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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.
Grivel Munro - £60
From cutting steps to arresting a slip, the Munro will quickly become your faithful companion on fells and corries.
More Info: Grivel Website
C.A.M.P Alpina - £110
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
Petzl Summit - £130
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 Cirque - £85
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
Black Diamond Raven - £79.99
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.
More Info: Black Diamond Website
Climbing Technology Alpin Tour G - £70
Lengths: 50cm, 60cm, 70cm
Weights: 610g, 640g, 660g
More Info: Climbing Technology Website
Salewa Tour X - £110
WEIGHT: 465 g
LENGTHS: 55cm, 62cm, 70cm
More Info: Salewa Website
Edelrid Raid - £125
Lengths: 50cm, 60cm
Weights: 575g, 615g
More Info: Edelrid Website
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