Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of Petzl Ride Ice Axe on July 29, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it several times
This tool is insanely light.
8.5 ounces = 0.5 lbs. Not even noticeable on your pack.
Until you need it. I even started to carry two of these styles of axes for more aggressive touring lines - they work great for ascending steep snow coulies or even at times - water ice.
This is the tool that will self arrest you in the event of a fall. Some people prefer a whippet - it's sixes in my eyes, and this thing has the versatility.