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DMM Cirque

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: DMM Cirque mountaineering axe/piolet

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!

For now it's just walking and cutting steps since I never encountered a glacier in Crete to give it a go on ice, but I feel confident when the time comes due to its full T-rating.

I've been using it for two winter. Sounds like a GoT thing right? (lol)



Not the lightest one...I know.
"Handmade" protection.

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.

The silicon grip is great when cutting steps and somewhat insulating from cold as well. Just wish it had arm rest as option.

Forgot to mention that the leash is included as standard.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 90 EU

Excellent mountaineering axe for more technical use.


  • Good weight
  • Durable
  • 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

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