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Figfour Training Aid

Wooden mixed climbing and dry tooling specialist training aid for getting strong for the ice season; manufactured in the UK.

Figfour Drytooling training aid
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No more feeling unfit as soon as it’s ice climbing season (well… no more excuses anyway). Figfour is an award winning specialized training aid for mixed climbing and dry tooling.

Figfour lets you accurately replicate the actions of mixed climbing on indoor walls without damaging resin holds or base panels.

Designed to get you pumped and get you strong, Figfour is far from being the soft option. So the handles are unlike the large trigger grips and do not accurately reflect your ice axing standard.

The Figfour ergonomic shafts are precision CNC tooled from birch plywood, which cause minimal damage to your hands so that you can train for longer.

The replaceable grippy rubber loops are held in position by aluminum fixings. 

Lanyard fixing points are machined into shaft’s base.

Key features
  • 3 Year Alpine Bond
  • Training aid for mixed climbing
  • Replicates climbing action without damaging holds
  • Ideal for practicing techniques such as Fig 4s, Fig 9s, hand swaps
  • Die cut grippy rubber loops to replicate mixed climbing action
  • Ergonomic birch plywood shafts for maximum skin comfort
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Vital stats

Shaft: CNC tooled birch plywood
Loops: Die cut rubber

Origin: United Kingdom


Indoor drytooling

Figfour is a specialized training aid for mixed climbing and dry tooling. It is designed to allow climbers to accurately replicate the actions of mixed climbing indoors.


Figfour inspiration

Here are some places to find out more about Dry Tooling with Figfour.


The Figfour DryIce dry tooling sessions

The first DryIce session took dry tooling to the Tout a Blocs bouldering festival in France.



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Robb Haze
Some say Alpkit have unlocked the secret to removing all traces of “Puny Human” from the body.

They are brilliant. Not just an excellent training tool, but they are also great fun.

The lack of a textured grip really works your finger strength, body position and movement control. They generate massive levels of pump, which results in rapid development.

They do practically no damage to resin holds, unlike axes. Generally they are welcomed by most, in fact the majority of walls I’ve used them at, end up wanting to borrow them.

They are insanely cheaper than a set of axes and draw less attention in the street.

The only downside; you can’t claim to be Lara Croft.


Figfour vs Schmoolz

Mountain Instructor Alex Ekins puts Figfour head to head with Schmoolz in this article for Climber magazine.

The Figfours are beautifully engineered, It is obvious that a lot of care and thought has gone into making the Figfours as good as they can be. The wooden handle is comfy and can be hung onto without discomfort for extended periods of training.

Alex Ekins

The handles offer less support than the Schmoolz but that does mean you get pumped sooner but consequently stronger quicker.

Alex Ekins

Climber January 2011 - Alex Ekins

Winter workouts

Ian Parnell gets a winter workout with Figfour.

I've been using the Fig Fours again, this time trying to climb the main comp wall at the Foundry. I'm still adjusting to what they can do but I really do think they are a great convenient training aid for winter climbers.

Ian Parnell

Ian Parnell January 2010 - Ian Parnell

Pareti tests out Figfours

Italian climbing magazine, Pareti, reviews Figfours.

Arriva dalla ditta inglese Alpkit è certamente il miglior attrezzo prodotto in serie per l'allenamento sulle piccozze.


New from the English company Alpkit [Figfour] is certainly the best tool in class for training with ice tools.

Ashleigh's translation

Se usate correttamente sono un eccellente allenamento per il dry.


If used properly they are an excellent workout for the dry.

Ashleigh's translation

Pareti April 2012 -

Climbing has a look at indoor training tools for ice climbing

Climbing magazine has a look at indoor training tools for ice or mixed climbing. The Figfour is featured.

The Figfour has a thicker handle... The large rubber loop grabbed a wider range of holds.

Jack Roberts

Climbing December 2011 - Jack Roberts

Figfour Dry Tools

Gear Junkie Amy Jurries likes how the plywood shafted Figfours allow you to practice moves particular to ice and mixed climbing.

Climbing with the Figfours may be as close as you can get to mixed climbing or dry tooling without actually having picks.

Amy Jurries

Gear Junkie May 2010 - Amy Jurries

Rock & Ice magazine Figfour review

Premier US climbing magazine Rock & Ice review our innovative training aid for dry tooling.

The Figfours certainly delivered on the pump, and I had a blast traversing around the gym and experimenting. The great thing about the Figfours is that (unlike sharp picks on ice tools) they won't damage gym holds.

Jeff Jackson

Rock & Ice January 2014 - Jeff Jackson