Grivel G1 Axe

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The Grivel G1 Ice Axe features a traditional design to give you everything you need in a mountaineering axe without compromising strength or performance. In addition to being tough as nails, this Grivel axe also has an ergonomically designed head to make your hand comfortable when you're traversing miles of glacial terrain.


  • Ergonomic fit means it has a natural feel in your hands as you traverse glaciers or snowfields
  • Ergonomic head fits comfortably in your hand while ascending snowfields and glaciers


  • Strong aluminum alloy shaft keeps the weight of the Grivel G1 ice axe down to 468g
  • Aluminum shaft doesn't bog you down with extra weight

Weather and Wind:

  • Carbon steel spike plunges easily into hard-packed snow and ice


  • Hot-forged, carbon steel head provides durability and strength for lasting bite and chopping power

Gear up for classic glacier climbs with the strong and trusty Grivel G1 ice axe.


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Have hours and hours of comfortable climbing using the G1 Ice Axe from Grivel - the classical neutral pick with ergonomic designs is natural in your hand.
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Country of Origin:Italy
Head Material:Steel
Head Style:Adze
Interchangeable Heads:no
Leash Included:no
Material:Carbon steel pick and spike/ERGAL aluminum alloy shaft
Pick shape:Classic curve
Shaft Material:Aluminum
Shaft Rating:B Rated
Shaft shape:Straight
Weight:(66cm) 468 grams
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Grivel G1 Axe Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Good Axe

I bought this axe after using the black diamond raven. I do not really prefer one over the other, but if I had to, I would chose this one. It feels lighter and the pick has grooves in it for your fingers to rest in, maaking it a little easier to use with golves on. But since it feels lighter, it makes me feel a little less safe. It has never bent or anything, but it is kinda just that since it feels so light, it feels a little weaker. I am sure it is just as safe as the raven. The main reason I chose this one is because of the color. All my buddies went with the raven because it is a more well known brand in the climbing world, so I chose this, so it would stand out.
the outdoor enthusiast at REI on 10/10/2011

Great axe. Prefer it to the Raven.

I prefer this axe to the Raven for a few reasons: 1) I think this axe feels more solid in my hand. I don't think it's going to break at any time and I have no problem trusting it as an anchor during a crevasse rescue, self arrest etc. 2) I love the color. So much better than the dark grey that the Raven comes in 3) The price is right. Grivel has never marked up ridiculously on any of their products and I will support them for that. Had great experience with their G22s as well 4) Made in Italy and not in China like BD stuff. Need I say more?
Wveniez at REI on 04/04/2013

I agree with Dane Burns, and would add that Grivel gives you superior materials (High-carbon hot-forged steel not cast stainless) and construction (note the head and shaft tip are not just glued but riveted as well) at the same or even lower price than similar BD. Compare for yourself. IMO, people buy axes way too long and are usually advised to do so, I think they should be climbing length (short) if used for climbing. I use poles when not on steep terrain. Renting an axe is a good way to see what works best for you before you buy.

james tepner at on 11/03/2011

Light and Sharp

This does the job. It was purchased mainly to hike on glacier and fortunately it was never used to self arrest myself or a friend falling. I did a couple of voluntary slides to practice self arrest and it was conclusive.

The only issue is that REI doesn't sell the ice axe leash or the ice axe guard. The only leash and guard available are for the black diamond model and it fits but I decided to buy the OEM part elsewhere. No big deal but this is the reason to keep it at 4 stars.
Magoo0903 at REI on 08/08/2013

Being a BD fan for years, when given the Grivel G1 ice axe for a Mt. Rainier summit attempt I took advantage of this and gave it a good work out throughout the PNW for a couple of years.
Light weight and simple. Construction is great without the use of rivets like the lower priced knock offs.
I did find that holding the G1 isn't as comfortable as the BD Raven, but it was light and easy to use.

Scott Scooter Sowle at on 11/22/2013

Grivel Ice Axe

I used the grivel to teach my niece and nephew to self arrest, it was great and the bright yellow made it easy to find in the snow. It was also used going up Baldy's bowl this winter. I felt safer having in my possession. The only drawback I found slightly irritating is that there are limited holes in the axe head to tie a safety rope. But I found a way (:
Crazy Climber at REI on 02/02/2013

Great Ice Axe

This ice axe is excellent. It is ideal for crossing or ascending snow fields, and is just a great mountaineering axe in general. I also did as much or more carrying of this axe (because of the warm season) as I did using it, but it was not much of a problem at all because the axe is so lightweight.
Jacob of the Mountains at REI on 08/08/2013

A basic axe that will get you up most any mountain in the worls, Rainier, Mt Blanc or Everest...seriously this one axe will do it all on any of the three by the easier routes..

Dane at on 05/08/2011

Made in Italy for the same price

This nice quality made in Italy basic ice ax is the same price as the Black Diamond made in China ice ax. The other Grivel ice axes are also nice.
Al the Coug at REI on 08/08/2013

Great beginner axe, could be lighter

Good all around beginner axe but the only downside is the top slit does not fit a carabiner for belaying easily off of the head.
bja2704 at REI on 10/10/2011

Neutral Reviews:

There's not much to say about this axe beyond the fact that it will get you across the mountains safely if you use it right. Grivel doesn't make junk, and you can take this anywhere.
The trouble is with the uncomfortable head, which makes you less likely to carry it in those times when you aren't quite sure if you need it or not. If you want a better axe, go with the barely more expensive Raven or the even better Raven Pro.

Eric at on 12/26/2012