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The Petzl Sum'Tec Ice Axe is a lightweight ice axe that combines a curved shaft with an adjustable hand rest and an interchangeable pick to be considered a kick ass technical and classic mountaineering ice axe. This Petzl ice axe features the TRIGREST hand rest that significantly improves grip efficiency, weighs a mere 485 grams (52 cm size) for mountaineers looking to reduce weight, and a curved upper section to provide good clearance during ice climbs and helps avoid impacts to the hands. Geez Petzl, we already liked you.
DECENT FEATURES of the Petzl SumTec Ice Axe
Lightweight technical ice axe efficient in climbing or piolet canne mode
New version of the TRIGREST allows multiple hand grip possibilities, thanks to the simple, tool-free manual adjustment system
The thin ALPIX pick (3.5 mm) is designed for efficient penetration into ice. It is quickly and securely replaced with a unique screw lock system
Stainless steel spike ensures excellent grip on rock
Lightly curved handle protects the hand when climbing
Available in adze or hammer versions
SUM'TEC adze version for efficient cleaning of snow and ice. Available in 52 and 59 cm shaft lengths
SUM'TEC hammer version for easy piton placement. Hammer is now lighter and features keys for tightening bolts of 8 to 10 mm. Available only in 52 cm
Wide oval holes in the head and in the spike accommodate a carabiner
All climbing equipment is final sale. Sorry to be so mean about it.
Rated 5 out of
Can be used as an ice tool sometimeThis is the best ice axe so far I have tried for mountaineering. Its length is ideal for hiking on small and medium grade snow field. On steep slopes, this baby's curved shaft and technical pick turn it into an ice tool. The most recent version has better rust-resistant finish on the head. Petzl did an excellent job!
Date published: 2011-12-08
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