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How would you compare the new Petzl Sum'tec...

How would you compare the new Petzl Sum'tec to the Venom? The Sum'tec has a spike and a movable hand rest and was wondering if this might make it an improved option over the Venom. Any thoughts?

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I've been wondering the same thing, so I'll throw in my two cents. Haven't used either, so take this with a grain of salt.

At 50 cm the Venom is 4 ounces lighter than the 52 cm Sum'tec. It's a 19% weight difference which I think is reasonable to distribute across all the other lengths, though I can't find data on the weight of longer Venoms. If you adjust for the 4% difference in lengths, it ends up being a 16% difference. That seems fairly significant, especially when we're talking about a quarter-pound and above.

Also, this seems like the sort of axe you would always use with a leash. So while a hand rest is nice for comfort and finger protection, it is hardly necessary.

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The removable finger rest seems like another thing to lose\worry about while on the hill. I was torn between the 2 as well. I went with the venom and am not complaining. I like that I can use it quickly without having to adjust the finger rest when conditions change I have to use it to plunge vs swinging. Both are great tools, Jacon is right, one does weigh more. Good Luck!