Rated 5 out of 5 by Raul Fusion Tools, Amazing!
One of my favorite places to climb outside the U.S. is in Chamonix, France. I make a point to stop by and log some alpine routes, on the Mont Blanc Massif, during my pilgrimage to Europe.
My primary and “got-to” tool is the Cobra for all my alpine climbing, and they handle superbly; however, for this trip I brought along my new Fusion tools for the sole purpose to venture onto more specific routes with more mixed and dry tooling opportunities.
Well, I was impressed with the performance of the Fusion tools. While climbing the Chèré Couloir a week or so ago, the tools handled great, getting better as the pitches got steeper; with a good swing (at least for me) they stuck to ice well, with some ice chipping a bit more than what I see with the cobras,…I know I should have used the Fusion Ice Picks on them but I honestly thought I could pick up a set in Chamonix, but could not find any. Anyways, they did amazing when placed on rock.
The next logical thing for me was to take a quick drive to Le Fayet for some steeper dry tooling. While I’m an M6 +/- kind of guy, I took the Fusion tools for several dry tooling laps at this nice crag to explore the possibilities, and what a pair of tools…amazing! You can torque them hard and place on delicate edges and will hold either way…these tools may be the key for me moving into higher M grades.
However, no “researcher bias” here; while in Le Fayet I saw more Fusion tools there than the Italian and French made tools. Furthermore, a couple of climbers borrowed my tools, one to get to his stuck tool, and the other just to try them out…and they may have “converted” to the BD Fusion.
Can't wait to try the Fusion with the ice pick this winter at Ouray. I might even get me the Stinger crampons to give them a try. If these crampons perform as good as the tools, I may park my Italian made crampons for the Stingers
June 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Max Rigidity is confidence inspiring
I have only just made the jump into ice climbing. as a heavier climber i immediately noticed how stiff the fusion was as i torqued my way up some early season mixed routes. Positive holds from the agressive geometry kept my confidence up on the first day out. Look foreward to puttin the ice picks on and havin a week at frankenstein
December 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by shaun Rock solid axe
I found this ice tool to be as efficient as the nomics i also own,but where this tool exels is on mixed ground.It just feels much sturdier,solid tool.
August 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steve Step your game up
I bought the Fusions to bring my climbing to the next level and boy do they. They stick really well in ice and will hold the smallest of rock nubbins. Jam them in a crack and torque them, they'll stay. Basically if you can think of a line, the Fusions can make it possible if your arms don't pump out first.
November 12, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Erik Great winter tool
I notice no real difference between these and the Nomics on ice. The Fusion is amazingly stiff, instantly noticeable on dry routes, where it feels most solid. A real durable workhorse for scrappy business in the mountains. Maybe just a bit on the heavy side for pitch-after-pitch of steep ice.
November 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mario Great tool for great days
This is my number one tool to go for anything! It climbs great on north faces and is my best bet on ice and mixed lines. It feels solid while torquing and jamming and places safe on littlest holds. Great tool!!
October 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dawn My 2 cents
This is my number one go to ice and mixed climbing tool. These tools can climb anything!
May 20, 2013