The Petzl Summit is winner of our OutdoorGearLab Editors' Choice for the best all around ice axe because it scores at, or near the top of every comparison category. The Summit is also lighter than most of the general mountaineering ice axes in our review and features a well designed, high quality hot forged pick. Our testers thought that the Summit's pick is aggressive enough that we would considering pairing it with an ice tool for moderately steep snow and ice routes. We felt that while there might be many options for each specific application, the Summit offers the best blend of utility to make it extremely versatile and it performs well at all the applications we could think of.
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