Black Diamond Venom
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Petzl Summit Evo
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Petzl Summit
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Awards  Editors' Choice Award    
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Pros Modular 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 headHot-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 Heavy, rubber grips get torn up quickly, pick isn't as durable as other modelsA 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 Geared towards steep snow, moderate ice, and complex glacier climbs - at a great price.If 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 trip.One of the best all-around mountaineering axes out there, it just narrowly missed our Editors' Choice Award.This burly ice axe is everything you could want for challenging glacier routes and steep snow climbs.Incredibly versatile, there are very few mountaineering objectives that this model doesn't perform well on.
Rating Categories Black Diamond Venom Petzl Summit Evo Grivel Air Tech Evolution Black Diamond Swift Petzl Summit
Self Arresting (15%)
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9
Digging & Step Chopping (15%)
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Use As Improvised Anchor (15%)
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Specs Black Diamond Venom Petzl Summit Evo Grivel Air Tech... Black Diamond Swift Petzl Summit
Measured Weight 18 oz / 514g 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 Modular head, both classic and reverse curve picks available 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 50, 57, 64 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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