Black Diamond Ice Screwup
Black DiamondIce Screwup

Ice screws attack your clothing if you put them in the same pack without a Screwup.

The Black Diamond Ice Screwup is a roll-up bag with slots to hold six ice screws. Keep your teeth and threads sharp and protect your $300 down coat while you're at it. You'll be happy that you did. *Ice screws not included.

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Protect your threads!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a firm believer in keeping your ice screws in pristine condition, and this little doohickey does a better job of it than anything else I've used or seen. It's true that the stubby screws can be pulled out of there sometimes, that usually only seems to happen if they get caught on something that causes them to be tugged out. If you make conscious effort to really tighten the strap down when close the thing up, you shouldn't really have any issues. And at only $20, you can't really go wrong or ask for more! Pick one up, you probably won't regret it!

The simplest and best.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ice screw points and - more importantly - threads need to be protected. Sure, your gear needs to be protected from them too. But if they get dings or burrs they won't go in as easily or have the same surface area for holding an anchor or a fall.

I tried other solutions like chisel/tool rolls made of various materials, some cheap, some not, but the same three problems always persisted:

1. The hangers made keeping it compact difficult/impossible.
2. They didn't do well with getting/staying wet.
3. Having different sized screws made things awkward when rolling/folding.

The Screwup stores any size screws, has room for the hangers, and is synthetic so it doesn't absorb moisture and dries fast. As long as you cinch the strap rightly your screws never slip out.

The threads and points are always protected. I don't even use the end caps they came with anymore. After years and abuse my Screwups have remained bomber and like new.

I occasionally wish I could make it more compact when all I'm using that day are stubbies, but that's a small price to pay.

Like the title says, of everything I've tried, this is the simplest and best solution.

Thanks Icychap for the thorough and very informative review. We appreciate your contributions to the backcountry community.

OK, but...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It mostly works as described to keep the screw points contained, but there isn't much to keep the screws in place. Once in the roll-up and secured the shorter screws can slide out. That's not likely to happen in a pack, but a more secure strap would be helpful. I'm going to keep using it, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Hey Matt, I'm right with you on this version of the Screw Up. Shorter screws slide out and I wish they could hold more than 6. If I find something better I'll let you know!

What are Tools Without a Toolbox?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Ice Screwup is way better than having to fuss with the rubber caps that come stock. I just wish it would hold more screws.

I agree. I wish they would make an 8 screw model. More than that and it might be too difficult to roll up with all the hangers bunching.

Keeps em sharp

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pretty much essential gear, unless you wanna keep screwing (ha, pun intended) with the plastic protectors the screws come in. Definitely recommend.

Pretty self explanatory...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like these, because they prevent my screws for banging against other hard metal (and ruining the points), and they keep my puffy from exploding into a giant mess in my bag. BD used to have something like this for 10 screws... I wish they had that still.

Protects your screws, and your stuff

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Does exactly what it is supposed to. Most importantly, it keeps each screw separate so the threads are protected too (after all, that's what holds you!). Long enough that long screws don't stick out, so I don't even use the end caps anymore. When the strap is tightened they will not slip out, even when upside down. This thing is simple, and bomber. Best solution I've seen. Sure I wish it held more, but they're cheap enough to buy two.

Protects your screws, and your stuff

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Does exactly what it is supposed to. Most importantly, it keeps each screw separate so the threads are protected too (after all, that's what holds you!). Long enough that long screws don't stick out, so I don't even use the end caps anymore. When the strap is tightened they will not slip out, even when upside down. This thing is simple, and bomber. Best solution I've seen. Sure I wish it held more, but they're cheap enough to buy two.

Simple

    low-bulk way to keep your screws from poking holes in your pack

    Does this hold screws of up to 22cm without...

    Does this hold screws of up to 22cm without sticking out a ton on the end?

    Best Answer

    Yeah. A 22cm will only barely stick out.

    Simple, light

      Good way to store screws and keep them sharp. Light enough to carry to the base. I have yet to see a better option.

      Needs to be bigger

        A great way to keep your screws sharp and your down inside the jacket, but why does it only hold 6 screws?

        So that they can sell you two of them.

        screw up - tie up and go

          great bag to have for your screws. Keeps the backback tidy and the screws from ripping other stuff in the back. Really handy to have - highly recommendable.