Is it comfortable to hold when used as...
Is it comfortable to hold when used as piolet cane? Is it easy to plunge into snow? I know my Aztarex's aren't.
This is more of a technical ice tool. A straight-shaft, mountaineering axe works better for piolet cannes. You get a better grip on the head and the shaft pierces snow and ice more easily.
I think it does alright. You can take off the pommel on the bottom, and then it works just as well as my Black Diamond Raven Pro.