Skimo Co

Blue Ice Akila Axe


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In recent years, ski mountaineers have been looking for that sweet-spot ice axe - one that is light and compact enough to bring along without much of a weight penalty but is able to confidently set a pick when things get spicy. The Akila is Blue Ice’s worthy entry into the, let’s call it, “swingable ultralight” category means it carries like a butterfly but swings like a bee. A Chromoly steel pick inspires confidence with sufficient heft and durability when you’re climbing a short ice step or bulletproof snow. The lightweight anodized aluminum shaft is curved to properly swing but still useful for self-arresting. Again, best of both worlds. A stainless steel spike keeps balance on the steeps and the adjustable, removable pommel allows you to dial in the perfect grip. The Akila is sure to become a lightweight go-to for skiers who don’t want to be weighed down when eyeing up big lines with technical approaches.

  • Aircraft-grade anodized, sandblasted aluminum shaft is curved enough to party, but straight enough to self-arrest.
  • Stainless steel spike provides sturdy support and eliminates concerns of snow clogging.
  • Adjustable, removable, tool-free pommel enables on-the-go versatility.
  • Steel head and pick are durable enough for technical sections.
  • Compact for easy carry, either in or out of your pack.
  • Conforms to the CE / EN 13089 type 1 ice axe certification.
  • Sold individually in hammer or adze options.
Lengths (cm) 49
convert to ounces
330g [Adze]
342g [Hammer]
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Chromoly steel head, aircraft aluminum shaft
Skimo Co Says
Usage Ski mountaineering, high alpine skiing
Notes Made in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Bottom Line Supreme combo of lightweight technicality
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Tim Stabio
Will the pommel/hand rest slide past the bent section of the shaft all the way to the upper rivet?
Answer from Jeremy L
Tim, thanks for the question. The pommel will slide and lock up and past the rivet.
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