This is one of the heavier ice axes we tested and a little overkill for many moderate routes. But if you climb a lot of steeper terrain, this ice axe is tough to beat. Along with the Petzl Summit and the Grivel Evolution, it is the best step chopping and platform digging axe we tested. Compared to the Black Diamond Venom, it was more expensive but lighter and easier to climb leashless.
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Petzl has confirmed that a brand new, totally revamped version of the Sum'Tec is coming this summer! Keep reading to find out more.