Petzl Sum'Tec Mountaineering Ice Axe
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Awards Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award    
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Pros Climbs steep ice extremely well, sweet slider pommel, one of the best performing adzes in the review, chops ice like a championHot-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 Self-arrest performance is good but not great, heavy for basic mountaineering, expensiveA 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 Built with versatility and steep alpine routes in mind, this model has the shaft of an ice axe with the head of an ice toolIf 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 climbsIncredibly versatile, there are very few mountaineering objectives that this model doesn't perform well on
Rating Categories Petzl Sum'Tec Petzl Summit Evo Grivel Air Tech Evolution Black Diamond Swift Petzl Summit
Self Arresting (15%)
7
9
9
9
9
Digging & Step Chopping (15%)
9
9
9
9
8
Use As Improvised Anchor (15%)
9
8
8
9
8
Steep Ice & Snow (25%)
10
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7
Comfort To Carry (5%)
6
9
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8
Weight (25%)
6
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Specs Petzl Sum'Tec Petzl Summit Evo Grivel Air Tech... Black Diamond Swift Petzl Summit
Measured Weight 17.1 oz / 485g 14.1 oz / 400g 15.2 oz / 430g 17 oz / 487g 12.6 oz / 360g
Category Modular General General General/Technical General
Rating CEN-T CEN-B CEN-B CEN-T CEN-B
Pick Shape, Material, and Construction Modular head, compatible with all Petzl ice picks 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 cm 52, 59, 66 cm 48, 53, 58, 66 cm 50, 57, 64 cm 52, 59, 66 cm
Included Pommel or Leash? Pommel Lower Rubber Grip Pommel and leash Pommel No
Hammer Option Yes No Yes No No
Shaft Design Bent Bent Bent Bent Bent
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