The gear-naming committee had it easy with this one: CAMP’s Cassin X-All Mountain proved excellent for nearly every type of route our testers targeted, from iron-hard ice on a single-digit day in Cody, Wyoming, to slippery limestone edges on mixed climbs in Colorado.
The secret: a sharply bent shaft that provides clearance over erratic ice features, balanced swing weight, and a tough but thinner-than-most pick that penetrated all densities of ice and held aggressively onto rock features. “I got consistent, bomber sticks,” says a Colorado tester. “It fit well in my hand and never felt top-heavy, even when I was starting to get pumped.”
Also backing up the name: a unique interchangeable grip system which lets you customize the tool for different styles of climbing: One grip with two supportive hand “ledges” for leashless climbing; a single-ledge grip for steep ice; and a minimalist grip designed for plunging into snow while mountaineering.
The tool comes standard with the leashless grip; other grips are $15 apiece. In effect, it’s three tools in one.