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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award    
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Pros Comfortable to carry, great price, decent adze performance, head is easy to clip in several fashionsHot-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 spikeHot-forged pick, excellent self-arrest performance, fantastic adze design, below average weight particularly for an all-mountain option, solid steep snow climbing ability
Cons Doesn't penetrate firm snow or ice well, below average steep snow performanceA 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 someSlightly more expensive side, not the best ice performance
Bottom Line A solid general mountaineering axe for a great priceIf we could only own one ice axe, this would be it; it's an extremely capable all-arounder that offers a respectable weight for nearly any tripOne 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 climbsIncredibly versatile, there are very few mountaineering objectives that this model doesn't perform well on
Rating Categories Black Diamond Raven Petzl Summit Evo Grivel Air Tech Evolution Black Diamond Swift Petzl Summit
Self Arresting (15%)
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9
9
9
9
Digging & Step Chopping (15%)
7
9
9
9
8
Use As Improvised Anchor (15%)
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8
Steep Ice & Snow (25%)
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Comfort To Carry (5%)
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Weight (25%)
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Specs Black Diamond Raven Petzl Summit Evo Grivel Air Tech... Black Diamond Swift Petzl Summit
Measured Weight 16 oz / 437g 14.1 oz / 400g 15.2 oz / 430g 17 oz / 487g 12.6 oz / 360g
Category General General General General/Technical General
Rating CEN-B CEN-B CEN-B CEN-T CEN-B
Pick Shape, Material, and Construction Laser cut, stainless steel, classic positive Hot-forged steel, Classic Positive curve Hot-forged chromoly steel, classic positive curve Hot-forged stainless steel, classic positive curve Hot-forged steel, Classic Positive curve
Lengths Available 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 90 cm 52, 59, 66 cm 48, 53, 58, 66 cm 50, 57, 64 cm 52, 59, 66 cm
Included Pommel or Leash? No Lower Rubber Grip Pommel and leash Pommel No
Hammer Option No No Yes No No
Shaft Design Straight Bent Bent Bent Bent
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