The Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe is an all around, well balanced tool for multi discipline days spent in the mountains. The anodized aluminum shaft features a slight curve near the top, with a straight bottom that makes the tool ideal for plunging into the snow, but the upper curve offers enough clearance to be used on more technical sections. The steel adze and hot forged steel head and pick are plenty durable, with the pick featuring teeth on the upper part to allow for solid anchoring. The bottom spike is made of stainless steel, enabling it to be plunged into harder, icier snow. Both the top and bottom feature holes for clipping carabiners, letting you create anchors quickly and easily.