The Alpico walking axe passes UIAA 'B rating' tests and, compared to other axes, the manufacturers suggest that it provides a more solid belay in soft snow because of its shape. The axe can be stowed away in a holster without needing to access rucksack straps, and once stowed it does not have exposed points which tend to get caught on things whilst climbing. The handle is made from a carbon fibre based composite. It was designed by Soluzion Inventive and is distributed by Climbing Technology.
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