Grivel Nepal Steel
This axe has been great for me so far. The durability…
Price Paid: $35
This axe has been great for me so far. The durability seems excellent. I've banged it around on rocks and dirt plenty and other than some scratches it's untouched.
I got mine used and expect to continue using it for along time, but the coating on the pick has come off in places and allows it to rust. This is a purely aesthetic problem but I mention it nonetheless.
I find it easy and comfortable to grip in a variety of ways even with mittens. The pick is nice and long, and has worked well for me to arrest even in softer snow. The adze is a very comfortable size in hand, and digs well.
As climbing gear is getting lighter and lighter I see my buddies carrying slightly lighter axes and am occasionally jealous. This axe isn't exactly a brick, but the Raven Pro and others shave a few ounces.
The weight factor is the only reason I rate it 4/5, but on durability, comfort and function it's a 5 for sure.