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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.

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...

The Grivel Tech Machine Axes  © UKC Gear
The Grivel Tech Machine Axes  © UKC Gear

Grivel Tech Machine Ice Axes

The absolutely brilliant new Tech Machine Ice Axes from Grivel are, well, brilliant. We've passed them round 5 different testers...

Toby Archer testing the DMM Switch Ice Axes  © Toby Archer Collection
Toby Archer testing the DMM Switch Ice Axes  © Toby Archer Collection

DMM Switch Ice Axes

DMM's new top of the range ice tools do not disappoint when it gets steep and lairy, but are they versatile enough to span across the grade...

Viv Scott testing the DMM Apex axes at Sector Ecosse, Argentiere, Chamonix  © Jack Geldard
Viv Scott testing the DMM Apex axes at Sector Ecosse, Argentiere, Chamonix  © Jack Geldard

NEW DMM Apex and Fly Ice Axes

Viv Scott tests out DMM's new Apex ice axe, and a revision of their old favourite – the Fly. "Both the Apex and Fly feel...


Latest News

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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.

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 winter activities. Edelrid have a large range of products specifically developed for this purpose.

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 consolidated line of some of the most innovative and best value for money products on the market. All products are made to a very high...

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...

Climbing Technology Winter Range 2017/18

Climbing Technology have some great new products along the usual classics in their range for winter 2017 / 2018....

Grivel - The Tech Machine Feature    © Grivel
Grivel - The Tech Machine Feature    © Grivel

The Grivel Tech Machine

The Grivel Tech Machine is a strong and technical axe for alpine, hard Scottish mixed or steep ice climbing. Lightweight and functional, it...

Lycan Crampon  © Climbing Technology
Lycan Crampon  © Climbing Technology

Climbing Technology Winter Hardware

Climbing Technology's range of winter hardware continues to grow and for winter 2015 they have crampons and axes in the...


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