Rated 5 out of
Will Mayo from
The Best Ice Screw on the MarketI have been climbing ice for 25 years. I started with Chouinard ice screws placed with a ratchet and pound-in Snargs. For two decades I used Black Diamond screws, which used to be the standard ice screws, everyone used them because they were the best. But, the Petzl Laser Speed screw has completely changed the ice screw game. These screws have a far superior tooth angle that bite into the ice much easier, are built of superior Charlet steel which is more durable, have a more ergonomic hanger, and they are lighter. Honestly, there is no comparison with any other ice screws, even my pals that work at BD readily agree: Petzl Laser Speed ice screws are far superior to any other ice screw on the market. You may not believe it till you try them. Trust me, they're surgical.
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 5 out of
Alaska faultline from
Step up from black diamond; different than grivelAwesome screws. They rack well, taking Minimal space. They feed well into -10f ice then into wet, plastic ice
Some of the benefits that I have not read elsewhere of their flickable handle is that it gives an additional 2 inches of handle length over black diamond so you get more leverage and thus faster screw Placements. But when the flickable handle is collapsed it takes less space than black diamonds so you don’t have to clear as much ice as black diamonds. The handle does flick out easily but doesn’t flop around annoyingly.
The hanger easily accepts two locking carabiners.
I feel these are a perfect hybrid between grivel 360s and black diamond screws. I keep and use my grivels because they place fast and are easier to place because you don’t need to clean an area as much. The black diamonds I own-rarely get used at all now.