The Petzl Snowracer is an excellent ultralight ice axe that excels in ski mountaineering and basic snow climbing terrain. Though it is the least expensive ultralight ice axe we tested, it proved itself as good as most other axes in many situations. It has a great pick and can tackle short, steep terrain better than many other ultralight models. It lacks a real spike, nor does it have any steel like some other semi-spikeless models. It merely has a slice of aluminum and tends to "kick out" while traversing steep, icy slopes.
Hikers and early season backpackers can go a little lighter if they are willing to spend a little more. This product is ideal for a ski mountaineer looking for a durable axe with better steep snow performance and who doesn't mind a less comfy grip. The Black Diamond Raven Ultra is more comfortable, easier to use as a snow anchor, comes in more sizes and features a steel inset in the spike. But it also cost $30 more than the Snowracer.
View our complete ice axe review to see how this product compared to all of the others tested.