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Description

The Grivel Monster Ice Tool evolution continues.

The Grivel X Monster is a new-wave ice tool for climbers who want the advantages of leashless climbing without dropping their whole bank roll on gear. In contrast to the original Monster, which is a mixed-specific tool, the X Monster is designed primarily for ice climbing. Its multiple handle positions allow easy swinging, matching, and hooking on both ice and rock.

  • Bulletproof design takes years of abuse
  • Replaceable pick and head
  • Flat shaft design allows crack placements that other tools cannot do
  • Aggressive pick for deep ice penetration and mixed climbing performance

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Is this price for a pair or just for a...

Is this price for a pair or just for a single piece?

5 5

Strong in a great price

Great for Ice Climbing and dry tooling and have a great price! Buy it!

Strong in a great price
5 5

Well worth the price

These ice tools are definitely good as a first pair. The price is really good. They are comfortable to swing, the rock-snake gives a solid second hold and the blade is cheap to replace when you've sharpened them more than you should. Excellent for drytooling. For instance you can stick the into thin cracks because of the thin shaft. In deep snow I tend to use them "upside-down" to increase the hold.

Well worth the price
Responded on

Purcel Prussik's!! The force is strong with this one.

Cut the snake

Cut the snake

I cut the rubber snake for a good grip and less suffering on a long day training

Thin handle

Thin handle

I glue (epoxy glue) for a beter grip...for the handle in too thin!

Rubber snake

Rubber snake

I glue (epoxy glue) for a beter grip...for the handle in too thin!

5 5

Great for dry tooling in a great price

I use it for now for dry tooling at home & on the rock near home...and it's the best!
They are strong and feel strong!

Great for dry tooling in a great price
5 5

Solid Tool

At $150 a piece they are a steal. They swing well. The flexible shaft feels very solid when cranking the pick into cracks but isn't noticeable when waterfall climbing. They are strange when you first look at them as the shaft is only slightly thicker than the pick, but don't let looks deceive you. They are far from flimsy. Overall, a reasonably priced, excellent tool.

3 5

Hard to beat for the price

I borrowed these from a friend a few times. They worked pretty well. I found the grip to be comfortable, I have fairly large hands so I don't know how well they'd work for someone with small hands. My only real gripe is that they're kind of heavy, but you're also saving over $200 per pair vs. some of the nicer tools. If you're on a budget pull the trigger, you'll like 'em. If you have some money for nicer tools go with Petzl Nomic or Ergo.

5 5

The Right Tools for Me

I've had these out on the glacier one night, and it was a blast. I've climbed a fair amount with leashed tools, and the X Monsters lend an entirely different degree of confidence during an ascent or traverse of near vertical to overhanging ice. I've handled Nomics and Cobras, and while these tools are probably not in the same league in terms of absolute precision and certainly not in terms of weight, they compare very favorably considering the price. The price proved even more valuable to me when I dropped one tool down a crevasse too narrow to execute a rescue (or even see the tool). I didn't drop it during a climb, and wasn't holding it when it fell (the tools are very secure in the hand). Replacing an X Monster (while it's difficult to find the tool with an adze) is way less devastating than replacing tools priced upwards of three hundred dollars. Obviously I would be remiss not to recommend investing in a spring leash if you're not climbing on a rope or if dropped tools wouldn't be retrievable.

5 5

Got Both

I have one of each and although I havent gotten them out and really put them through their paces I have used them a bit and they are well built.
I was skeptical that the slim desig would be odd to balance but they swing nice ans straight.

Got Both

is the pick on this tool T rated?

is the pick on this tool T rated?

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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.