Ice screws should be solid, not complicated.
Any gear you trust your life to should be simple and efficient. The Grivel Helix Ice Screw has a very basic design that's easy to place and super strong. The Helix has a very positive first bite to get your placement started and a large knob so you can crank in the pro and move on. Unlike most ice screws, all of Grivel's screws have reversed threads that increase their resistance against extraction for superior strength that you'll appreciate when you're on the verge of falling. The symmetrical design, with the knob opposite the clipping hole, allows for easy racking so they don't take up your whole harness.
- Symmetrical grip
- Large knob on grip
- Reversed thread design
- Q & A
Best screw youll ever have
Aside from the terrifying experience that is leading an ice climb, these things rock. Or ice. Or whatever. Easy in, easy out (when you want them out). They even took a spill and held perfectly. The weight is the best part, however. We would go up with a dozen and it was never an issue.
Look no further, these are what you want
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I use the helix, and the 360 solely. These screws are made with solar power. This should be the standard for ALL outdoor brands.
Great teeth, grest handle, solid feel, easy to place. I use them in a pan pipe, and on ice clippers, they rack easily, and place even easier. I have used bd, petzl, these as a speedy, and the 360 speedy. The helix is THE screw to use when the seconds count. And who doesn't love a product that was manufactured using sunshine?
Helix weight from website
Helixs are slightly heavier than black diamond expresses. For comparision, here are the bd express weights:
[10 cm] 118 g (4.16 oz)
[13 cm] 134 g (4.7 oz)
[16 cm] 145 g (5.1 oz)
[19 cm] 159 g (5.6 oz)
[22 cm] 168 g (5.9 oz)
Good screw, bad racking
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a great screw in terms of quick set and driving it in. But the handle sticking out makes for really back racking. They tend to get tangled up, especially when racked with other brands of screws.
Helix - pos and cons
Great screws for any ice. No matter what is type of ice, ice with stones, hard cold ice... Very good knobs. We have tried them on McKinley and Knan-Tengri (Tian-Shan). So if you need a universal screws for everything - it is right choice.
Cons: very heavy. Titanium set could be 2-3 times less in your back pack. But titanium does not always work for stiff cold ice. On summer, for low-altitude climb (4000-5000 m) I would prefer something different.
Overall: 5 stars - I recommend this for my friends for all climbs above 5000 m and winter climbs.
Great bite and rackability on clippers as others have stated. I would definitely recommend these.
How to Place an Ice Screw with Stephen Koch
Backcountry.com athlete Stephen Koch demonstrates how to place an ice screw while ice climbing.
Helix and a Mammut screamer on easy mixed, winter 2011.
Simply the best...
Simply the best ice screw currently available. Look around I ma not the only one saying so. And we have tried them all. Racking isn't an issue on clippers. How fast they go in is. Worth every penny you spend.
Works for the task
although I didnt buy them at backcountry.com :( I have a few of these and I cant say im super stoaked about them but I sure dont hate them...
They get the job done
I'm a believer
I've used a lot of screws in my days, and these are about as easy as they get. even a little easier than the express screw. I was worried about the handle getting tangled in gear, but they actually rack pretty neatly, and start really easily. for the price, probably about the best deal going. highly recommended.
Rackability of BD turbo express, same bite as the Grivel 360's. Only downside is a larger hanger, so clearing more ice may be necessary. Hanger still takes 2 biners.
A great standard ice screw
Not quites as smooth as the more expensive models but a great screw none the less. It goes in very smooth, easy to rack/un-rack and extremely strong. Wish they were color coded though.