Gear Talk: New Ice Toys from Petzl

It has been a while since we’ve seen any redesigned ice screw from Black Diamond, Grivel, Petzl or any of the other big players. This year at the Winter OR show, Petzl announced the new generation of their Laser Ice Screw fleet. They are also showing off a couple other interesting ice items. We’ll have more information on these pieces of gear after next week when the OR show ends.

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D-LYNX: Screw-in mono-point crampons for ice & mixed climbing and dry tooling

Screwing the mono-point D-LYNX crampons directly onto shoes reduces weight considerably and improves rigidity. The shape and angle of the points are designed for expert use in dry tooling, mixed or ice climbing. The D-LYNX offers more striking precision thanks to the front/back positioning adjustment.

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LASER: Ice screw

Starting the LASER ice screw is facilitated by the optimized drill shape. Strength and durability are improved due to the steel tube and specific threading. Screwing is facilitated by the excellent ergonomics of the aluminum hanger.

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LASER SPEED: Ice screw with integrated crank

The LASER SPEED ice screw starts easily due to the optimized drill shape. Strength and durability are improved due to the steel tube and specific threading. The integrated flexible crank gives an optimized lever, making it easier and faster to screw in.

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LASER SPEED LIGHT: Lightweight ice screw with integrated handle

Ultra-light screw with aluminum tube is ideal for mountaineering. Starting is facilitated by the optimized shape of the steel drill. The integrated flexible crank gives an optimized lever, making it easier and faster to screw in. Petzl is classifying this as the lightest ice screw ever made. Probably true but I would think Aluminum would dull, dent and break easier… Maybe price will make them more appealing to the pocket?

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LIM’ICE: Sharpener for ice screws

The simplified handling of the LIM’ICE screw sharpener makes drill sharpening faster and easier. The two sharpening guides optimize precision sharpening on both sides of the drill teeth.

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What screw do you use? How do you feel about Aluminum? Leave a comment below.

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