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Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe


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    An all-around mountaineering ice axe.

    The Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe is an all-around, well-balanced tool for multi-discipline days spent in the mountains. The anodized aluminum shaft features a slight curve near the top, with a straight bottom that makes the tool ideal for plunging into the snow, but the upper curve offers enough clearance to be used on more technical sections. The steel adze and hot-forged steel head and pick are plenty durable, with the pick featuring teeth on the upper part to allow for solid anchoring. The bottom spike is made of stainless steel, enabling it to be plunged into harder, icier snow. Both the top and bottom feature holes for clipping carabiners, letting you create anchors quickly and easily.

    • Anodized aluminum shaft
    • Hot-forged steel head and pick
    • Stainless steel bottom spike
    • Steel adze
    • Clipping-hole in head and spike
    • Compatible with LINKIN leash (sold separately)
    • Item #PTZ002L

    Tech Specs

    [shaft] 7075 aluminum, [adze] steel, [head and pick] steel
    52 cm, 59 cm, 66 cm
    Leash Included
    Claimed Weight
    [52 cm] 14.1 oz, [59 cm] 14.8 oz, [66 cm] 15.9 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, ski mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

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    great for steep terrain and moderate ice

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I go the 52cm version, and have used it on simple snow fields up to 50-70 degree snow and ice, and the axe performed nicely. Its a good weight (quite light!). The moderately aggressive design is ideal for pairing with a technical ice tool on steep snow and short stretches of near vertical ice (this works particularly well on routes where there is a lot of easier snow to get through where you can stash the tool and just go with the axe). I've (thankfully) not yet had to use it to arrest on steep/hard snow, so I can't say how the arresting performance is.

    great for steep terrain and moderate ice

    Why this one?

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    After searching for the perfect ski\splitboard mountaineering axe I believe I may have found it.
    Its light, but not too light that its useless when you do have swing it into ice or chop a step. The head is very ergonomic and smooth with all manner of gloves from cycling to expedition mitts. Its just "tech" enough without being useless as a piolet.
    Lastly the grip helps hold on without a leash than non rubberized shafts while not compromising the "plunge"
    The bad: Only trepidations without merit so far but I fear that when being used as a T- anchor that a sling could slip down along the shaft due to the shape and the bend.
    The rubber on the handle can only last so long, I wonder how many hours of baking in the sun and being stabbed into ice it will take before it wears off.

    Overall I think this is the best standard(ish) axe I've used, other excel for certain things but generally.... Anyone looking for a ax to back iup a tech tool or to balance a ultralight ax this could be your guy. For the general Mountaineer it might be a little overkill (given the price tag also). But for the ski mountaineer, or the budding climber that will eventually get into more technical routes this is a great start

    Great For Low Angle Terrain

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    As other reviewers have mentioned, this axe is great for low angle terrain. With an aluminum lightweight shaft and steel head and pick, you can be sure that you won't break the pick during a mixed climb and still aren't going to have to lug around too much weight.

    I wouldn't want to use this as my only axe on steeper terrain than say roughly 40-45 degrees , but of course that isn't what it is designed for. Great for self arrest and belaying, it is definitely a worthy consideration for when you are out on the mountain.

    Good for Steep Mountaineering

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    1/18/2018 Update: I changed my rating to five stars, after confirming that the new Petzl Trigrest does fit the shaft between the bottom ferrule and the top of the rubberized grip.

    Bring a Trigrest and an appropriately sized allen key, and this axe will also be great for sustained 90 degree steps.


    I recently purchased the 52cm version and have used it a few times. I am 5'10". I bought this with the intention of using it with a second "50cm" ice tool on steeper terrain.

    My first impressions are that this axe appears to do everything (self arrest, self belay, plunging, daggering, chopping, building T-slot anchors, piolet traction on less than vertical terrain) well and is comfortable to hold in all normally used positions. The pick, adze, shaft, and spike all are well-designed and work well. However, it should be noted that the shaft and pick are not "T-rated", so it would be prudent to avoid really aggressive torquing.

    The spike sacrifices a little bit of functionality in firm snow conditions for weight reduction, relative to other fully tapered steel spike designs on the market. However, most people will not notice or care about this particular compromise.

    I was told by a Petzl rep that the Summit Evo is "not compatible: removable trig rest made by Petzl. In my opinion, adding a removable sliding hand-rest (see Sum'tec and recently revised Venom for examples) would have made this axe more functional for leashless, sustained vertical climbing. If this feature is added (at least for the lower part of the shaft), I would revise my rating to 5 stars. That being said, you can add a leash for wrist support while climbing vertical terrain.

    In summary, this axe excels on terrain from about 40 degrees to about 70 degrees. It is adequate for short steps of more vertical climbing, when paired with another tool. It is outclassed by axes with removable/ sliding hand rests for sustained vertical and overhanging terrain. It is adequate as a standalone axe for terrain less than 40 degrees, but there are cheaper alternatives that are just as good or better for lower angle terrain.

    Good for Steep Mountaineering

    Great all around axe.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been using the Summit Evo this summer and it has been a great all purpose axe. I use the 52cm length, which fits inside a pack well, so that it isn't getting caught up on rock pitches, or stabbing anyone on the lifts in the Alps.

    The head is comfortable either pick forward or back, and the rubber grip on the shaft gives plenty of good hold making steeper moves. I've used the axe on pitches up to 60 degrees on hard glacier ice, and the pick gets good solid sticks. The teeth on top of the pick seem to help with this. The axe is light enough but with good weight on the head for swinging. The curve of the shaft is plenty to help avoid banging knuckles, and the adze is positioned well for step chopping and digging a t slot. The hole in the head is plenty big to clip a locking carabiner into for redirecting the rope through while belaying.

    This had been a great axe and I don't have any complaints about it.

    Mountaineer's Dream

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This Axe worked worked flawlessly. I just took it on a mixed climbing trip over 12,600 ft. It worked just as well on ice and snow pack as it does on rock. Using it in "canne" mode works well in snow pack, but left some to be desired on hard ice. The pick bites in very well and removes very easily. I recommend this for mountaineering and mixed snow/rock climbing.

    Mountaineer's Dream