Climb with confidence while you cut out weight with the Air Tech Racing Ice Axe from Grivel. Big on strength thanks to a hot-forged Chromolly head and light on weight with an aluminum alloy shaft, it'll help you maximize on comfort by making each swing count.
|Shaft Rating:||B Rated|
Purchased this last winter for winter trail running and winter ascents. This is the lightest tool I tried out from our friends at bentgate mountaineering in Golden. The weight alone was killer but the addition of the forged steel pick is a huge bonus because it is so much stronger than some other materials out there. The steel is forged in a vertical shape instead of a horizontal which focalizes the torque along the entire pick instead of just the tip like many others. Need less to say I am 100% confident this is not going to fail me when I need it the most. In the end this is one of the best items I have used this year and am pretty stoked about using it again this winter! Just snowed tonight up on Mt. Evans, pumped for the season.
the only thing i would change about this axe would be to place a steel tip at the end of the shaft (bottom). My tip has dulled significantly due to aluminum construction. The pick has rust in spots-but its been great. After several years of use, ive never filed the pick and it has proven very durable (forged picks are much stronger) The pick has proven to be very durable compared to former BD mountaineering axes ive had. But its double the price of some axes, so it should be more durable.
I once did a hike without an axe, thinking the weather was too nice, and te trail not too steep. Well the nice weather meant molten snow that re-froze into hard ice!Hairy!
I decided to buy this axe so I will never have an excuse to leave it behind. Worked! Works great.
Function aside, I love the classic lines of Grivel, unlike the funky shapes on other axes.
Been with me on 6 summits plus doing some technical Ice climbing when I lost my technical tool. Its very durable and absolutely amazing given it's weight. Head rusts a bit but other than that I am very pleased.
This is a decent all purpose axe, which is high praise considering its ridiculous lightness. Sometimes ultralight gear isn't worth the price, this is!