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Get a good grip on your axe and the ice with with the versatile Aztarex ice tool from Petzl. Comfortable to use with or without a leash due to its GRIPSWITCH hand rest, you'll find that it's just as easy to swing and place with the minimal weight rotation point and thin, forged pick.
- Mountain Gear
You have been looking everywhere for a tool that climbs ice well, has a usable shaft for mountaineering, and is light enough that you won't notice it on your pack during a ski tour. You have been looking for the 500-gram Petzl Aztarex Ice Tool. A removable GripSwitch allows leashless use and can be stored in the shaft for a cleaner profile when plunging. The weight of the Aztarex is concentrated on the head to allow better penetration, and the curved shaft makes hooking easy.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Petzl Aztarex Ice Tool The SPECS 3-year guarantee Standards: CE / UIAA The hand rest can removed with a screwdriver or coin and stored in shaft Weight: 500 g Height: 50 cm Shaft Type: T Pick Type: Blueice - Type B ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL.
Designed for fast-and-light technical mountaineering, the Petzl Aztarex ice tool with hammer takes on steep glacier headwalls, waterfall ice, and technical rock with equal poise. Light shaft (type B) has an optimal distribution of weight to create a high-performance swing for solid placements. Hand rest lets you use the tool without a leash; hand rest can be removed and stored in the shaft so it won't interfere when plunging the tool into snow. Forged Blueice pick (type B) is designed for hard ice; steeply angled first tooth is ideal for thin ice and hooking. Curved upper shaft gives clearance for easy placements and hooking. Hammer head shatters loose ice and drives in pro. Shaft length is 50cm.
The Petzl Aztarex is a versatile lightweight mountaineering and ice climbing axe.Comfortable to use, even leashless, due to GRIPSWITCH hand rest.High performance swing due minimal weight at rotation point (minimized shaft weight).Efficient placements:Thin, forged, finely worked pick for hard ice,Steeply angled first tooth for thin ice and hooking.Curved upper shaft for ease of placement and hooking.Works well in piolet-canne usage: the GRIPSWITCH can be stored in the shaft for better penetration in hard snow.Adze or hammer versions available.Certification: CE, UIAATechnical Specifications: BLUEICE pick (type B) included Interchangeable pick Type B shaft. Length: 50 cm GRIPSWITCH can removed and stored in shaft with a screwdriver or coin. 500 g
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