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You have been looking everywhere for a tool that climbs ice well, has a usable shaft for mountaineering, and is light enough that you won't notice it on your pack during a ski tour. You have been looking for the 500-gram Petzl Aztarex Ice Tool. A removable GripSwitch allows leashless use and can be stored in the shaft for a cleaner profile when plunging. The weight of the Aztarex is concentrated on the head to allow better penetration, and the curved shaft makes hooking easy.

  • Versatile design makes this tool an ideal choice for the varied terrain of alpine climbing
  • Works on both steep ice and neve snow
  • Curved upper shaft clears ice bulges and rock features on technical terrain
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Light and Fast!

    As a die-hard BD fan, I was a hard-sell on these tools. On my last expedition to a technical route in the Karakoram, I brought two sets of tools - my tried and true carbon-fiber tools and a pair of Petzl Aztarex's.

    On the warmup climbing, I brought the Aztarex's just to check them out. I was really attracted to the light weight and technical features (pinkie catch and recurve pick), but a bit concerned with the durability and shaft geometry for technical climbing and shaft plunging in snow.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the tool's over all performance on snow, ice, and mixed terrain. The pinkie catch was never an impediment on snow plunging. The shaft geometry and pick combo climbed vertical ice with elegance and ease. The set of tools also weighed a pound less than my other tools.

    The Petzl Aztarex's are a great choice for technical ice and mixed, especially if one has alpine aspirations. They work well leashed and leashless. Only an antler-style tool will outperform these on "sport-mixed" terrain. They are a bargain.

    Super Tools!

      I tried a lot of ice tools before I decided to purchase these. They are ideal for alpine climbing, since they are light and can be used in the cane position if needed. They swing very nicely and the angle of the pick and shaft are just right for climbing glacier ice even when if goes well beyond vertical. They are also MUCH lighter than comparable tools. I would highly recommend these to anybody climbing alpine ice.

      Has the aztarex been discontinued by petzl?...

      Has the aztarex been discontinued by petzl? (picks for "older" tools like this are becoming harder to find)

      I have been looking at these recently and...

      I have been looking at these recently and pretty much every one gives me sticker shock when I look at it. Can anyone give me an idea of why ice axes and ice tools are so expensive? Is it just that they are making them to high strength specifications?

      How do you store the pinkie-catch in the...

      How do you store the pinkie-catch in the base of the handle? I believe it is held in by a screw. How long does it take to convert and do you need a screwdriver or some other tool?

      Does one normally get both the adze and a...

      Does one normally get both the adze and a hammer, two adzes or what?

      Most people go for the hammer and the adze, hammer for pound-in screws and adze to clear space or the handle on screw-ins. Just know that if you ice climb long enough, you're going to whack yourself in the bridge of the nose with the adze. I know at least 5 people that have done it, most more than once.

      Best Answer

      The adze is useful if you plan on doing 'alpine' style routes, longer less vertical routes where you can take the time to prepare screw placements and even cheat by cutting steps to steady yourself while placing a screw. On vertical ice you really don't have the time (strength) to chop screw placements so many people have shifted to climbing with two hammers, or even 'blanks' which are neither hammer nor adze to save weight. P.S. Don't hammer in screws.