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Petzl Summit

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Petzl Summit
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$170.00
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Modern ice axe for classical mountaineering

The SUMMIT is designed for the modern practice of classic mountaineering. A result of the expertise acquired over many years, this product applies a new technical approach to this category of ice axes. The curved shaft provides the necessary clearance on steep or icy terrain. The light, forged steel head attached to the shaft ensures maximum efficiency.
Hot forged chromoly steel head is curved to offer a comfortable, powerful grip The shaft is made of ultra-light aluminum with a textured rubber coating for a solid grip and great thermal insulation Curved upper shaft allows good clearance during climbing, while the straighter lower part guarantees efficient penetration in snow The pick is thin (3.5 mm) at the tip to ensure solid purchase in ice, and wide in the middle (8 mm) for soft snow Teeth are positioned and tapered to optimize holding power while descending (piolet rampe usage) Tilted adze directs the axe correctly into the snow (piolet-canne usage) Head and spike are equipped with wide, oval holes for easily clipping a carabiner Stainless steel spike ensures excellent grip on rock Ergonomically shaped spike is adapted to the shape of the palm and designed to avoid damaging the bottom of the grip Available in three lengths
CE EN 13089 /UIAA Type B axe Three sizes: - 52 cm: reference: U13 52, weight: 495g - 59 cm: reference: U13 59, weight: 535g - 66 cm: reference: U13 66, weight: 570g 3-year guarantee
Likes The hot-forged pick is strong and the head doesn’t get banged up, even after seasons of picket pounding and abuse. A dramatic difference in the width of the pick is a plus. It is narrower in the front for better ice penetration and wider further back for steep snow climbing. It performed about the same as theGrivel Evolution and better for ice than all other non-modular axes. It is one of the smoother self-arresting axes in the review; just a notch below the Ravens but better than the Ushba Alti. Like the other ice axes with a slight curve, it gives added "power" while self-arresting. The teeth on top of the pick are nice although most people won't use that feature for piolet rampe. The Summit tied the Petzl Sum'Tec for best adze and cut icey T-slots like a champ.

The shaft has a textured rubber coating that at first glance may seem like an unnecessary and heavy feature. However, the rubber coating adds almost no weight and provides a more solid grip when in piolet manche (mid dagger). The coating also provides slight thermal insulation. The head is equipped with nice holes, facilitating the building of a dead man better than a SMC Capra but not quite as well as a Black Diamond Raven or Raven Pro. The shaft has a curve that helps with clearance during snow and ice climbing. It is in the middle of the pack for carrying comfort – better than a CAMP Neve or Grivel Evo and not quite as nice as a Black Diamond Raven or a [[REI Yeti.

Dislikes The rubber coating and curved shaft make plunging the shaft slightly more difficult. The adze works wonderfully while chopping steps and other icy digging situations, but in slightly less firm snow conditions it has a tendency to cut through the snow rather than move it. It is also one of the heavier ice axes in the review, an ounce heavier than a Black Diamond Raven and SMC Capra and about same as a CAMP Neve.

Best Application This ice axe can handle almost everything you throw at it. From general mountaineering to steeper snow and ice climbing. Its only drawback is its slightly heavier weight. So if you are counting ounces this axe is not ideal. It is excels on more technical routes and is an awesome general mountain axe with incredible durability.

Value This is the most expensive axe in the review but you get what you pay for. It has an extremely well designed hot-forged pick, has the best performing adze in the review with a rubber-coated curved shaft and is one of the smoother self-arresting axes.



— Ian Nicholson, SuperTopo Review Staff