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Less extreme, but still mean.
The latest incarnation of the Grivel X-Monster Ice Tool sports a more ice-specific design than its mix-minded predecessors. In contrast to the original Monster, the X-Monster is designed primarily for ice climbing. Multiple handle positions allow easy swinging, matching, and hooking on ice. The re-worked shaft is slightly straighter, making it better suited for vertical walls. A hole in the shaft gives alpinists the option of climbing with a leash, and the more flexible shaft makes anchoring into cracks both easier and safer.
- Chromolly steel pick
- Slightly straighter, flexible shaft
- Leash hole in shaft
- Anti-slip claw at the end of shaft
- Hammer or shovel rear available
- Item #GRV001D
- Q & A
Talk About Deflection
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've used a range of tools from Grivel, Petzl, CAMP USA and Black Diamond. After using all those tools I noticed a huge different between all the rest and the X-Monsters that I used.
If you've got questions about these tools or want to chat about ice climbing set ups, feel free to reach out. I'd be happy to help out.
The major reason I gave these 3 stars instead of 5 is the deflection of the pick on each stick. After using a bunch of other sets of tools I was able to notice the torsional flex in the shaft (it's a flat stock material rather than a tubular shaft). When the pick didn't bounce off the ice it drove into the ice real well. But the occasional deflection made me not really love them. Plus they felt pretty heavy.
If you've got questions about these or want to chat about other tools/ice climbing gear, feel free to reach out!
Ugly but functional!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Yes, they're not the prettiest tool in the shed, but they work wonders on ice. I've used mine for a few seasons on vertical ice and I'm very satisfied. They're a tad on the heavy side but they swing well and stick nicely with a bit of wrist-action. Great for a climber on a budget.