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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.

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These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

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 original ancestor. How has it changed over the last 18 years?

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 so far this season and everyone has come back with a resoundingly positive response. These axes work, and they work well. "The...

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 range and types of winter climbing? UKC Gear Tester Toby Archer finds out...

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...

Top Ice Axes

The UKC team looks at high performing ice axes from top brands such as Petzl, DMM, Black Diamond, Grivel and Edelrid. If you are in the...

Climbing Technology Nuptse Crampons and Alpine Tour Axe

Toby Archer checks out some winter hardware from Italian brand Climbing Technology. It's reasonably priced,...

Black Diamond Cobra Ice Axe

The Cobras perform brilliantly on big routes and ice falls, with even better looks. Will Sim tests the ultimate carbon fibre...

Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Climbing Technology Winter Range 2017/18

Climbing Technology have some great new products along the usual classics in their range for winter 2017 / 2018. Highlights include a new technical axe and crampon, improvements to the popular Ice Traction Crampons and a great looking new shovel too.

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 features the Grivel T-rated ice blade which is tapered down to 3mm at the final point to ensure an excellent ice penetration, even in...

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 range to suit just about every requirement - from Lakeland hill walks to Alpine couloirs. All models are made in Climbing...

New SALEWA North-X Ice Axe

Available from September The new SALEWA North-X Adze and Hammer is designed to bridge the gap between technical climbing tools and...


Train for Ice and Dry Tooling, Anytime. DRY ICE Tools, and now the new ICICLES, are the Perfect Solution for Indoor Training for Ice and...

Walking / Mountaineering Axes

With the alpine summer season now in full swing many people are getting kitted out with spikey, shiney toys to safeguard...

First Ascent DEAL OF THE MONTH: Black Diamond Fusion Ice Axe

Purchase a pair of Black Diamond Fusion ice axes and Punisher ice climbing gloves in either black or lime...

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