The Alpinist Mountain Standards reviews apply Alpinist's tradition of excellence and authenticity to gear reviews by providing unbiased, candid feedback and anecdotal commentary to equipment tested (hard) in the field. Our panel is comprised of climbers who use the gear every day as part of their work and play. Only the gear they would actually buy themselves, at retail price, qualifies for the Alpinist Mountain Standards award. The five-star rating system is as follows:
One Star = Piece of junk.
Two Stars = Has one or more significant flaws, with some redeeming qualities.
Three Stars = Average. This solid piece of gear is middle-of-the-road on the current market.
Four Stars = Better than most comparable gear on the market. It has one or two drawbacks, but still 90% positive.
Five Stars = Is there such thing as perfection? An Alpinist Mountain Standards award-winner.
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Charlet Moser Atzar
Posted on: July 30, 2005
"Wow" is the typical reaction I get when showing the Charlet Moser Atzar Ice Tool. The overall design and look of this tool just screams "alpine style." The Atzar's small diameter grip, and well thought out head configuration give it great balance and performance for technical climbing, ski mountaineering, and general high-angle mountain use. These tools should be your first choice when weight is your primary concern. The Freelock leash is the perfect companion when alternating your grip from shaft to head as well. The Atzar has been a perfect choice this spring in the Tetons when ski mountaineering conditions were at their best.