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Axes montage 2  © UKC Gear

Group Test Technical Ice Axes

Whether it's for Scottish mixed, Continental ice or drytooling, a pair of technical axes are your key weapons. In this comparison review seven models go head to head.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

QUARK montage  © Tom Ripley

Petzl QUARK

Last winter Petzl brought out a revamped range of technical axes. We covered the NOMIC and ERGONOMIC back in March, but a broken leg put our review of the updated QUARK on hold. So here it is...

Attila Tec Montage  © Tom Ripley
Attila Tec Montage  © Tom Ripley

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.

They're a fantastic all-round technical tool  © UKC Gear
They're a fantastic all-round technical tool  © UKC Gear

Petzl NOMIC and ERGONOMIC

Martin McKenna makes the best of a lean season to trial Petzl's two new top-end technical ice tools.

Nuptse evo montage  © Tom Ripley
Nuptse evo montage  © Tom Ripley

Climbing Technology Nuptse Evo Crampon

A classic 12-point crampon that will cover you from winter walking, though mountaineering, to climbing at a respectable...

Sharp Edge montage  © Ben Bishop
Sharp Edge montage  © Ben Bishop

Rab Sharp Edge Jacket

The Sharp Edge is a versatile and genuinely female-tailored ski mountaineering shell that will serve you well both up and downhill, all...

DMM Raptor montage  © Dan Bailey
DMM Raptor montage  © Dan Bailey

DMM Raptor Ice Axe

A classic mountaineering axe, the DMM Raptor has been around since 1999. In this review the current model goes head-to-head against its...

Grivel Air Tech montage  © Alex Berry
Grivel Air Tech montage  © Alex Berry

Grivel Air Tech Crampons

Most winter fans need an all-rounder in their crampon stash - one pair for everything from Munro walks to lower grade mountaineering. The...


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Expedition Kit Hire 3x2  © Expedition Kit Hire

Expedition Kit Hire

Expedition Kit Hire offer high quality clothing (inc B2/B3 boots) and equipment for any type of expedition, e.g. from Polar, High altitude, such as Denali, Mt Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc desert treks in Morocco or tropical treks in Costa Rica ...

Greg leads The Forge, onsight. He spent 4 hours on the first pitch.  © Guy Robertson
Greg leads The Forge, onsight. He spent 4 hours on the first pitch.  © Guy Robertson

Grivel - North Machine and North Machine Carbon

Now that Greg Boswell and Guy Roberston have kicked off their Scottish Winter season with the first ascent of The Forge X/10 on An Teallach we thought we'd give a run down of the latest tools available from Grivel.

Ski Workshop  © George Fisher
Ski Workshop  © George Fisher

George Fisher Ski Servicing

All our ski servicing is done in-store by fully qualified ski technicians, if you have any particular concerns or queries there's always someone to talk you through all your options.  To book your skis in for a service please contact us.

Shark Crampon  © Edelrid
Shark Crampon  © Edelrid

Edelrid Riot & Shark: The Perfect Combo

Now that the weather is turning colder it's time to start thinking about venturing into the mountains for some...

Snow Flex 3 x 2  © Climbing Technology
Snow Flex 3 x 2  © Climbing Technology

Climbing Technology Winter Range

Climbing Technology's range of winter specific equipment gets better each year. For winter 2018 / 2019 they have a...

Switch Handles being manufactured in Wales  © DMM
Switch Handles being manufactured in Wales  © DMM

DMM Ice Axe Range

For winter 2018/19 the tried and tested range of DMM ice axes has been updated with new colourways and laser markings. DMM tools are...

Expedition Kit Hire 3x2  © Expedition Kit Hire
Expedition Kit Hire 3x2  © Expedition Kit Hire

Expedition Kit Hire

Expedition Kit Hire offer high quality clothing (inc B2/B3 boots) and equipment for any type of expedition, e.g. from Polar, High...


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