Petzl Summit Evo
The Petzl Summit Evo is a precise, steadfast and durable ice axe for all of your ice climbing adventures. A lightweight axe for swift movement, the Petzl Summit Evo has an ergonomically designed shaft for comfortable handling, with a curved top that provides excellent clearance on steeper ice routes, while the lower part is straight for working through deep snow. An axe that can be relied upon, the Summit Evo has a hot-forged steel head and pick for solid anchoring, and an aluminium shaft that has been anodized to increase it's durability. For whether you are climbing in haste, or climbing up steep, this is a superb axe choice for performance and efficiency.
Petzl Summit Evo Key Features
Lightweight ice axe, but with enough weight in the head for good anchoring power
Hydroformed handle for good grip at the curve, and a technical design:
- the upper part of the shaft is curved to offer good clearance when climbing
- the lower part is straighter and guarantees efficient penetration in snow
Head and pick in hot-forged steel, ensuring solid anchoring:
- thin (3 mm) pick, durable and toothed at the tip, ensuring good anchoring quality in hard snow and ice
- pick is thicker in the middle to favor anchoring in soft snow
- teeth on upper part of pick strengthen the hold on the ice axe in piolet-rampe mode
- durable spike in stainless steel for very good penetration in hard snow and in piolet-canne mode
High strength and practical aspects:
- very durable steel adze offers a comfortable support surface, and the design of the edges allows stairs to be carved efficiently
- tilted adze directs the axe correctly into the snow (piolet-canne usage)
- head and spike equipped with holes for clipping a carabiner or attaching a sling
- high-quality aluminum shaft (7075 aluminum, used in aeronautics), with anodized finish for excellent protection
Ice axe compatible with LINKIN leash
2 product reviews
This tool has as much pros as cons. It's lightweight, feels fine in hand, doesn't tear your gloves and provides very good support. In terms of cons, I can give several examples from real world experience and using the tool for nearly 3 winters now. Snow and ice tend to build up on both handle and the shaft and it's hard to remove it once it gets sticked to the metal. Also, if you slip you can't really get a grip and you may very well get separated from the tool in an instant. I had a few similar situations and I ended up rolling down the hill and the Evo hooked to a rock a few meters above me. The pick is also very soft. I like the orange color though. In my opinion there are much better choices for the same price of even less.
Just a perfect axe, worth the extra cost!