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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award   
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Pros Best steep snow climbing performance, durable, penetrates hard ice well, excellent self-arrest and steep snow climbing performanceHot-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 designsClimbs steep ice extremely well, sweet slider pommel, one of the best performing adzes in the review, chops ice like a championCEN-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 Expensive, slightly on the heavier side, like its slider pummel but wished it could be placed in more positions along the shaftA little on the heavier sideSelf-arrest performance is good but not great, heavy for basic mountaineering, expensiveHeavy, expensive, wide pick is strong but doesn't penetrate ice as well as someSlightly more expensive side, not the best ice performance
Bottom Line One of the best all-around mountaineering axes out there, it just narrowly missed our Editors' Choice AwardIf 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 tripBuilt with versatility and steep alpine routes in mind, this model has the shaft of an ice axe with the head of an ice toolThis 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 Grivel Air Tech Evolution Petzl Summit Evo Petzl Sum'Tec Black Diamond Swift Petzl Summit
Self Arresting (15%)
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7
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9
Digging & Step Chopping (15%)
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8
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 Grivel Air Tech... Petzl Summit Evo Petzl Sum'Tec Black Diamond Swift Petzl Summit
Measured Weight 15.2 oz / 430g 14.1 oz / 400g 17.1 oz / 485g 17 oz / 487g 12.6 oz / 360g
Category General General Modular General/Technical General
Rating CEN-B CEN-B CEN-T CEN-T CEN-B
Pick Shape, Material, and Construction Hot-forged chromoly steel, classic positive curve Hot-forged steel, Classic Positive curve Modular head, compatible with all Petzl ice picks Hot-forged stainless steel, classic positive curve Hot-forged steel, Classic Positive curve
Lengths Available 48, 53, 58, 66 cm 52, 59, 66 cm 55 cm 50, 57, 64 cm 52, 59, 66 cm
Included Pommel or Leash? Pommel and leash Lower Rubber Grip Pommel Pommel No
Hammer Option Yes No Yes No No
Shaft Design Bent Bent Bent Bent Bent
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