Edelrid Attila Tec Axe
The Attila Tec mountaineering axe features a fold-out grip rest and a plastic head grip. But how well do these additions stand up to the rigours of winter mountain use? Tom Ripley soon finds out.
With the alpine summer season now in full swing many people are getting kitted out with spikey, shiney toys to safeguard their alpine ascents. If you're in the market for a long handled Ice Axe for either this summer's alpine season or next winter's Scottish maelstrom, then look no further.
Below we have listed 8 axes, each from a different manufacturer so that you can compare weights and prices and decide which axe is for you.
From November to May in Scotland (and all year-round in the Alps) mountain walkers trekking above the snowline appreciate the security afforded by a solidly built ice axe.
From cutting steps to arresting a slip, the Munro will quickly become your faithful companion on fells and corries.
More Info: Grivel Website
For rugged alpine terrain, this T-rated ice axe has few peers. The unique forged chromoly steel head delivers superior strength and durability. A refined pick provides excellent performance both when swinging into ice and during a self arrest.
The curve and arc of the adze have been optimized for maximum cutting performance, a feature greatly appreciated when chopping a sleeping platform. In addition, the sculpted head with the thermoplastic cap creates a comfortable hand grip when using the axe as a cane.
More Info: CAMP Website
A Classic modern mountaineering ice axe
The SUMMIT is designed for modern classic mountaineering. A result of the expertise acquired over many years, Petzl have taken a new technical approach to this category of axe.
The slightly curved shaft provides the necessary clearance on steep or icy terrain with a light, hot forged steel head attached to a texturised, rubber shaft ensuring minimum weight and maximum efficiency with great thermal insulation.
More Info: Petzl Website
DMM’s classic walking and mountaineering axe.
Our popular workhorse walking and mountaineering axe is now even sleeker and stronger.
The new handle provides superb grip and the fully T-rated pick and shaft provides ultimate security in self-arrest and belay building. Now also available in a hammer option for when the going gets steeper and two axes are required.
A perfect pairing for lightweight semi technical mountaineering.
Available in 50cm (565g), 55cm (583g), 60cm (604g), 65cm (626g).
More Info: DMM Website
The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe with Grip takes our classic mountaineer's piolet and adds a lower grip and a Slider Leash for increased security and versatility.
The aluminum shaft and investment-cast stainless steel head provide durable, classic functionality-whether you're plunging up a snowy chute or traversing a jagged crevasse field.
The comfortable dual-density grip increases holding power for icy steps and short steep sections where you need to use the axe like a modern ice tool.
Weight With Leash : [55 cm] 505 g (1 lb 2 oz)
More Info: Black Diamond Website
A robust general walking axe:
Lengths: 50cm, 60cm, 70cm
Weights: 610g, 640g, 660g
More Info: Climbing Technology Website
Classic touring ice axe for high-alpine terrain.
WEIGHT: 465 g
LENGTHS: 55cm, 62cm, 70cm
More Info: Salewa Website
A technical ice axe for classic mountaineering, high-alpine expeditions and mountain guides.
Lengths: 50cm, 60cm
Weights: 575g, 615g
More Info: Edelrid Website
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