When the going gets steep, the Ride ice-axe from Petzl steps up to answer the call. Purpose-built for steep skiing, the Ride has a steel head, curved shaft, and a pick tapered to 3mm. These features ensure that you get a placement you can count on when you’re picking or plunging. The Petzl Ride axe is durable enough for daily ski mountaineering yet still impressively light. It will be your go-to skimo axe for years.
- Steel head offers the same performance as a classic axe.
- Machined grip and curved shaft offer improved handling and self-arrest performance.
- Bright orange color is eye catching so everyone knows you're cool enough to need an axe.
- Compact enough to fit inside a pack which reduces chance of injury if you run out of cool points on the descent.
- CE certified.
|Materials||Tempered steel head, 7075 aluminum handle.|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Ski mountaineering, alpinism, mountaineering|
|Notes||Steel head for long-term picking.|
|Bottom Line||Purpose-built for ski mountaineering.|
|Compare to other Ice Axes|
Questions & Reviews
-Light, leave it in/on your pack, who cares if you don't need it, weight
-You can voile strap it to a standard ski pole (poor man's whippet pole) for descent if touring out of a small pack or skiing something really consequential (large hands mandatory)
-Durable shaft, plugged to prevent snow from filling it (unlike those older Camp axes)
-It can open most beer bottle/cap combinations with slot in the pick
-Light insurance for touring windswept, firm gullies where true water ice isn't encountered
-Will stop a fall, good size for splitboard/ski descents with it in hand
-The join between the pick and shaft can start to feel a bit loose if you throw it at a log, as may be done in an apres axe throwing contest (I have done this)
-The pick has cut-outs that make it lighter, but the plastic cap makes me think the shaft is the more trustworthy "business end."
-Not as sturdy as gully
-Light for make real swings sans pick weights
To sum up my assessment, an IFMGA-certified friend told me last year when I pulled this out of my pack, "that's a great axe and I love it for soft snow, but I think the gully is a better daily driver for ski mountaineering with any mixedish conditions (ice, shallow rock)."
I have explained it to another friend, "it's the aluminum crampons of ice axes, great for 90% of the conditions you bring them for (firm snow, winter ski mountaineering conditions), but you might encounter the 10% conditions and have to bail if it isn't working (water ice, rock)."
Personally, I prefer the versatility of the Gully in most steep scenarios, and based on your description, I think you might as well!
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