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photo: Grivel Nepal Steel mountaineering axe/piolet

Specs

Price Historic Range: $49.95-$59.95
Reviewers Paid: $35.00

Reviews

This axe has been great for me so far. The durability…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
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.