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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:21 am 
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I picked up a used BD Viper ice tool for a good price last summer, but it doesn't have a lot of pick left. I'm trying to decide between the skinny ice-specific pick, and the slightly burlier "alpine" pick.

I don't think I'll be doing a lot of mixed climbing with it, but I am likely to try to stick the tool into frozen dirt during sketchy descents, and will certainly bash it into some rocks in the course of doing so.

Any experienced ice climbers have an opinion on what's better? Is it worth sacrificing some hard ice performance for more durability?

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