|Sticky (top left), HMS Magnum, Raid and Sturdy (right)|
The Raid alpine/mountaineering ice axe is a really well balance axe that will offer good security, as well as being a great functional tool.
The HMS Magnum is well designed large carabiner, with an extra large gate opening. Perfect for winter when fumbling around in big gloves.
A perfect glove for winter climbing is hard to find, but Edelrid have put quite a bit of thought into it. It is the thin glove that seems hard to get right, but the 2 new additions, the Sticky and Sturdy are top draw. The sticky is the thinner of the two. Made from synthetic leather to be robust, and with a thin fleece lining on the back of the hand to offer a little bit of warmth without compromising grip. The Sturdy is the thicker warmer option. Made from goats leather and with protectors for knuckles. These also have a warm fleece lining on the back of the hand, and a thin layer in the palms. Both models have an excellent fitting around the wrist.