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The Petzl Glacier received 5 stars in our review. Find out why

Petzl’s new Glacier ice axe is excellent. It’s lightweight, reasonably priced and well designed. The pick has plenty of teeth and bites easily into hard snow.

The adze is quite wide and reasonable for step-cutting and clearing snow though, as with other very light axes, it would be tiring to use it for long for these purposes. The spike is sharp and narrow and so penetrates hard snow easily. There are grooves in the shaft at the lower end to make it more comfortable and secure to hold when swinging it to cut steps or hitting the pick into hard snow or ice.

A cord leash with a webbing loop is provided. The length of the leash is adjustable but not the webbing loop, which I found a tight fi t when wearing a thick mitt.



  • Overall: 5 out of 5

Pros: Lightweight, cost, long lengths

Cons: Nothing

  • Price: £70
  • Weight: 370g
  • Head: Steel
  • Shaft: 7075 aluminium
  • Rating: B
  • Lengths: 60, 68, 75cm
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