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Steep water ice and alpine performance — the C.A.M.P. Tiburon.
C.A.M.P. Tiburon, $190
Summary: The surprise of the review, the primeval-looking Tiburon pick penetrates with minimal effort and little ice disturbance, and was our favorite in cold, brittle conditions. The simplistic shaft is well suited to alpine conditions, but requires extra grip strength on steep ice or rock. The cable clipper that attaches the leash to the shaft is easy to use, though it rattles during placement. With good clearance and a decent leash, this is a solid waterfall and alpine ice tool for beginners and experts alike.
Pros: Excellent all-around tool. Solid pick penetration.
Cons: Rattly leash. Lacks ergonomic grip.
Overall grade: A-
C.A.M.P. USA: (303) 465-9429, www.camp-usa.com