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Fantastic All round Axe
Reviewed By James, 13 Mar 2012

I brought a DMM cirque a couple of years back and have used it for the past 2 winter seasons. I must admit its a very good axe for all round winter mountaineering from Winter walking to Climbing Grade I/II climbs. I have belayed off its T rated shaft for Grade I/II gullys and climbs, have self arrested myself numerous times and from different positions, the slightly curved shaft helps to dig into Verglas and very soft snow, its also very good at keeping your fingers away from the snow/ice thus keeping your hands that little bit warmer and dryer. Even cutting slash steps either up or down as its well balanced and follows through nicely when cutting. I have even used it for torquing in cracks in helping me to get up some climbs (Left branch Y Gully in Cairngorm) and the pick is still going strong. I would say if they brought out a Hammer version then you would have 2 very good all round ice axes that could easily do Grade III (possibly IV), however if I do end up in braking the pick then I will have to buy a whole new axe as you cannot replace the picks. I have also added a sling through the eye (instead of the leash, as I prefer leash-less) with a Krab so I have a sling to hand if ever the need arises and it doesn't interfere with how you hold it either. All in all a very good all round axe.

 

 

 
Quality piece of kit
Reviewed By Oliver, 24 Aug 2011

Used in Snowdonia and Scotland last winter, to replace my very tired DMM Raptor great walking axe nice and light and not to expensive perfect.