Best Ice Axes

The Petzl Summit Evo is one of the most popular models among climbers and mountaineers worldwide. Its popularity stems from its simplicity, durability, and ease of use. The Summit Evo was designed with two main goals: to provide a lightweight yet durable tool that could withstand the rigors of extreme conditions; and to offer a simple design that would allow it to fit into any climber’s pack without taking up too much space.

Features & Specifications:

• Lightweight aluminum alloy frame with carbon fiber reinforcement for strength and light weight.

• High-strength Nylon webbing reinforced with Kevlar® fibers for durability and shock absorption.

• Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) handle provides superior grip and protection against abrasion.

• A double locking mechanism ensures safety when lowering the blade or removing the axe head.

• A removable aluminum/carbon fiber head allows for different heads to accommodate various uses.

• Two-stage adjustable quick release system allows for easy attachment of other accessories such as lanyards, carabiners, etc.

Petzl created the Summit Evo with three main goals: Simplicity, Strength, and Safety. This tool is specifically designed for mountaineering and is NOT a rock climbing tool. (The man in the photo is NOT a mountain guide).

Who can Benefit from the Summit Evo:

The Summit Evo was designed for alpine climbing and mountaineering. The Evo is a simple, durable, and functional tool that will not weigh down your pack yet can be relied upon in all situations. The Summit Evo is a great choice for mountaineers who want a single, all-purpose axe, or for guides and climbers who need a lightweight back up axe to complement their larger and more complex mountaineering axes.

The Summit Evo is designed for people who prefer tools with fewer moving parts and easy to understand functions.

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The Summit Evo is NOT designed for ice climbing.

The Summit Evo is NOT designed for rock climbing.

The Summit Evo is NOT designed for mountaineering “Novices”. (It was not designed for people who don’t know what they are doing).

Before Using your Summit Evo:

Test the locking and release mechanisms. Make sure they engage and disengage smoothly. Check the grip.

If it feels too abrasive, apply a layer of tape around the contact points. Check the head for cracks or signs of wear. Make sure the screws are tight.

Maintenance and Storage:

After extended use, apply a thin coat of grease to the moving parts (particularly the hinge). Clean the surface with alcohol, let dry, and store in a cool, dry place. Protect the head from scratches and extreme temperatures.

Usage Precautions:


Do not stand or step in the direction of the pick. Be aware of other climbers movement. Watch your footing on loose and uneven terrain.

Keep movements smooth and controlled. Do not strike at rock more than a few times in a row; give the head a rest to prevent overheating and damage to the pick.

Technical Details

Head Material: Aluminum/Carbon Fiber Composite

Handle Material: Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon

Overall Length: 34.3 in. (870 mm)

Weight: 30.9 oz. (860 g)

This product can only be shipped within the United States.

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Seismic anisotropy in the West Antarctic ice sheet by CR Bentley, AP Crary – 1971 –

Ice Axes for Frozen Seas: A Biblical Theology of Provocation. By Walter Brueggemann by KJ Dell – 2018 –

Analysis of Electron Microscope Images and Electron Diffraction Patterns of Thin Crystals of 029 Connectors in Ice by JM Valpuesta, JL Carrascosa… – Journal of molecular …, 1994 –

Cryopreservation of Quercus faginea embryonic axes by ME Gonzalez-Benito, C Perez-Ruiz – Cryobiology, 1992 – Elsevier

Brief communication: Sampling c-axes distributions from the eigenvalues of ice fabric orientation tensors by M Rongen – The Cryosphere Discussions, 2019 –

The best bits in an iris code by KP Hollingsworth, KW Bowyer… – IEEE Transactions on …, 2008 –

The progressive development of inhomogeneous shear and crystallographic fabric in glacial ice by PJ Hudleston – Journal of Structural Geology, 1980 – Elsevier

Sedimentology and event timing of a catastrophic volcaniclastic mass flow, Volcan Hudson, Southern Chile by JL Best – Bulletin of Volcanology, 1992 – Springer