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New Lightweight Ti Ice Axes from Simond

10.6 ounces (300 grams) for the 54 centimeter B rated model.

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by Steve Nelson | 2007-02-01 09:13:00-07

Simond, a Chamonix-based climbing hardware company, is introducing its updated line to the U.S. market. Included is a lighweight ice axe with a forged titanium head, weighing in at 300 grams (10.6 ounces) for the 54 cm length.

The ice axe is of a minimalist design: the head has a serrated pick and simple spade-shaped adze, and the spike is simply a sliced-off hollow aluminum shaft with a bushing. The axe has a CE B rating.

Also of note: a T rated, bent-shaft model with a more traditional spike and rubberized coating on the lower half of the shaft, weighing in at a scant 420 grams (14.8 ounces). Both models are shown in the first picture at right.

As an interesting aside, Simond is leveraging the abilities of its parent company Wichard, which creates high-quality medical forgings.

I found both axes well-balanced and solid feeling - they exude quality. The lighter model should be an interesting option for climbers and hikers looking for a non-technical ice axe that's stronger than the other minimalist versions currently available. The other is the first T rated titanium ice axe on the market, and provides an intriguing new choice for climbers who need the bent shaft style.

Specifications and Features

  • Manufacturer: Simond
  • Sizes available: 54, 60, 68, 75 centimeter straight shafts
  • Materials: Forged titanium, aluminum alloy
  • Weight: 10.6 ounces (300 grams) for 54 centimeter model
  • MSRP: $259
  • Available: Late Spring, 2007


"New Lightweight Ti Ice Axes from Simond," by Steve Nelson. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2007-02-01 09:13:00-07.


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Steven Nelson
(slnsf) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
New Lightweight Ti Ice Axe from Simond on 01/31/2007 21:48:48 MST Print View

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New Lightweight Ti Ice Axe from Simond

carlos fernandez rivas
(pitagorin) - MLife

Locale: Galicia -Spain
the techical brother on 02/01/2007 05:19:44 MST Print View

With this axe (the 820 R ti) simond is introducing the 820 mxc the " heavier, bent-shaft model with a more traditional spike and T rating" model

the claimed weight is 420 grams (54cm) this is really light for a semi techical axe and is the first titanium technical axe in the market ..... in my opinion is as interesting than the non techincal model ....

David Neumann
(idahomtman) - M

Locale: Northern Idaho
Re: New Lightweight Ti Ice Axe from Simond on 02/01/2007 10:31:27 MST Print View

Looks like a high quality ice axe, but you have to identify what you want to tool to do for you. If you are looking for the lightest weight emergency ice axe say for crossing those few snow/ice patches on your thru-hike, but nothing technical, the Camp XLA 50 cm axe at 8.6 ounces for less money is still a good choice.

joseph daluz
(jfdiberian) - F

Locale: Columbia River Gorge
Galicia! on 02/04/2007 01:05:06 MST Print View

(Carlos, I was wondering if you would email me to talk to me about Pontevedra, and... Boquexon. I was there a month ago. My wife's from there.)

carlos fernandez rivas
(pitagorin) - MLife

Locale: Galicia -Spain
Re: Galicia! on 02/05/2007 14:22:08 MST Print View

I live in Vigo, next to Pontevedra :-)

in your profile there is no e-mail

my adress

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: Galicia! on 02/05/2007 16:33:01 MST Print View

Hola Carlos.

Galicia is beautiful -- I visited Santiago de Compostela once -- flying in from Madrid. I hope to go there again, but hiking in from France next time... :)