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Why did Grivel’s axe get our ‘Best Buy’ in review?  

The Grivel Helix is a near perfect walking axe with a unique feature that does make a noticeable difference. This is a plastic cover over the head that makes holding the axe more comfortable and warmer as well as protecting your gloves. Grivel says this is provided because ‘walking axes are carried 99.9% of the time by the head’. I don’t know where this figure comes from but I certainly reckon I carry an axe by the head most of the time.

The adze and last few inches of the pick aren’t covered so these can still be used with the cover in place. It can be removed though this a bit fiddly, especially if the provided leash is in place as this has to be removed first. The leash is adjustable for length and has an adjustable hand loop big enough for a thick mitt.

The Helix is very much a walking axe. The pick isn’t that sharp and the adze isn’t wide. It does weigh a bit more than some other walking axes but is still quite light. If you are unlikely to do much stepcutting or use the pick for climbing this axe is a great choice, especially given the low price.


  • Overall: 5 out of 5

Pros: Head cover, cost

Cons: Not as light as some

  • Price: £55
  • Weight: 475g
  • Head: Carbon Steel
  • Shaft: Aluminium
  • Rating: B
  • Lengths: 53, 58, 66cm
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