Page Type Gear Review
Object Title X-Dry
Manufacturer Cassin
Page By Sebastian Hamm
Page Type Apr 22, 2007 / Apr 22, 2007
Object ID 3009
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Product Description

The X-DRY has been created with the help Evgeny Krivosheitsev for competitions, dry-tooling and extreme mixed routes.
It is light, only 556g, and built from the best materials available.
The blade is laser cut and the tip hot swaged for increased strength.
The double density shaft is equipped with an extra X-GRIP for better handling.
The ice climbing world champion ice axe.
Super performant in all the hottiest spots of the Alps,
Quebec and Rockies.
Outstanding design

Competition/dry-tooling and extreme ice climbing axe.
Shaft Type: T.
Blade Type: B.


50 cm

556 g.


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funkyicemonkey - Mar 12, 2011 1:56 pm - Hasn't voted

Terrific Tool
Ive been testing these back to back with Grivel Petzl and BD tools for a few weeks and I have a few things to add. Excellent tool, simply excellent. However... Most modern hard ice tools have a kink/bend in the top third for good reason as it allows a very direct reach over bulges and its just feel obvious. Axes with continuous curves like these dont have that reach. Having said that it is a trade off, with the X-All/Ice/Mixed you get decent handling on the under 90 degree stuff and it takes on the mountains with ease. Have you ever found yourself wanting to plunge an axe shaft into soft snow at the top of a climb? Or how about hold the shaft mid way and plug up a gully using the pic and point of your axe? A quick foot belay? A Ice Axe Arrest? You can do this with these - Dont even try with your Nomics. Its only where you get cauliflowered bulbous ice (like rigid designator last week...) that you feel the disadvantages. I think Camp/Cassin may have made one of the greatest all mountain tools around while trying to make a pure technical tool. Will I be selling my Nomics for these? No, however Ive just listed a pair of skis on craigs list and im going to use the profits towards these. BTW the picks need a good bit of work with a file to stop them sticking when overdriven. Quick overview - Good very neutral swing (id personally like some removable head weights), choice of grips great axe for those new to the sport or those looking to expand to alpine territory. I may post this on the other X-tool axe pages as they are essentially the same tool with different pics/grips which are interchangeable. Love 'Em

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