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Petzl Laser Speed Light Ice Screws


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    • One Color, 21cm

    8 Reviews


    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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    Buttery Smooth and Light

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Having used a few different brands and models, these my hands-down favorites:

    - Noticeably lighter in-hand.

    - The handle is smooth to operate and sturdy; no small crevices/niches to get clogged with grit or freeze up.

    - Bite quickly and drive really smoothly.

    Buttery Smooth and Light

    I have to update my comments on this screw after a few days of climbing in low temperatures in Hyalite Canyon.

    I *still* love the screws, but I had multiple cases of the screws binding on me in water ice. This has something to do with the different thermal expansion/contraction characteristics for the steel tip and aluminum barrel, and it's disturbing to say the least.

    I'm probably going to switch to racking all steel screws for water ice and keep using the aluminum screws for alpine ice.

    Fantastic screw

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    So far I've only used the 21's in Ouray for a few days, but I've been very impressed with their construction and performance. They worked nicely for some lead climbing, and made it easy to build v-threads. About the same ease of use as the BD expresses, but at a noticeably lighter weight. If you're trying to save some cash these may not be the screws for you, but if you're trying to go light (especially for skimo or mountaineering applications) these are the screws for you.

    just get them

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    was skeptical about these screws but they are extremely handy for steep, hard ice when getting them to bite while your arms are screaming. the longer length of the handle for leverage is nice too compared to competitors. pricey item but definitely worth it. plus everyone will think you know what you're doing.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    "These ice screws are, in my opinion, the only ones currently worth bringing on an alpine climb. The weight savings compared to steel screws are very significant, especially in the longer lengths. I chose to carry one 17cm screw, and two 21cm screws. The 17cm screw is to clip myself to while making a v-thread (Abalakow anchor), and the 21cm screw is to make the v-thread. The second 21cm screw is simply in case I drop one; My survival was dependent upon making a ton of rappels (about 40-45), the majority of which were on v-threads, so I needed to be able to efficiently make solid v-threads even if I messed up and dropped one ice screw."

    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!