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Shrike Straight Shaft Tools
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Shrike Straight Shaft Tools


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Shrike Straight Shaft Tools

Manufacturer: Black Diamond

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Page By: Ed F

Created/Edited: Jun 12, 2005 / Jun 12, 2005

Object ID: 1343

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The Shrike is Black Diamonds lightest technical ice tool. The Shrike provides unbelievable performance at a non-wallet-gouging price. This is an all-around winter tool that you can take to the Tetons or to Ouray, ’cause classic versatility is the Shrike’s middle name. For ultimate durability, Black Diamond paired an investment-cast 17-4 steel head (that can take abuse like no other) with the wicked Cobra Pick (that bites into ice like its namesake) to produce an axe that’s unbeatable in terms of performance and value. Available in both straight- and bent-shaft versions.
Classic design is strong, light and versatile
Weight is head-centered for precision swings
Comes equipped with a Cobra Pick


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Ed FUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

4 stars overall. 3 stars for pure vertical ice climbing, 5 stars for alpine climbing.

For pure ice, this tool has limitations because of its straight shaft. You bash your knuckles a lot more, and they don't swing like their bent counterparts.

For alpine, this one can't be beat. The straight shaft plunges very well, and the tools are very light, which makes a big difference. I don't like alpine climbing with a bent tool, so this one is great.

Overall, this is a great all-around tool to buy. It's cheap, and will work for a wide variety of stuff.
Posted Jun 12, 2005 12:14 pm

LINKALPAGood choice!

Voted 4/5

Great tools! These tools are perfect for my skill level and are cheap as all hell, which is a bonus to a young newly wed. Don't have a single complaint. Mine are the bent shaft version with the Titan pick, they swing well-plung well- and are reasonable light as far as tools go. If your not big into "Mountain Fashion" these tools are a safe bet.
Posted Feb 1, 2007 4:43 am

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