I have a couple of these and a couple OP pickets. These aren't colored so they might be a little easier to spot in the snow but really, that shouldn't be much of an issue. I believe, these are the lightest picket available. The top cap on the newer model keeps the top from turning into a mushroom of metal after it's been beaten to oblivion which is neat.
The newly designed MSR Snow Picket makes both carrying (racking) and use simple, functional, and pain-free. I have a few in the 60cm length, which I prefer for the lower weight/smaller size, although I plan on purchasing one or two of the 90cm lengths soon. I used these pickets extensively in AK (Denali, Mt Hunter, etc), and they've held up incredibly well. Unlike other heavy and bulky snow pickets, which can seem more like big sticks of metal with a few holes than a functional and versatile alpine mountaineering tool, the design on this thing is sleek and well-thought out. Definitely a step way above all other pickets I've used in the past. Some notable features (among others) include red paint around the middle whole for simple identification and easier overall use, a strong, lightweight aluminum build, and tapered ends for ease of use when driving these into snow. It's not easy making a superior, well-loved snow picket, but MSR has done it with this awesome design!
MSR tends to build great gear, and this snow picket is no exception. This picket seems to work well vertically or horizontally. The red coloring used to mark the middle hole is convenient. I have not had this picket for long enough to know if the addition of the plastic reinforcement at the top will make it last longer.
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