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Just what I was looking for

This is the first ice axe I've owned. I opted for the Pro vs. the standard raven to save weight, and not at all disappointed that I spent the extra dough. When you lift and plunge the ice axe hundreds (or thousands) of times on a climb, your shoulder will thank you for a lighter axe. Clearly, this is not the lightest axe, but it seemed like a good compromise and value. Not wishing I had anything different. It's a sturdy piece and the head fits in the hand nicely.

I'm 5'11 and got a 70 cm, which fits me perfectly for general mountaineering.