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From icy couloirs to steep, snowy summits.
The options for adventurous objectives open wide when you add Petzl's Sum'Tec Ice Axe to your mountaineering gear. Its tapered, sharp pick penetrates into hard, shallow ice melting down the steep couloirs that safeguard the snowy, isolated aprons that you and a couple other skiers know of. Petzl made the shaft light to the keep the whole axe under a pound, so you'll have no qualms bringing it on alpine climbs that may or may not have steep, snowy sections to the summit. Despite its minimalist appeal, the Sum'Tex still sports beneficial features like the upgraded grip or adjustable TrigRest handrest that provide a good grip. Completely modular, this axe's pick, spike, or adze are interchangeable with other Petzl accessories for even more convenience regardless of the mountaineering mission.
- Modular ice axe for technical mountaineering
- Tapered ice pick easily penetrates into any ice
- Light, curved shaft with adjustable TrigRest handrest for custom grip
- Interchangeable design accommodates adze, hammer, or different picks
- Item #PTZ006U
- Q & A
New 2017 Sum'Tec
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Having used the previous Sum'Tec for alpine / semi-technical climbing for the last 2 years I was very keen to try the 2017 Sum'Tec. I also climb with Quarks so was good to compare this to them too. The 2017 Sum'Tec is a major improvement. Penetration in ice is awesome; which is not surprising given it shares the same picks as the Quark/Nomic etc. Weight is as per the Petzl web site (470g) = 1.04lb. Length is in fact 52-32 cm (not 55 cm), but this is my preferred length anyway having climbed for a decade with 48cm Pulsars in the 90's. Penetration in frozen snow and ice is great and sometimes equal to or even better than my Quarks. The new TrigRest us a lot better then the previous one; its so simple to adjust. It also takes Quark TrigRests!! This is an absolute winner and as expected a real improvement over the last version. Well done Petzl!!