Leashless ice climbing pointy thing for the masses. No adze, no hammer, and the wiggliest shaft imaginable - most definitely not for trad Scottish gullies. Very Stevie Haston. Includes rubber strippy bits that you can adapt into grips with duct tape. Gaudy patterns vary. Leash NOT included.
What Grivel say, "All the accepted rules about climbing equipment were upset during the 2004-2005 season by Monster. Lots of Grivel competitors tried to stop this stampede even using underhand methods. But the concept was right and today the less extreme X Monster has arrived. The shaft is slightly straighter and the grip is better for vertical walls (the Monster on the other hand was perfect for overhangs) its multi-grip design lets the climber's imagination run wild. A thinner pick for fragile ice. A shorter pick as the continuity between pick and shaft can anchor in deep as there's nothing to stop the blade fitting in between two columns or in narrow cracks. The flexible shaft that so many climbers have recently discovered makes anchoring into cracks, including non vertical ones, easier and safer. Just remember the progress made on changing from rigid to flexible vaulting poles! The rear is almost a hammer shaped like nuts, ideal for anchoring and torqueing in larger cracks on mixed terrain. A hole in the shaft can be used to attach a leash. Tiny anti-slip claw at the end of the shaft. Modern graphics and accessible prices for those with limited funds typical of today's younger generation. CE certification as a category 2 PPE."
In use we have found this to be an excellent axe, and a very good way of getting started out leashless if you have not done it before, in fact it could convert you completely! However, it can also easily be converted to a clipper leash axe by using any old leash and a lightweight wiregate krab. The krab will clip in the hole in the shaft and is easy to work with gloves on.
Initially just available in a hammer version, this tool now comes with an Adze option (or Shovel as the Italians call it). The hammer is tiny, don't expect to be able to hit much in with it!
The shaft is not rated as it flexes and the B/T rating test can't cope with this. It does however reach PPE 2 standard, whatever that may mean.
NB Price is per single axe.
NB Changing Monster Picks on newer Grivel axes is tricky! Grivel say that to get the axes through their CE test they have had to hammer flat the bolts where they protrude above the nut. When you look closely you will see that this has been done on one bolt most obviously but in fact all three are affected. To change a pick, first you need to file flat the squashed protruding bits of the bolts. Then change the pick using the new bolts supplied, then (in theory) bash the bolt ends flat. Not something to undertake in the field!