Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Glencoe
Manufacturer Mountain Technology
Page By Peak Freak
Page Type Sep 20, 2002 / Sep 20, 2002
Object ID 478
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Gear Notes

• Weight 590 grams , 65 cm

A superbly crafted axe, great for all mountain terrain, with a strong, forged-steel head.

The Glencoe is appropriate for all types of mountaineering, even the steeps. The only missing feature for overhead swinging is a rubber grip on the lower shaft. This, however, cuts down on weight and makes for easier plunging. To allow for some grip, subtle indentations have been introduced along the shaft’s lower section. The tip of the head is relatively aggressive, for good penetration of harder snow and ice.

Flush steel spike.

Forged-steel head.

Lightening holes keep the axe’s weight low and provide leash attachment points.

Aluminum shaft.

Leash not included.

Available in 65, 70, 75, 80, and 85cm lengths.

CE certified to technical axe standard.



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Peak Freak - Sep 21, 2002 10:01 am - Voted 5/5

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I made my purchasing decision not only based on comparing features in the description above (durability, weight, versatility, price) with other axes, but because the shape of the Glencoe made it the most comfortable axe to hold on to for hours trudging up a mountain. Compared to other axes, such as the Simond Aneto, which is 40 g lighter and much less expensive ($46 US), the Glencoe felt substantially better. Others like the Grivel Air Tech Racing were lighter (445 g), but not as durable, and more expensive. ($98 vs $75US). The Charlet Moser Snowwalker was the best value for a really light axe ($53 US 445 g), but I didn't like it quite as much, and wanted the extra durability and versatility of the Glencoe.

The first trip I took it on, it felt great, and one of my buddies (who is way more of a gearhead than I am) had the same axe, thus reinforcing my choice.

Glencoe - Sep 29, 2002 6:29 pm - Voted 5/5

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Appart from being named after me ;-) this is the best all round piolet I have found. I got one a year ago to replace a deceased Charlet Moser Guide axe. Like all mountain gear it's design is a matter compromises - but to my mind the designers have made great decisions.

The weight of the axe is in the light to middle end of the market range, but noticeably lighter than my old Guide. It is steel at both ends for great durability. There are lighter axes but none that I've used that are as tough. The weight is such that it can still be swung with some heft, unlike some of the lightweight models which feel like you're swinging a wet fish.

The aluminum shaft is light but bomber. It has bevelled edges for grip without the bulk of rubber. No rubber grip makes it easier for plunging too.

The adze is a manageable sized when holding the head but has enough face for speedy digging out.

The blade is at a perfect pitch, not so curved that it will pop out of your hands if arresting (the way the DMM Raptor might), but with some claw for steeper terrain (unlike almost all of your lightweight models). I sharpened the tip and the teeth with a file, so it works pretty well when swung from the handle in moderately steep ice.

The price makes this a no-brainer. I got mine at Mountain Equipment Co-op and I've no regrets.

Made in Scotland, this is an inexpensive, tought, light, excellent all around mountain tool. Highly recommended.

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