I've always had high hopes for this tool. Great retail price point to start with, @ $175.00 per tool. Now with a ice specific pick and a more comfortable handle. It was good as a Gen 1 version. Suspect the Gen 2 version of the Raptor will be even better for my own use. I know just by looking at the new handle (less spike more open finger hook) the ease of rotation will be improved significantly.
I'm looking forward to using them and then writing a full review.
A few years ago on the original version @ the Weeping Wall.
1st generation Raptor
No smoke and mirrors here, but real design changes coming from climbers using the tools not the marketing department.
The old ones can be had for a deal (call them, bet they have more than 1 avail): http://www.mountaingear.com/webstore/Gear/Climbing/Ice-tools/Trango/Raptor-Ice-Tool/_/R-236785.htm
Just bought a set of the new Generation Raptors, very excited to get them out and swing them soon here in the White Mountains!
So how do the new Raptors climb? For someone who finds the pick angle of Nomics to be too steep, would the new Raptors be a good option?
Nomic is pretty much the gold standard in ice tools and one of the easiest to climb with, beginner or old hand. If you don't like the Nomic, not much you will like IMO. Raptor is a similar tool.
I just bought a pair for my wife. Can't wait to try them out myself!
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