The 470 g (16.5 oz) Cosmi’tec is new to the Winter OR show. It’s a classic mountaineering and glacier travel axe. But with its slightly curved shaft and tapered and recurved pick it will do a credible job on steep ice. The shaft bend is shallow enough to allow for deep plunges and a solid anchor in soft snow. A great multipurpose axe.
New to the Summer OR show was the 450 g (16.0 oz) Snowscopic, a combination axe and trekking pole. It can be used on steep approaches. And sometimes a trekking pole works better on a glacier and steep snow than an axe.
"Two Petzl Axes – Cosmi’tec and Snowscopic First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/petzl_axes_cosmi_snowscopic_outdoor_retailer_winter_market_2005.html, 2005-01-31 03:00:00-07.