Review by: mrtristan, 2003-04-04
This is a great overall ice axe for snow climbing. It's lighter than most and feels sooo nice when holding the head, thanks to the finger grooves.
There are some not-so-nice aspects of this axe, however. The pick is sort of 3D and thicker than most other axes. As a result, it doesnt go into hard water ice as well. It still goes, but not as easily as an axe with a regular-style pick. But since this is not a technical ice climbing axe, its not too much of a problem. It works great for self arresting and whatever else.
Also, the sides of the pick are sort of set back from the top, and snow has the annoying tendency to build up there.
Overall, however, the awesome grip and light weight win the day. I love this ic axe.