These ice tools are excellent for steep waterfall ice or long alpine routes. The offset shaft places the head of the axe further forward, allowing a shorter, less awkward swing. The contoured grip allows for a firm grip and accurate swings. The "Freedom Leash" is simple, secure, and comfortable. The wrist loop can be enlarged to free the hand by placing the sewn loop over the hammer or adze and pulling downward. These tools have seen three seasons of use, and the picks are moderately worn, but overall they are in good shape.