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Petzl Laser Speed Light Ice Screws


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    When you're climbing hard, every ounce matters.

    When you're ice-climbing, the less time you spend fiddling with gear, the more likely you are to make it safely to the top. While that's a bit of a simplification, it mostly holds true and is the inspiration behind the new Laser Speed Light Ice Screws from Petzl. These screws are made starting with an incredibly light anodized aluminum tube, which is tipped by a steel drill to facilitate ease of screwing into the ice. The integrated crank handles are color-coded by the size of the screw, much the same as you see with cams for trad climbing. Petzl used a slightly smaller hanger to make it easier to screw these into sculpted ice, or basically any time you're not screwing into a flat wall of ice.

    • Ultra-light aluminum tube
    • Steel drill
    • Color-coded by length of screw
    • Smaller hanger
    • Item #PTZ0383

    Tech Specs

    [tube] anodized aluminum, [drill] steel, [hanger] aluminum
    Claimed Weight
    [13cm] 91 g, [17cm] 100 g, [21cm] 110 g
    Recommended Use
    ice climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

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    Easiest starting screws out there

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been using the Laser Speed and Laser Speed Light since December of 2015, guiding in a variety of conditions throughout Colorado, Canada, and Alaska. They have been consistently the easiest screws to start and drive in of every screw brand I've used. The longer teeth and angle gives them the quickest bite.

    The new hanger design helps with clearance, meaning not having to chop ice or hammer the hanger around. The long handle of the crank gives good leverage for driving the screw all the way, even if there are some ice features to break through. The hanger has plenty of room for clipping two carabiners, and I prefer this to the separate holes of the BD screws

    As far as whether to use the Speed Light or the Speed, that depends some on conditions. I prefer the Speed Light for steep waterfall ice, where the weight savings are significant on my harness. I haven't had any issues with the Speed Light on any types of waterfall ice.

    Where I have had a problem with the aluminum shaft is in cold dense alpine ice. I recently could not drive a 22cm Speed Light more than halfway for a v-thread on Ham and Eggs on the Mooses Tooth. This was in a block of glacial ice high on the route. A steel Laser Speed drove in just fine. While the weight savings are appreciable on an alpine climb, I often can cut a lot of weight in the rest of my gear when in the alpine, so I'll go with the steel screws on those occasions.

    Race Ya!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I started ice climbing just over a month ago and although I have never used any other screws, I would wager a bet that I could screw one of these bad boys in and clip my rope almost as fast as clipping a bolt and certainly faster than picking and placing a cam or nut. When paired with the Petzl Ange draws or alping style Ange, there is no lighter set up.

    Once the first threads are in the ice, the pull out handle for quick finishing is amazing. Between the efficiency and the light weight, I don't know that I will ever use a different screw.

    Petzl upped the bar AGAIN!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I teach alpine climbing courses and guide through out the world and after using these screws in Peru this past season, I'm 100% convinced that this is the best screw around! The reduced weight is very noticeable, especially if you're carrying bunch of them or climbing at high altitude. The best weight savings definitely comes from the bigger ones- the 17cm & 21cm, I'd recommend those. The new hanger that Petzl is using on this screw and the regular Laser Speed is creating many converts of folks that have been faithful to other brands for years- and for good reason. The new hanger allows you to drive the screw in to the hilt without having to chop away ice to make room for it. That's a huge time savings with every screw placement. I was afraid the aluminum would get nicked up in the mixed terrain and not turn as easily...hasn't been the case yet.

    Photo: teaching an ice anchor clinic in Peru during a SIET expedition (

    Petzl upped the bar AGAIN!