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    X-Dream Ice Tool

    With its patented handle design that allows you to fine tune the swing angle, the Cassin X-Dream Ice Tool can be adjusted to excel on either mixed terrain or pure ice formations, eliminating the need to own multiple sets of tools. The included Mixed Pick features an aggressive curve that is ideal for technical dry tooling, and the generous pommels make matching sequences a breeze.

    • Ultralight aluminum shaft construction lends the durability and performance required by hard mixed routes
    • Patented handle design allows you to adjust the angle of handle in relation to the pick by simply adjusting the Allen bolt above the handle—this allows you to fine tune the tool for performance on rock or ice
    • Includes X-Dream Mixed Pick for performance on rock or ice
    • Refined beak and tooth configuration excels on thin ice and technical mixed terrain
    • Compatible with the the X-dream Competition Pick and X-Dream Ice pick (sold separately)
    • Adjustable trigger finger ledge allows you to easily match on the tool
    • Item #CSN0021

    Tech Specs

    [shaft] aluminum, [pick] steel
    [shaft] T-Rated, [pick] B-Rated
    Leash Included
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 1lb 4.8oz
    Recommended Use
    mixed climbing, ice climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    What do you think about this product?


    >Rating: 5

    Lightweight & lovely to use

    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Put this tool through the wringer at Provo Falls in Utah as well as at the Ouray Ice Park. It's super lightweight so you won't get tired on 80-100 ft. routes as quickly as you would with a heavier tool. While it might not be ideal for hacking out a placement in frigid ice, when it gets a little plasticky or you just need to hook your way up. the Cassin Dream Tool is the way to go. Love the angled design and the super easy grip as well.

    >Rating: 5

    Superb on steep Grade 4+ and up ice!

    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Enjoyed these all last winter guiding ice in the Northeast. I find them excellent for Grade 4 and up. So much customization! I wrote a 1000 word review on my blog for them, not sure I can share that here but it does link back to Backcountry.com! https://northeastalpinestart.com/2017/09/06/gear-review-cassin-x-dream-ice-axe/


    Mixed & Steeps

    If you're a girl who likes drytooling and mixed stuff - this is the best axe on the market. (Small hands) Adjustable blade angles for ice or rock as well as longer grip add-ons and adze compatibility. This thing is amazing for all types of steep ice climbing, don't even need to add grip-tape because it comes pre-taped along the lower shaft. Hit me up for questions.



    I'd like to make some comments to show case why this tool is great for ice climbers of any experience and why this is a good tool for vertical water fall ice. Other comments are made saying this isn't a beginners tool. If you de-tune the picks with a file, that'll make it easier to clean and as long as the climber (new or experienced) knows to flick their wrist when going for each stick, these are great tools. There are situations where these might not be for a person, but that'll be more in relation to that person's physical traits. These tools are commonly referred to as "cheater sticks" because they make ice climbing so easy. Yes these tools are designed for the ice climbers looking to do mixed routes, vertical ice and thin ice. But that doesn't mean a new ice climber can't use them. ***My girlfriend who had never climbed ice before, tried the Petzl Nomics, Grivel Tech Machines and CAMP USA X-Dreams. And once she tried the X-Dream's she stuck with them for the next 3 days of ice climbing on our trip. And the photo shows we on a near vertical pillar. The handle angles make these perfect on near vertical terrain.


    My Favorites

    I've used a ton of tools and strongly prefer these to everything else.

    >Rating: 5

    Aggressive, Mixed Climbs

    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    This is not a beginner Axe, nor it this good for pure Water-Ice climbing. This head-angle shape is best for overhanging, gymnast like climbs. The pick-angle can be adjusted, but not enough to use on a water-flow, they also make a new Adze add-on for alpine GNAR routes. For mixed climbing, this is the best stuff out there. Camp/Cassin has been in the alpinist business longer than any company i know. They stand by their gear and are rugged users themselves.

    >Rating: 5

    The Best

    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    These are above all my favorite tools for mixed and vertical ice climbing. I've used a range of tools from Grivel, Petzl, CAMP USA and Black Diamond. After using all those tools my favorite tools are my CAMP USA X-Dreams. 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 things I love about these tools are the angle of the handles as they're better for reducing fatigue and the pick angles are a bit better (in my opinion) for driving into the ice and cleaning after a solid stick. I've de-tuned my picks with a file just a little to remove the "bird beak." This helps them clean a little easier. If I was climbing thin/delicate ice then I wouldn't have de-tuned them.

    I have large hands and wear XL gloves. Is the handle length adjustable? Thanks.

    You can add or remove a spacer at the bottom of the grip to adjust the effective length of the handle (the spacer sits on top of the pinky rest; look at the photo closely).

    >Rating: 5

    Excels on mixed routes

    Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I'm a beginner ice climber, I decided to go with the Cassin X-dream Ice tool because I'd like to get into mixed climbing and these seemed like a nice option. So far they're awesome, I've only used them on pure ice routes but my boyfriend has tried them on some mixed climbs, here's what he had to say: They excel on mixed and dry tooling routes. Edging on them is insane, super down-turned and catch really well on pure rock if you keep them sharpened. As for myself, I like that the handle is large and supported enough to allow for solid rests as well as preventing me from overgripping. I'm really excited to grow into these, as a beginner I probably could have gone with something simpler, these are perfect for anyone who likes to cruise mixed routes!


    Cassin X-Dream tools in action


    Awesome shot!

    >Rating: 5

    Excellent ice tool when customized

    Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I had a chance to test these in Adirondack Mountainfest. I was very impressed. The routes we climbed were of vide variety from steep and fat, to thin and no ice (some Dack style dry-tooling on mossy rock). The X-Dream Ice picks were modified with custom weights, so my experience may not be what a user with an of the shelf tool may get. I love my Nomics, but these performed at least as well. The swing was natural, the stick was great and not hard to remove (when there was ice). The picks are super tough, probably tougher than the Petzl Ice pick on my Nomics. The hand grip was super comfy and confidence inspiring on steep terrain. There are a few potential issues. First, as I mentioned I tested tools customized with pick weights. I expect that without the weights the tool would not swing well on ice. Second, the grip handle size cannot be adjusted. It was fine with me (my glove size is right between M and L) but beware if you have large hands. I was told that the X-dream Competition Pick and X-Dream Ice pick have quite different angles, something to be aware. Overall, this is an excellent tool that I highly recommend, especially if you are not happy with Nomic. Camp athlete Ian Osteyee has put a lot of hard work behind developing Cassin tools and the results are compelling.


    When will this tool be back in stock?

    We have some in stock! I will send you an email. They are just not on the site. Let me know if you want to pick up a set.


    When will this tool be back in stock?

    Norman you and me are both waiting patiently and it will be worth the weight to own the best set of ice tools out there!

    Norman, just called and left a message. We have 7 in stock but, they are not on the site yet! Let me know if you want to lock down a set right now. Give me a call or reply to my email, should be here for the next few hours.


    What is the Pick Angle for Ice Versus the Dry Setting?

    100 degrees for Ice, and 105 degrees for Dry Tooling. Extra 5 degrees make it a lot easier to hang onto thin rock ledges. You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or bporreca@backcountry.com