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Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe

$139.95

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Summit Evo Ice Axe

The Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe is an all-round, 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.

  • All-round ice axe is well-balanced for multi-disciplined days
  • Anodized aluminum shaft is light and reliable
  • Steel head, spike, and adze ensure long-lasting durability
  • Clipping-hole in head and spike
  • Compatible with LINKIN leash (sold separately)
  • Item #PTZ002L

Material
[shaft] 7075 aluminum, [adze] steel, [head and pick] steel
Length
52 cm, 59 cm, 66 cm
Rating
B-rated
Leash Included
no
Claimed Weight
[52 cm] 14.1oz, [59 cm] 14.8oz, [66 cm] 15.9oz
Recommended Use
alpine & expedition, ski mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

Great Axe for General Mountaineering

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought
66cm
Height
5` 8"
Weight
150 lbs

I've only brought this axe out on 2 climbs in RMNP so far, but I really like it. I got rid of my Raven a couple years ago, and have been using a Sum'Tec on most of my climbs. But I've been missing something longer for lower angle stuff. The Sum'Tec is awesome, but it's short enough that it's only handy in really steep terrain. The Summit Evo is perfect on low angle approaches, and less technical climbs. I've used it on Ptarmigan Fingers and Dragon's Tail, and it's great. Plunges great, chops steps easily, the pick bites well into snow. I wouldn't take it on anything steep, like Dreamweaver, but that's not what it's meant for. The angled shaft makes it really comfortable walking in cane position. One of the best things (to me) is that it also accepts the Trig-Rest. It took some finagling to fit it right, but I drop it down low on the shaft when I'm chopping steps. Between the trig-rest and the grip on the shaft, I don't use a wrist-leash. Great axe!

>Rating: 5

Great Axe

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

Relatively light and easy to handle. I used it for a moderately technical day summit. I'm 5'11" and used the 66cm length. I like having a grip on the handle in case I slip with gloves on and need some extra grip to self arrest in a pinch--though never had to test that in reality.

>Rating: 5

Really handy and usefull

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

Brought this along for some ice climbing, and although I didn't use it for the technical stuff (it was pretty vertical) it was a huge help actually getting up to the base of the route. Lightweight and a good size.

>Rating: 5

Lightweight and Versatile

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

I've used this on several approaches and have been very happy with the light weight and versatility if offers. Has worked well for me on both rock and hardpack.

>Rating: 4

Multi-Use

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

Coworker and I used separate Summit Evo's to hike up Mount Timpanogos after some snow a couple days prior. It's early enough in the season that the climbing was very non-technical. For Utah non-locals like us having the added security to plunge it in the snow and maybe add a couple foot holds in there. Overall very glad to have used it, very low weight and practical tool for non-technical climbs. Edit: Second time using this one in the 59cm length for an iced up scramble and it gave me peace of mind in a couple sections. I'm 6ft even and found this length to be very user-friendly.

>Rating: 5

SUMMIT & SUMMIT EVO selling features

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

SUMMIT & SUMMIT EVO selling features video.

>Rating: 5

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.

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>Rating: 5

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

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

1/18/2018
>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

Mountaineer's Dream

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

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. ** i have also been ice climbing with this ax and although it isn't a tech tool it performed perfectly

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PETZL - Commitment to Quality

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