As one would expect, technical ice climbing requires the most durable equipment, but climbing company Ice Rock has developed a tool that can deliver that durability without adding excess weight thanks to its Ice Rock Idol ice ax. Billed as the lightest ice ax in the world, the Ice Rock Idol employs both unique materials and clever product design to achieve such a slight mass.
The Ice Rock Idol weighs in at 188 grams. To put that staggering number into perspective, even the lightest of general mountaineering axes (let alone technical axes) weigh over 300 grams. The key to the Idol's weight is its use of a carbon fiber frame coupled with an aircraft-grade aluminum spike. These materials are also matched with a monocoque design that allows for less material to be added to the ax.