Sunday, January 3, 2010

Grivel Quantum Tech Ice Climbing Tool Review

I had the opportunity to test the Grivel Quantum Tech ice tool today. I had used the Takoon a few years back, and while it was a good tool it didn't quite fit my mitts so well. The Quantum however is simply amazing. I've used just about every tool from the major manufacturers and few have such a natural feel as this piece of art.
From the first swing it felt like a natural extension of my arm. It is an extremely light tool, but carries enough weight in the head to make for sure sticks with only a short flick of the wrist. It sports a very durable pick that drytools well and also sticks into cold ice well. The geometry of the shaft allows for good hand stacking with minimal pick shift.

Overall I would have to say its one of, if not the best, all around technical ice tools available today. Equally adept on WI3, WI6, or M8. I'm psyched to keep putting it through the wringer on all the terrain the San Juans has to through at it. I'm planning on pairing it with one Quantum Light with an adze and taking it to Alaska and the Alps as well for technical alpine routes.

Looks pretty cool too.

Available at Ouray Mountain Sports or online at Liberty Mountain. Check it out.

Clint Cook
IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide
AMGA Certified Rock, Alpine, and Ski Mountaineering Guide

1 comment:

Old Time Angler said...

How do you like the Quantum Light Adze paired with the Qunatum Tech Hammer? I'm in between going with that and the Air Tech Carbon Adze. Did the two shaped tools feel odd, etc...