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Fast and light matters.
Fast, light, and strong are all helpful attributes for gear you plan on taking with you into the mountains, and it just so happens that the Camp USA X-Light Axe is all three. With its hot-forged aluminum alloy head, you can rest assured that your pick will be held securely. The shaft is made of a durable aluminum alloy that is used for both its weight-shedding characteristics as well as the lightweight nature. Above the grip, you'll find a piece that allows you to stack hands when necessary, or just make it easier to adjust your grip overall. The adze and hammer are both made of durable stainless steel and will hold up to season after season of abuse.
- Hot-forged aluminum alloy head
- Aluminum alloy shaft
- Stainless steel adze and/or hammer
- Hand-stacker on shaft
- Item #CSN000A
- Q & A
Mountaineer's Best Friend
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I gave this to my brother as a gift, but it is perfect for ski mountaineering. The size is perfect to use on steeper sections and rime while still being convenient to strap to your pack on the way down. The hammer is perfect for bashing in anchors when necessary and the light weight of the overall product makes it ideal for long days.
Definitely meant for use as a light weight tool for days with mixed snow and ice. Although, as Dan mentioned, it could be used for vertical ice in a pinch, I wouldn't recommend it.
Splitboard Mountaineering Approved
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I used this axe all last winter and it rules. It weighs nothing and the 50cm size is great for splitboard mountaineering where you are only using the axe on the steepest ascents and small ice bulges. The shorter length also makes it really nice to ride with. I got it with the adze so I can still do a traditional self arrest which is crucial when riding above rappels and exposure. The Adze can be switched to a hammer (sold separately) or run without.
I only swung the axe a few times on steep frozen snow and a little water ice but it handled it all just fine. I hope to get it out on some more ice this year if some lines I have my eye on come in. This is intended for use as a light at fast hybrid mountaineering axe/tool. It can be used for vertical ice as it does have good geometery for swinging and the pick is great, however it just doesn't have the swing weight a dedicated ice tool will have. However if you are ski mountaineering or doing technical mixed ascents with a lot of steep snow and some ice, I cannot think of a better axe on the market and I have tried many of them. If you have any questions on CAMP USA products, this axe, or mountaineering in general please give me a call.
X-Light on Pack
Axe fits perfectly and weighs nothing on the pack
What size should I get?
So for a versatile size, measure the distance between the tip of your middle finger while at your side and the malleolus of your ankle. This will provide the most versatile size for you.
If you intend to be on steeper terrain mostly, then you can use a shorter axe, if you are going to be on more moderate flatter terrain then a longer axe will suit you better.
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