My first axe.
- Fully T-rated (not just the pick)
- Good silicon grip
- Fair price
- Standard lease
- Somehow heavy
- No protectors available
When I started looking for an ice axe I came across a lot of options for general mountaineering use, but not a single one included a sturdy technical grade one. I wouldn't know if a basic grade axe could withstand anything else than basically walking on soft snow so I really wanted a technical one but not something "exotic". So a hybrid axe it is!
Not the lightest one...I know.
BTW, do you guys think that BD's spike and pick protection will cover DMM's as well?
Feels comfortable enough to the hand, though it doesn't have the BD's ergonomics.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 90 EU
Excellent mountaineering axe for more technical use.
- Good weight
- Slight curve
This is a excellent lightweight mountaineering axe. It is very useful in all situations. It has a slight curve, making it excellent for swinging. It's worth practicing arrests with it if you aren't used to curved tools. It's comfortable in the hand and just all a round great mountaineering axe.
It works great on glaciers, and performs well on steep sow gullies. I couldn't be happier. I do wish it had an adjustable plastic handle.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: £30