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#19291 - 12/18/17 09:51 PM Cassin X-Dream Ice Picks
Dana M. Offline

Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 13
Loc: Fernie, BC
Just reaching out to the community regarding the ice picks avaialble for the x-dreams, and if anybody has any feed back from using them. Considering purchasing the newly available pick weights, but was wondering if I should just continue using the mixed picks they come with for well....mixed climbing and give the ice picks a go instead. Certainly the few times I've been on brittle thin ice this season, a little bit of head weight would have been nice, but maybe the ice pick would offer what I'm looking for. Any feedback would be appreciated.

#19295 - 12/19/17 09:39 PM Re: Cassin X-Dream Ice Picks [Re: Dana M.]
Grant P Offline

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Registered: 11/10/07
Posts: 1062
Loc: Calgary
Were you aware that in addition to original brand picks from Cassin, there is a mixed pick available from Howey Tool based in Ontario. - X-dream replacement pick
I don't have familiarity with the X-dreams however I did get a chance to climb on the Howey replacement for the Nomic. I really liked them but obviously different picks. Just throwing it out there for options. Cost wise they are $40, plus shipping cost of around $10.

In a no brand specific situation, it stands to reason that an ice specific pick should outperform a mixed pick for pure ice routes.

#19358 - 02/05/18 03:47 PM Re: Cassin X-Dream Ice Picks [Re: Dana M.]
Andrew Baisley Offline

Registered: 11/29/17
Posts: 12
Loc: Alberta
Does Howey Tool sell specific Ice picks for the X dreams or just the Mixed?

Also curious if there is anywhere in Canada selling the head weights for these?


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