– Weight: 485 g;
– Size: 50 cm;
– Shaft type: 2;
– Pick type: 2; (competition style)
– Certified EN-13089 and UIAA-152.
– The lightest ice axe in its class.
– Designed together with leading Russian ice climbers;
– The sturdy carbon-fiber shaft prevents vibrations when striking and together with the rubber handle grip negates heat loss of the user’s hand;
– Type 2 pick is durable and has standard competition “cheeks”;
– Certified EN-13089 and UIAA-152.
ASPEED’s design was developed in partnership with leading athletes from the Russian ice-climbing team. Thanks to this close collaboration plus the best materials, every element of ASPEED serves the goal to become your most reliable tool of choice during difficult ice, mixed and dry-tooling routes.
The rubberised handle grip negates heat loss from the user’s hand.
The carbon shaft of variable cross-section is much lighter than its aluminium analogues, making the ASPEED, at 485g, the lightest ice axe in its class. The use of carbon material has many advantages, and beyond the obvious property of its weight to load ratio, we are exploiting its property to absorb mechanical vibration and provide thermal insulation thereby ensuring the maximum comfort to the user’s hands.
The shaft is designed with a variable cross-section, and tapering wall thickness. This design facilities the even distribution of load and ensures the axe can withstand extreme forces under dynamic load.
The head is made from ultra-light and super-strength aluminium alloy. Its unique shape in combination with it’s material properties allow it to withstand forces well beyond the quality requirements of CE/EN/UIAA. Precision production techniques allow the pick to be bolted to the head with a single screw-bolt.
The replaceable ice pick «FORT» ( Type T) is 6 mm wide at the base which guarantees its durability. The pick is tapered at the tip down to 3.5 mm for easy penetration into the hardest ice. ASPEED by default is supplied with a dry-tooling pick. The picks for ice-climbing are available on request.
ASPEED fits the UIAA Box and can be recommended for official UIAA ice-climbing competitions.
Certification: EN-13089 and UIAA-152.
Dennis van Hoek –
After 6 years of ice, hard mixed and competition climbing its time for a review
The ASPEED is a great allround tool for the dedicated mixed climber.
The properties of the tool make it a a superb tool in steep terrain on small edges and pockets. This is very imported for competition ice climbing and drytooling. The general shape makes it still a good tool on sportmixed terrain outside where other triple long handled tools become are no longer useful for use in real rock.
It’s importend to realise that you have to bring decicted picks for the terrain your aiming for.
We climbed routes up to M14+ in mixed terrain with the mixed pick but the WI7- becomes really hard to climb if you don’t use the icepicks.
For competition climbing the comp picks with side cheeks make all the difference. They work great on real rock holds steel holds with depress and epoxy holds.
But: These picks are horrible to climb real ice with since the tip of the pick is angled almost “back” towards the tool. where the mixed and ice pick have a less agressieve angle and a “open” tip.
The rubberised handle is relatively thin. This makes it ideal to use a ticker grippy tennis tape to thicken the handle and increase comfort and grip. for the upper handle we use a “overgrip” for tennisrackets. this thinner tape gives good grip but doesn’t thicken the shaft.
The handle is good for small hands or used with thin gloves. When climbing ice routes i would always recommend a good thick glove with knuckle protection. My size Large doesn’t fit in the handle with a tick glove so I prefer other tools for pure Ice climbing.
Wrapping the tool fully in tape also makes it “biteable” and protects the carbon shaft. our tools fell downloads of time on to flat ground rocky surface etc. I’m sure the tennistape wrap gave the necessary additional protection when falling down 30 meters into steep rocky terrain or flat concrete before the tool bounced up from the ground 5+ meters..
So would I recommend the ASPEED. if you want to do loads of sportmixed, competition ice climbing or drytooling absolute YES.
For pure ice climbing I would look for another tool.