Chris Townsend tested out the DMM Cirque. Find out how it performed under test
This is the only axe reviewed with a T rating. Unsurprisingly it’s also the heaviest. It’s the one to choose if you are planning on mountaineering routes rather than hillwalking.
The weight makes it much better than a lighter axe for anything that involves swinging the axe as less effort is required so it’s actually less tiring to use. The pick is longer than on the other axes and has plenty of teeth. The adze is quite wide for step-cutting. The shaft is curved and has a rubberised section at the bottom for comfort and good grip when swinging the axe.
A leash is provided with a padded hand loop. The overall leash length and the size of the loop are adjustable, and it is easily big enough for thick mitts. The Cirque isn’t quite as comfortable to carry as the other axes due to little protrusions below the head next to the shaft that can be felt when wearing thin gloves. This isn’t a big issue though.
The cost for a technical alpine axe is low and the Cirque should last well.
Pros: Strength, cost
Cons: Quite heavy
- Price: £85
- Weight: 650g
- Head: Steel
- Shaft: 7075 aluminium
- Rating: T
- Lengths: 50, 55, 60, 65cm