So impressively light, I like the shaft bend too. Grippy paper down low, but doubtful you'd ever be swinging it from there. Bolted on steel points keep it more versatile; although this is not a real mountaineering tool, but perfect for what it's meant, a spring ski touring axe. I compared it to my 16 year old BD Mountaineering axe, and had to run and get my roomates to check out the unbelievable difference. Again, if your looking for a do it all mountain axe, get something else. For skiing and boot pack approaches in pre-cron spring mornings this is your guy.
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