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Grivel Matrix Tech

Weight565 g

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Grivel Matrix Tech
4.5 out of 5 based on 2 user reviews.

Cred: 131
Review by gk5000 on Jan. 08, 2009
This tool is light and it feels nice in the hand. I've found that it swings very nicely provided you like a bit of flick in your wrist when you swing (which I do). Based on feedback from climbing partners, if you like a lot of drive behind your swing this might not be the best tool. The pick/hammer is all one piece (saves weight).
The pick/hammer is all one piece so it's limiting (no adze/hammer modularity) and costs a bit more to replace ($50 USD). The pinky guard has been uncomfortable for me to hang on at times, your mileage may vary. Leashes are problematic because of the location of the hole in the pick relative to the shaft. The BD Androids seem to work well.
I can't speak for alternatives for using this as a mixed tool as I don't do much mixed climbing. For water ice I might suggest demoing something like the BD Viper or Petzl Quark.

Cred: 5
Review by nickyg on Oct. 20, 2012
totally rad tool. I prefer it to the quantum tech, due to durability and overall rigidity. This tool has an amazing swing that sticks with little effort. They clean very well. These are the ultimate tools. I've tested them against all the classics... cobras, nomics, quarks, and the matrix tech wins. You can't beat the weight!
the accordion feature at the top is fried after one good season of climbing. oh well.
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