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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
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What do you think about this product?
February 21, 2017
Awesome on mixed routes
Yes they are a little on heavier side but it makes it that much easier to get great sticks with just a little flick of the wrist. In fact I mostly haven't experienced any of the deflection issues mentioned in another review. If you take your time and swing deliberately and accurately you shouldn't have a problem. They are a little uncomfortable on lower angle stuff but you do adjust pretty quickly, definitely use the rubber "snakes" that come with them. I simply cut them to fit where I wanted, then wrapped them to the shaft with climbing tape. When it comes to mixed routes though, these tools really stand out. The narrow profile and flexible shaft give limitless placements and incredible security torquing into cracks. Overall I'd recommend these to just about anyone, except for someone who has never swung an ice tool, or never plans to get on mixed routes.
February 3, 2016
Talk About Deflection
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!
October 14, 2015
Ugly but functional!
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.