Petzl Summit Evo
Black Diamond Swift
Petzl Sum'Tec Mountaineering Ice Axe
Petzl Summit
Awards Editors' Choice Award   Top Pick Award  
Price $179.95 at Backcountry
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Pros Hot-forged pick penetrates snow and ice extremely well, no-teeth on gripping area of pick, curved shaft and teardrop/oval shaped shaft excel in steeper terrain, exceptional self-arrest performance, one of the best overall adze designsBest steep snow climbing performance, durable, penetrates hard ice well, excellent self-arrest and steep snow climbing performanceCEN-T rating, rad FlickLock style slider pommel, curved shaft keeps hands warmer and drier during steep snow climbs, heavy tapered pick provides great support/purchase during normal conditions, huge spikeClimbs steep ice extremely well, sweet slider pommel, one of the best performing adzes in the review, chops ice like a championHot-forged pick, excellent self-arrest performance, fantastic adze design, below average weight particularly for an all-mountain option, solid steep snow climbing ability
Cons A little on the heavier sideExpensive, slightly on the heavier side, like its slider pummel but wished it could be placed in more positions along the shaftHeavy, expensive, wide pick is strong but doesn't penetrate ice as well as someSelf-arrest performance is good but not great, heavy for basic mountaineering, expensiveSlightly more expensive side, not the best ice performance
Bottom Line If we could only own one ice axe, this would be itOne of the best all-around mountaineering axes out there, it just narrowly missed our Editors' Choice AwardThis burly ice axe is everything you could want for challenging glacier routes and steep snow climbsBuilt with versatility and steep alpine routes in mind, this model has the shaft of an ice axe with the head of an ice toolIncredibly versatile, there are very few mountaineering objectives that this model doesn't perform well on
Rating Categories Petzl Summit Evo Air Tech Evolution Black Diamond Swift Petzl Sum'Tec Petzl Summit
Self Arresting (15%)
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Digging & Step Chopping (15%)
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Use As Improvised Anchor (15%)
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Steep Ice & Snow (25%)
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Comfort To Carry (5%)
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Weight (25%)
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Specs Petzl Summit Evo Air Tech Evolution Black Diamond Swift Petzl Sum'Tec Petzl Summit
Measured Weight 14.1 oz / 400g 15.2 oz / 430g 17 oz / 487g 17.1 oz / 485g 12.6 oz / 360g
Category General General General/Technical Modular General
Rating CEN-B CEN-B CEN-T CEN-T CEN-B
Pick Shape, Material, and Construction Hot-forged steel, Classic Positive curve Hot-forged chromoly steel, classic positive curve Hot-forged stainless steel, classic positive curve Modular head, compatible with all Petzl ice picks Hot-forged steel, Classic Positive curve
Lengths Available 52, 59, 66 cm 48, 53, 58, 66 cm 50, 57, 64 cm 55 cm 52, 59, 66 cm
Included Pommel or Leash? Lower Rubber Grip Pommel and leash Pommel Pommel No
Hammer Option No Yes No Yes No
Shaft Design Bent Bent Bent Bent Bent
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