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Used Ice Axe

Postby jlarson630 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:22 am

For most climbing gear (biners, trad gear, slings, etc.) I have always followed the rule to not buy used gear for obvious reasons. There is a grey area though as far as stuff like ice axe, crash pad, etc. Just wondering what you guys think about picking up a used ice axe and saving a few bucks

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Re: Used Ice Axe

Postby aaron479 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:29 am

Any gear that you trust your life to...I like to know the history. I always buy new.

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Re: Used Ice Axe

Postby IkeB » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:09 am

Your fine with a used axe[quote][/quote]

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Re: Used Ice Axe

Postby GeorgiaTyler » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:57 am

You can sharpen the blades. Mine have seen a lot of use over the years, so mine are used too. Save some dough.

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Re: Used Ice Axe

Postby snowypeaks » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:07 am

I actually prefer some of the older models that have a heavier and tougher head and spike. I've used an older Interalp and Stubai for years that I picked up used. Axes become sentimental after a while and are like good hiking buddies... dependable and always there when you need them.

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Re: Used Ice Axe

Postby jeremy27 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:49 am

Buy used, beat it up a bit while you learn, get a new one once you realize how heavy the old one is. Worked for me. Just make sure the used one is not plainly damaged/bent/etc.

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Re: Used Ice Axe

Postby DaveLanders » Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:26 pm

My biggest concern with a used axe would be if somebody had dropped it a long ways, and loosened
the attachment of the pick and the shaft. You really don't want that to come apart when you
are self-arresting.

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