The Grivel Axe Guard. Always carry protection—for your ice axe.
The Grivel Axe Guard covers the pick and adze on your ice axe to keep if from ripping your new down jacket to shreds during the car ride to the trailhead. Cover your ice axe's sharp points with this simple rubber guard to ensure all your gear makes it to the start of your objective without suffering serious damage.
- Q & A
I have purchased a pair to replace my aging Salewa guards. The material appears to be superior to the Salewa's soft rubber but unfortunately there is a related design flaw in the guard: The material is stiff so the connecting spring is prone to fatigue where it joins the inflexible adze section. Of the two guards purchased, one broke on its own after a few days on an axe (the sustained spring tension was enough to tear it apart) and the second one broke soon after that in the same spot. Later I have seen a few still in a store and they already developed cracks, again in the same spot.
Used this guard a couple of times. The rubber broke apart. Replaced with the Black Diamond guards which work much better