight and cool looking. Swing nicely and penetrates ice like a porn star ;) I use em with a pair of Grivel spring leash w/ screw lock, great setup!
Wrangle-Saint Elias Range
First ascent and descent using Grivel Tools.
.....i love them....they swing effortless and bite right away.....the cobra might look a tad cooler, but these just work fine for the purpose they were designed......no regrets......hooked on them.....even the rubber for the grip portion is great.....
grivel geometry compared to black diamond viper
this is the quantum tech geometry compared to black diamond-the handle is further back and the tool is about 3/4 inch shorter
Best Ice Tool Ever?
These tools are great, and have a few characteristics that I think really set them apart from other high-end ice tools. The double curve in the shaft really seems to open up the pick angle, allowing for a more natural swing, especially on less than vertical ice, than you will get from something like a Nomic. Add a set of triggers to the handle, and you've got what is probably by far the most secure grip on any tool available. The grip, by the way, is now molded rubber. I noticed that the pic on this site is of the older model. I hated the stupid yellow scrunchy things at the top of the shafts, so I replaced them with electrical splicing and insulating tape. Let's just say it didn't affect my one-swing sticks any. These tools get better sticks if you don't swing so hard. It takes more of a flick of the wrist, so they aren't for anyone looking to tee off on every swing. I've been using them lately for dry-tooling. Great for that too, except the shaft is only b-rated. That said, they work great for that, and seem plenty strong enough. The super-narrow head is wonderful for slotting into cracks and chandeliered ice alike. also, the picks are grivel, so they're as tough as they come. Bottom line, these are the tools. Period.
Hi, I bought this axe thinking (and, through...
Hi, I bought this axe thinking (and, through the chat program, confirmed by a gear expert) that they come in pairs, but, instead, I only received one axe (and not a pair). I started another chat session and the next gear expert told me in fact they are sold individually. I am quite disappointed with the confusion but in any way even more disappointed with the lack of logging of the chat sessions, so, I would like a written confirmation that these axes are in fact sold individually (I don't see any confirmation in the website), because if so, I will return it?
Alas - ice tools are always sold individually except on eBay and Craigslist. So they're not just expensive, they're really, really f%$$ing expensive.