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Thread: MTN Stick - Extendable Walking/Ice Axe Combo

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    MTN Stick - Extendable Walking/Ice Axe Combo

    Anyone using one of these?

    www.mtn.co.nz/product/mtnstick


    Thoughts? Kuiu use to see a good looking telescopic ice axe but can't find it now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikka7mm08 View Post
    Anyone using one of these?

    www.mtn.co.nz/product/mtnstick


    Thoughts? Kuiu use to see a good looking telescopic ice axe but can't find it now.
    I believe they say not to use as a serious ice axe. Cool bit of kit though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikka7mm08 View Post
    Anyone using one of these?

    www.mtn.co.nz/product/mtnstick


    Thoughts? Kuiu use to see a good looking telescopic ice axe but can't find it now.
    I believe they say not to use as a serious ice axe. Cool bit of kit though.

    Actually scratch that misread that abit

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    Yeah I don't need a full on ice axe - afraid of heights LOL...but this is a good looking but of kit. I have CF walking sticks and thought I'd never use them but they are great.
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    96cm is a pretty short walking pole...

    I also wonder how solid it would be as a walking stick at full extension...

    personally I think you'd be better off with Kahtoola microsipkes and a genuine ice axe. Ice axes need to be short to work - from hand at side to around your ankle... I'm 1.75m and correct ice axe size for me is 65cm
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    I like the general idea but the ones I've seen advertised don't seem to be made strong enough for the times you suddenly REALLY need one (lack of a proper rating which ice axes are required to have), and that one isn't really any lighter than many ice axes (though a bit longer for walking if you're tall).

    Better off with something like this IMO: https://www.bivouac.co.nz/brands/bla...info\.overview and if you're mostly using it for walking/easy terrain then go for a long size - shorter axes and technical reverse-curve picks aren't needed unless you're bashing up steep stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikka7mm08 View Post
    That one has the certified rating so should be stronger (B-rated is the same as most regular 'walking' type ice axes, T-rated is a level up for technical climbing and belaying off etc). You could still get a regular axe of similar weight for much less money, but if you really want the adjustable length its probably a better option than the MTN one.

    Personally I just use light walking poles for the walking and carry ice axe etc as well if I think I might need it for snow and ice. My light walking axe is under 400g so not too much weight to strap on your pack on for a might-need-it trip, I also have heavier technical axes for steep stuff but thats another story, they haven't been used in a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GravelBen View Post
    That one has the certified rating so should be stronger (B-rated is the same as most regular 'walking' type ice axes, T-rated is a level up for technical climbing and belaying off etc). You could still get a regular axe of similar weight for much less money, but if you really want the adjustable length its probably a better option than the MTN one.

    Personally I just use light walking poles for the walking and carry ice axe etc as well if I think I might need it for snow and ice. My light walking axe is under 400g so not too much weight to strap on your pack on for a might-need-it trip, I also have heavier technical axes for steep stuff but thats another story, they haven't been used in a while.
    And my walking stick is 180grams so that package is hardly heavier than the MTN Stick
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    Yep, bloody good piece of kit. Love mine, wouldn't go anywhere hunting without it. I use the Large version and im 6ft.

    Very very solid as a walking stick when fully extended. I've put a lot of weight on this, fully loaded pack with meat & bull cape etc. Tough as nails piece of kit. Also use it to assist crossing rivers too.

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    I'd only need the regular version I suspect. Damn it. Cheers @hotsoup
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikka7mm08 View Post
    I'd only need the regular version I suspect. Damn it. Cheers @hotsoup
    Is it to help you get up off the couch?
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    Was going to give to you so you can get to the computer quicker for your trolling! Ordered the regular. You can fieldtest for me.

 

 

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