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Oct 24, 2012
Trying hard to follow guideline #1, but someone just told me they bought a pair of these:
shop.gear4rocks.com/en/ice-sno...

Thoughts? Experience? Reviews?

Aside from the obvious, wouldn't any sort of fall wedge your fingers into that sharp spot at the bottom?
AThomas
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Oct 24, 2012
Climbing at the Gallery in Red Rocks
Adam Thomas wrote:
Trying hard to follow guideline #1, but someone just told me they bought a pair of these: shop.gear4rocks.com/en/ice-sno... Thoughts? Experience? Reviews? Aside from the obvious, wouldn't any sort of fall wedge your fingers into that sharp spot at the bottom?


Wow, those things look awesome. I would so love to show up at Ouray with a pair of those just to see the kinds of looks I'd get. Come to think of it, I might just have to spend $5 and make a pair for myself.
kennoyce
From Layton, UT
Joined Aug 12, 2010
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Oct 24, 2012
He was joking. Thank god. Thought I'd have to divorce him as a climbing partner. AThomas
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Oct 24, 2012
OTL
The gear4ice version is much better. Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
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Oct 24, 2012
Free Solo up hitchcock gully WI3
theyd be awesome for the zombie apocolypse. quick smooth and wont get jammed in a skull like a real ice axe. superkick
From West Hartford, CT
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Oct 24, 2012
Matt N wrote:
The gear4ice version is much better.

Haha.
AThomas
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Imaginate
Wow, those Ukrainians are genius. Look at the advances in design communism has bred. If only we could get that crummy capitalism out of people's heads over here. David Appelhans
From Medford, MA
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Oct 24, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
C'mon, we made those in metal shop class back in the 70's to use as nut tools!!! Talk about cheap and worthless!!! These definately are worse than their shitty cams. Woodchuck ATC
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Oct 24, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
superkick wrote:
theyd be awesome for the zombie apocolypse. quick smooth and wont get jammed in a skull like a real ice axe.



+1 for zombies. light, durable and deadly.
Woodchuck ATC
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Oct 24, 2012
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Good lord... Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
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Oct 24, 2012
They are like B movies...they will be super popular in 20 years. Kind of like Logan's Run. Dankasaurus
From Lyons, CO
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Oct 24, 2012
Humboldt Bouldering
They even make Hangers !

I'd whip on that!
Josh Kornish
From Missoula, MT
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Oct 24, 2012
As amusing as it may be to make fun on them, not everywhere has the disposable income and amount of big-name equipment available that we have here in the US. Sure, those ice axes are a bit ghetto. But what's wrong with the hangers? Do a bit of traveling in less-frequented places and you'll be wishing you had hangers so nice.... Aric Datesman
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Oct 24, 2012
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I'm waiting for them to knit their own ropes out of yak hair. Woodchuck ATC
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In mother Russia, ice tools you! Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
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Oct 25, 2012
Leading Blue Collar Crack.
Aric Datesman wrote:
As amusing as it may be to make fun on them, not everywhere has the disposable income and amount of big-name equipment available that we have here in the US. Sure, those ice axes are a bit ghetto. But what's wrong with the hangers? Do a bit of traveling in less-frequented places and you'll be wishing you had hangers so nice....

The entire point of ice climbing is to outspend every other sport on the planet. You win when you have ice tools more valuable than your house.
Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
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Oct 25, 2012
Free Solo up hitchcock gully WI3
their cams are way more expensive than most cams on the market superkick
From West Hartford, CT
Joined Aug 23, 2011
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Oct 25, 2012
High Exposure
Adam Thomas wrote:
Trying hard to follow guideline #1, but someone just told me they bought a pair of these: shop.gear4rocks.com/en/ice-sno... Thoughts? Experience? Reviews? Aside from the obvious, wouldn't any sort of fall wedge your fingers into that sharp spot at the bottom?


Not exactly a new design. Sort of reminiscent of the old MSR "Ice Hawks", minus the fluke. Never owned them. I think you were supposed to use them with stirrups for your feet, too.
wivanoff
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Oct 25, 2012
I definitely know some Russians that climb on very similar meat hooks.

They're not for swinging but they can hook their way up just about anything. Oh and theirs are homemade.
alpinejason
From Eau Claire
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Oct 25, 2012
A Very Not Snowy Christmas...
Woodchuck ATC wrote:
I'm waiting for them to knit their own ropes out of yak hair.


hahaahahhahhhhahahahaha ahahashhahahhh
Morgan Patterson
Joined Oct 13, 2009
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Oct 25, 2012
Aric Datesman wrote:
But what's wrong with the hangers?



They're massively overpriced?

As for those tools, I would LOVE to take them out for a spin. Not going to buy a set though.
Gunkiemike
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Oct 25, 2012
Stairway to Heaven
Garret Nuzzo-Jones wrote:
The entire point of ice climbing is to outspend every other sport on the planet. You win when you have ice tools more valuable than your house.


You need to persuade yourself that you need a shiny new AT skiing setup in order to get to the ice climbs. That way you can quadruple whatever you've spent on ice tools.
Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Joined Jul 16, 2003
177 points
Oct 25, 2012
Is it just me or does the handle look like its made from a folding lawn chair. Jeff J
From Bozeman
Joined Sep 15, 2010
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Oct 25, 2012
This has yielded some very amusing commentary. I feel a bit guilty now that I sent that link to the OP, and he had the compassion and balls to ask about it publicly :) Randy Aristotle
From fort collins, co
Joined Oct 8, 2012
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Oct 25, 2012
Luxury Liner, Indian Creek
Wait. What the heck is this? Shock Absorber

Am I supposed to untie below my sketchy gear placement and thread this onto the rope?
Alex Whitman
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Oct 25, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Alex Whitman wrote:
Wait. What the heck is this? Shock Absorber Am I supposed to untie below my sketchy gear placement and thread this onto the rope?


Looks like an old style belay plate.....bet it works just great on their new style yak hair ropes.
Woodchuck ATC
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