Sometimes you need a little more than a basic mountaineering axe. The Cassin X-Light is a transformer axe that lets you customize your tool for the route. If you’re not sure of the anchor situation and might need to pound a piton, the hammer head is perfect. If you might encounter some blue ice, swapping the handle for an X-Dry grip turns it into a serious ice tool. Designed for light and fast technical ascents, the axe is a little extra insurance on dicey skimo routes like those found on the Grand Teton. The X-Light is possibly the only good hybrid of a standard mountaineering axe and full-on ice tool.
|Materials||Chromoly & stainless steel, 7075 aluminum shaft|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Fast technical ascents|
|Notes||Adaptable to different routes|
|Bottom Line||Light & versatile tool|