First off: The Apex ice tools
These are a perfect all-around tool. This pair of axes crush steep ice and are particularly adept at climbing thin steep ice. Like all of the tools out of DMM in Wales, these are T-rated – the strongest strength rating for ice axes.
Torque Nuts (or hexes)
The cow bells of the north country, you can tell a mixed climbing crusher is approaching when you hear the distinctive hollow ‘dong’ of hexes jangling on a climber’s harness. This lightweight, timeless type of pro has been given a face lift by DMM and they better than ever. Lighter, more durable than cams, and better are staying put when placed in icy cracks, the Torque Nuts are a mixed climbing must.
When at the DMM table give these bad boys a wide birth because they really bite. These nuts cover a large range and, thanks to the innovative design, slot and stay far better than other companies’ nuts in icy cracks (or, really, any crack). The Off-sets have seen noticeable improvements in the past years in color coding and making these already burly nuts even more robust and durable.
The standard nut from DMM, which means you can expect consistent quality and a high degree of craftsmanship. Take a look at these nuts at IME and notice the little details that make them really stand out from other companies. The wall nuts are a go-to for a climber looking for a year-round nut option.
At the top of a long circuitous pitch, have you ever felt like your belayer is messing with you and not actually feeding out slack as you nearly pull yourself off the cliff? Rope drag happens but it doesn’t have to. The Revolvers dramatically reduce rope drag with a spinning wheel mounted in the carabiner. Look them up and keep a few handy on your longer slings, you’ll thank DMM if you do.
Bulldogs & Terriers
Spectre hooks, called out by name frequently in NorthEast ice and mixed guidebooks, can be pounded into ice, cracks, or turf (lots of turf). If you are an aspiring alpine or mixed climber and don’t know what these are drop by the DMM table and ask. They look scary but few pieces of protection can bring as much relief as the DMM Bulldogs and Terriers. The most recent Rock and Ice Weekend Whipper wouldn’t have been so long if only the climber had brought along some Terriers or Bulldogs
Climbing leashless without actually risking dropping your tools? Yeah, it seems like a contradiction but not with the Freedom Leashes. Have the ability to quickly and easily switch tools and, as an added bonus, when you get pumped out of your gourd and can no longer muster the 10 lbs of force required to hold onto your tools just take a seat. These leashes will have you (as long as your tools are solid and you lower onto them).
Dragons & Demons
The light, new, innovative cams from DMM. Take a look at these modern classics and see why so many climbers are raving about this little Welsh climbing company.
DMM’s workhorse locking carabiner. Lightweight and incomparably strong, the Boa, as with all DMM products, is really made by the attention to detail that the engineers in Wales paid to this awesome locker.
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Give a nod to other people at the crag that you know whats good with these other pieces of DMM schwag.