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Snowalker

 

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Snowalker

Manufacturer: Petzl

Your Opinion: 
 - 8 Votes
 

 

Page By: freespirit

Created/Edited: Nov 5, 2004 / Nov 5, 2004

Object ID: 1158

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A comfortable axe designed for easy snow routes and glacier touring.

* Efficient placement: a lightweight pick of 4 mm.
* Strong hold when used for balance: steel spike.
* Comfortable hold: chiselled adze and rounded blade teeth.




Technical specifications :

* Axe type B
* Color: orange
* Lightweight: 415 g for the 60 cm axe
Reference Size Weight
U0160 60 cm 420 g
U0168 68 cm 445 g
U0175 75 cm 460 g



CE - UIAA
Piolet B
 

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EC RyderUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Simple design, lightweight (less than 1lb) and basic touring model. I've used mine for a season and a half with no apparent flaws in workmanship or design. This is the most appropriate tool for a mountaineer in SoCal.
Posted Jan 17, 2005 6:38 pm

awagherUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

Nice and light. The shaft is easily marred though. Works well for its purpose (self arrest).
Posted Mar 29, 2005 7:43 pm

UncleBobUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

A few seasons of use with this tool and I can say that it does what it's advertized to do.



Very light, easy to plunge, comfortable in cane position, durable. Note that this axe was never meant for routes that have steep ice. The head is too light to have any significant authority on alpine ice in low or high dagger positions so a different or second tool would be required for a steeper route with ice. Snow climbs are no issue and it can eat those for lunch.



I use this tool 90% of the time and it has never let me down. A perfect tool for anything casual.
Posted Aug 23, 2005 12:36 am

Dow WilliamsUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

This is my main alpine ax. Great to see it already posted here. Much lighter than my older REI alpine ax. When many routes call for two tools, I still use one tool and this ax and get along just great. Lightweight, versatile, good spike. Like all alpine axes in the rockies, keep it sharpened.
Posted Aug 23, 2005 1:02 pm

GrampahawkLike it

Hasn't voted

I've used it in the Whites for several winters with great luck. I agree with the other comments about the weight. It's nice and light, but you have to use a lot of arm strength if using it to actually chop ice. The head is too light for that.
Posted May 24, 2007 3:52 pm

dobsonianWorks

Voted 4/5

It's a case of you get what you pay for. As mentioned above for ice, it's a pretty weak tool, for self arrest on a mostly snowy surface or for a glissade back down it works fine. I've used it for a couple of seasons mostly on the underhill side of Mt. Mansfield and it's been fine though when I get into icey sections I've had to find alternate routes.
Posted Jul 29, 2007 9:52 am

Rob RicksWorks as advertised

Voted 4/5

I have an earlier 68cm Charlet Moser version. It's advertised for basic snow touring and glacier travel - and excels at both. I would not feel confident beyond its use as a cane and self arrest. The pick and adze sharpen easily. As indicated above, the shaft is easily marred with crampon-banging. Overall, it's a good and inexpensive axe.
Posted Sep 19, 2007 3:36 pm

jckGood

Voted 4/5

I bought this ice ixe last year I'm quite satissfied. A little bit heavier than my previous one (Camp HL 250) but also quite light. Very good for glacier travels (but no so comfortable in cane position as Camp) also suitable for steeper snow slopes (up to 50 degrees).
Overall, good but not perfect.
Posted Oct 19, 2007 9:00 am

asaking11Good Ice Axe

Voted 5/5

This is a good, lightweight and solid tool. I haven't had any problems with mine, it's worked out really good for me.
Posted Jun 17, 2009 5:48 am

thetaGreat Axe

Hasn't voted

Nice and light, but very durable for the weight. The coating on the shaft is easily scratched off, but the head and spike are very tough. Works great on snow, not so well on ice...
Posted Sep 3, 2009 3:00 am

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