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An ultralight ice axe for spring mountaineering and technical ski tours.

Sometimes an all-aluminum axe just isn't burly enough to get the job done. Camp USA's Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe combines the ultra-low weight of an aluminum ice axe with the excellent hard-ice penetration of a steel axe. The 8.8-ounce Corsa Nanotech uses aluminum construction in the shaft and head but includes a light, strong Nanoflex steel pick and spike for better hard snow and ice penetration.
  • Nanoflex steel tip to add performance to the aluminum pick
  • Ultralight construction makes this axe ideal for ski mountaineering
  • Upper shaft curve adds clearance for climbing steep snow and mellow ice
  • Textured lower shaft for better grip

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Award Winning Ice Axe

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Learn why the Corsa Nanotech won an American Alpine Institute Guides Choice Award.

5 5

Honey is my ice axe on my pack?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Exxxactly. Can't tell. It is so light you hardly know its there. I've used this trophy tool in the Cascades, Adirondacks, and in Antarctica and I love it. Its strong (even in the ultra cold when aluminum can be brittle), super light and it looks pretty awesome too.

Honey is my ice axe on my pack?
4 5

Like a feather!

Got this for my mom as she is doing some high alpine camping with the family, she loves how light it is, "it's like there is nothing there".

5 5

Nanotech Axe

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I traded my BD Venom and BD Raven pro for the CAMP Corsa Nanotech for glacier slogs and ski mountaineering missions. This thing is sweet - almost as light as it gets. The shortest option is definitely the way to go. Excellent tool paired with a whippet for booting steep couloirs. Careful not to bash it too hard against rocks as the tip is a little on the soft side. Not designed for swinging on steep ice or ideal for pounding pickets but for just in case situations it is perfect!

5 5

If its light, you'll bring it.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned a regular Corsa aluminum axe for several years and have used it as a just-in-case item while ski touring. This one bites much better and is still feather-light. I nervously chose the 50cm shortest length. So far I don't regret the short length at all since it lives on my pack more often than in my hand (I have whippets for everything but the occassional shrund or longish patch of really hard rime). Thumbs-up.

Update July 2013: I now own two of these and love them both. I don't expect ice tool performance out of them, but they inspire MUCH more confidence in hard snow and rime than my aluminum Corsa axe with very little weight penalty. Very highly recommended!

5 5

Superior Spike Than the Competition

Obviously any superlight has some drawbacks in any highly technical climbing situations. But among the ultralightweight competition, the steel insert on the spike makes a noticeable difference in many climbing conditions. Probably ditto for the steel insert on the pick too, but harder to test that (outside of controlled experiments with self-arrest practice). I'm somewhat dubious on the shaft curve's advantages (since this isn't intended to be a technical ice tool of course), but doesn't seem to be a drawback either. I removed (quite easily too) the grippy sandpaper-like material at the base of the shaft, since it was rubbing up against some of my packs, and since it could interfere with using the shaft to "pad" the lip of a crevasse (i.e., to prevent the rescue rope from digging in).

4 5

Light and functional!

Super light and more durable then I dared to wish for. You hardly notice it on your pack, so it's great when weight really matters and as a just-in-case ice axe for self arrest situations and extra support. The steel pick is a great idea if you have to cut some ice.

I am looking for a ski-touring ax... I...

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I am looking for a ski-touring ax... I want a bent shaft so my options are the BD venom, the corsa nano, Or a petzl sum'tec. What will preform best in the semi-technical wasatch backcountry?

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These are all very aggressive tools for ski touring...But, I like the BD and Petzl because they have replaceable picks. The petzl has a cool little sliding rest that you can move on the shaft to use it on technical terrain easier, and a slightly less aggressive pick than the BD, that would be my choice.

5 5

Best slog tool I've used

Very durable over three years of heavy use in Alaska. Light and utilitarian, it has never given me a worry. Shaft won't bend with t-trenches or crevasse haul, and ferrule penetrates well for boot/axe. No trouble with rivets that join the steel to alloy. Only fair at AI3 or above, but you'd be using paired tools in that setting anyway. Recommend this axe, it is light light light.

5 5

Niche axe

For what it is it is brilliant. However, super light axes have their limit. If you really need to swing this tool in to get some climbing done, it is just too light weight to make steeper climbing efficient and safe. For snowy ski mountaineering and alpine rock emergencies this is my go to tool. The spike at the bottom tends to plug and ball up with snow. Otherwise awesome tool.

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Agree. Put a huge dent in the shaft trying to pound in a picket on Shuksan in harder snow. Luckily I had a second tool on me to finish the job. I think this is better as a "just in case" tool where maybe you wouldn't normally bring an axe.

hi I am curious about this product cause...

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hi I am curious about this product cause I see that it has a 5 star rating but I was wondering if it would be my best bet or if their is something else out their that is more efficient to use for my snowboarding next year and that is running a decent price range

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The only other thing comparable in terms of weight and functionality is the black diamond raven ultra (which is a couple ounces heavier). This on is certainly more expensive, but you get what you pay for - and in this case, its the steel pick and tip and the light weight.

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Any axe will do; you're really only spending the extra money on this for the weight savings. Any of the BD Ravens, Grivels, or other CAMP axes will all function basically identically. People just really like this axe since it's so light, but you can get away with paying a lot less for basically the same performance in a slightly heavier package.

5 5

Light is Right

Great idea for a lightweight axe. A full aluminum head construction of the Corsa make me a little wary about it's performance and durability, but the added steel pick and spike on the nanotech put my fears of this lightweight axe to rest. It's been very durable and the pick and spike have penetrated ice very well and without hesitation. Most people won't believe how light this guy is until they hold it. Well worth the extra money.
For sizing, I'm 5'8" and use a 50cm (I like my axes a little shorter). A 60cm would also work for my stature if you're looking for more of a glacier travel style axe.

Light, fast, functional

Light, fast, functional

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Cloudripper, Inconsolable Range, Sierra Nevada, Dec 2010.

Ming Poon uses the Corsa Nanotech dropping into Powerhouse Couloir- Tioga Pass

Ming Poon uses the Corsa Nanotech dropping into Powerhouse Couloir- Tioga Pass

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Corsa Nanotech on a ski tour- North Lookout Peak, San Juans

Corsa Nanotech on a ski tour- North Lookout Peak, San Juans

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perfect size, weight and function to bring along when taking on the unknown

5 5

lightweight with great performance

Unbelievably lightweight and reliable axe...used this recently on a ski expedition to Denali and the weight saved was really appreciated, and the axe performed solidly on mixed snow and short ice sections. Also used it skiing 14es this past spring, and it performed well again in the occasional & short (non-vertical) ice bulges. Because it's so minimal in its construction, it's easy to just add it to your gear for trips, and you'll be glad you have it. Great grip, and a s strong pick which makes it very useful for ski mountaineering and other snow climbing objectives.
Per CAMP-USA, the axe incorporates "SANDVIK NANOFLEX®" which is an innovative patented steel alloy that is 60% stronger than normal steel that allows for a significant reduction in the amount of metal used, thereby decreasing weight while maintaining strength.

I am a Japanese.I have lived in Japan.It...

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I am a Japanese.I have lived in Japan.It is dispatch possible?Furthermore, I have the credit card(VISA).

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Ichiro Iwata,"Backcountry.com uses UPS Worldwide Express or Worldwide Expedited for all shipping outside the United States."Backcountry says it is allowed to ship Camp products internationally. So you should be able to place your order and have the Camp ice axe dispatched (mailed) to you.Arigato gozaimasu, Sumo

5 5

Of course you want this axe

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.