|Shaft Rating:||B Rated|
I bought this axe for a mountaineering course in the north cascades. For an entry level axe I cant complain. Its not the lightest, but its comfortable to hold. The axe is meant to be held in self-belay grip (pick forward) the adze is large and good to grip, but it lacks and adze hole. The curve of the shaft is good for holding the axe in traction, and the included leash just makes the deal even better. The pic is using the axe for building a snow anchor
This was my first ice axe and it treated me well. A little heavier than other things out there, but I found that I liked the curve of the shaft more than it's straight shafted counterparts. The curve made it easier to press your chest against the shaft and leverage more weight onto the pick when in a self arrest position. Added leash is a nice bonus.
I'm 5'9" and used a 66cm axe for general mountaineering for sizing purposes.
My son likes the shape and length. It would be nice if the "shovel" end was a little wider and deeper. Reasonable weight for the size.
One thing we've learned about axes... Get the longest available unless you are doing verticle climbing. My son's Nepal is 74cm, mine is a Stubai Tour Lite 85cm. The first axes we had were 55cm and 60cm, and were basically just dead wieght in the hand unless we were on very steep terrain. The longer ones can be used as a walking stick and will give you extra reach when you are on the snow and rocks. I use my 85cm alot, my 60cm spent most of its life strapped to my backpack. IMO
My son is 5' 8"
I'm 5' 10"