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Figfour Dry Tooling

Award winning ice climbing training aid for mixed climbing and dry tooling

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Drytooling training aid

Figfour is an award winning specialized training aid for mixed climbing and dry tooling.

Designed to allow climbers to accurately replicate the actions of mixed climbing on indoor walls, without damaging the resin holds or base panels of existing climbing surfaces with the sharp picks found on traditional ice axes.

Figfour is designed for training... it is not the soft option, the idea is that you get pumped using them; they make you stronger for when you can get back out on the real stuff. For this reason they do not feature large trigger grips and do not try to replicate your standard ice axe shafts exactly. 

The Figfour ergonomic shafts are precision CNC tooled from birch plywood. The replaceable die cut rubber loops are held in position by specially designed aluminum fixings. Lanyard fixing points have been machined into the base of the shaft.

Key features

  • Weight (pair): 700 g
  • Shaft length: 33 cm
  • Shaft width: 24 mm
  • Loop length: 32 cm


Put the effort in and you might get stronger!

Origin: United Kingdom

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    They were a big hit at the party. We had to physically pry them out of hands and pass them to the next person to make sure everybody had a go! For me, I don’t think anything will top seeing Santa Figfour his way through a roof with power grunts!

    I’ll be looking to order a pair myself as soon as Christmas is over with, as well as a couple of pairs for centre use. We’re trying to get our heads around some kind of bonus FigFour circuit for the third round of our winter bouldering competition - If we do, I’ll make sure there are plenty more pics and videos.

    Can’t thank you enough!

    24 December, 2012 by Tom

    We got them for our local bouldering wall and they absolutely rock! Was has amazed us is the entertainment value - adrenaline is back in the bouldering wall. A lot of care needed (just like on real ice) when placing and weighting the axes.

    Routes that were easy classics of our bouldering wall are now super challenges for the axes. We tend to traverse a lot to get milage, and the axes are excellent for this. Since you hang out from the wall, you get sustained climbing more than with your hands.

    We have considered making our own, but yours are so well made, packs heaps of incremental innovations, and are affordable (but currently sold out!), so why bother with our own - we would not be able to create such a work of beauty as you have.

    Looking forward to seeing the axes entering the broader scene and how people are going to be using them.

    Word of advice:
    Make sure your falling areas are good - you never know when you might drop off like a sack of potatoes. Which is part of the fun (for the climber and the spectator)


    09 December, 2011 by Mathias

    Hey Alpkit!
    I just got the parcel today which is a few days earlier than expected! Amazingly fast delivery from Uk all the way to Canada! I’ve been fooling around on the FigFours on my campus board at home and they work relatively well. Cant wait to take them to the local gym.

    04 November, 2011 by John k

    Dear Alpkit,
    the Figfours had arrived today, like you told us.
    We are very happy with these products and your service. We will test them in the next few weeks.
    Your service was incredibly good :D
    Thank you very much for this!
    Sylvia and Malte Koenen

    07 February, 2011 by Malte and Sylvia Koenen

    Ramon has posted up a review of his Figfours.

    “So a few session have gone in with the Fig4’s and I can say they are a pretty good aid for specific training for mixed & ice climbing”

    You can read more on his blog.

    28 September, 2010 by Kenny Stocker [Alpkit]

    Generally I like it, great for climbing while I wanted to rest my injured finger but keep upper body going. Always feel a little exposed when bouldering but great for top roping. Nottingham was very accommodating as ever The Edge in Sheffield also was fine with them.
    To improve: could supply with hints and tips manual for best practice rather just health and safety…... not much to say here you’ll be pleased to know!!

    19 September, 2010 by Simon

    I bought them primarily to climb to keep upper body strength while my finger injury slowly mended. For this they were really fantastic. I did find the local climbing wall very accommodating but there were relatively few climbs I found were suitable - perhaps they will set some dedicated routs in the new Nottingham center!!
    If I could add anything it would be an early warning device to let me know when I’m about to fall off!!!
    Great job

    09 August, 2010 by Simon

    Dear Alpkit,

    I have only used the Figfours a few times since buying them, as we are currently in our winter here in New Zealand and I don’t train whilst I can do the real thing.

    I am 46 and have found that training and climbing leads to tennis elbow and a long recovery period.

    The tools work well on pointed and square holds at the wall, but not so well on the more rounded holds, slipping occasionaly. I haven’t tried asking my local wall to set up more friendly routes yet.

    The wooden shafts are not as easy to grip as my real tools, (BD Vipers with finger rests & lots of black tape), but I think this is a good thing as it means that I have to grip harder, & so pump out more quickly.

    Sorry I haven’t got more feedback for you, I’ll send some more info when I’ve given them more use.


    Gary Kinsey

    05 August, 2010 by Gary Kinsey

    Figfour vs Schmoolz

    Climber January 2011 - Alex Ekins

    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

    Winter workouts

    Ian Parnell January 2010 - Ian Parnell

    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

    Pareti tests out Figfours

    Pareti April 2012 -

    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

    Climbing has a look at indoor training tools for ice climbing

    Climbing December 2011 - Jack Roberts

    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

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    Gear Junkie May 2010 - Amy Jurries

    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

    Rock & Ice magazine Figfour review

    Rock & Ice January 2014 - Jeff Jackson

    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

    It was way back in 2004 that Pete Dollman began developing a tool that could simulate the actions of dry tooling and ice climbing indoors without damaging the holds. The initial prototypes were simply knotted lengths of rope but these soon progressed to a wooden shaft while studying product design at Dundee University. Pete joined Alpkit in 2008 and developed the product further and it was launched as the commercial product available today.

    AK Tall Story
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