Black Diamond Venom
Petzl Glacier
Petzl Glacier Literide
Petzl Ride
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Price $149.95 at Amazon$169.95 at REI
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Pros Climbs steep snow and water ice nearly as well as an ice tool, lightweight, compact length means it can go inside the pack for ski-mountaineering & alpine rock climbing, adjustable slider pommelModular head works with all of BD's ice tool picks, climbs steep snow and ice well, comfortable to carry in any position, great value, sweet FlickLock style slider pommel, grip, big spike, can clip two carabiners to the hole in its headOne of the best ice axes for the price, lightweight, comfortable to carry, excellent self-arrest performance, solid adze performanceLightest weight mountain axe with a spike, great price, very comfortable, solid self-arrest performanceExtremely lightweight, second lightest model we tested and the lightest overall to feature a steel head, steep snow climbing performance and self-arrest abilities, versatility
Cons Self-arresting, versatility, adze option is on the small sideHeavy, rubber grips get torn up quickly, pick isn't as durable as other modelsJust okay steep snow climbing abilityOnly comes in one size, just okay steep snow performanceNo real spike, only available in one fairly short length (45cm)
Bottom Line This super lightweight model is specialized but works extremely well for moderate snow and ice climbs, ski-mountaineering, and alpine rock climbingGeared towards steep snow, moderate ice, and complex glacier climbs - at a great priceA solid all-around mountaineering axe that wont break the bankA surprisingly versatile axe considering its impressively low weightNearly half the weight of many of its all-mountain counterparts, it has a steel pick and proved surprisingly versatile
Rating Categories Petzl Gully Black Diamond Venom Petzl Glacier Glacier Literide Petzl Ride
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 Gully Black Diamond Venom Petzl Glacier Glacier Literide Petzl Ride
Measured Weight 9.8 oz / 280g 18 oz / 514g 12.3 oz / 350g 11.2 oz /320g 8.4 oz / 240g
Category Ultralight/Technical General General Ultralight Ultralight
Rating CEN-B CEN-B CEN-B CEN-B CEN-B
Pick Shape, Material, and Construction Forged steel, slight reverse curve Modular head, both classic and reverse curve picks available Forged steel, classic positve curve Forged steel, classic positve curve Tempered steel, classic positive curve
Lengths Available 45 cm 50, 57, 64 cm 60, 68, 75 cm 50 cm 45 cm
Included Pommel or Leash? Pommel Pommel Yes No No
Hammer Option Yes Yes No No No
Shaft Design Bent Bent Straight Straight Bent
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