The Camp Corsa ice axe is the lightest ice axe we sell at only 205g in the 50cm length. The Corsa is designed for competitive ski touring and ultralight classic touring.
The Corsa has an aluminium shaft and head which is unique amongst our axe line up and that's how it manages to be one third lighter than its nearest competitor. However an alloy head will blunt very quickly in use and is only designed to be used occasionally in snow and easy angled glacier ice. The Corsa is designed for ski touring and winter walking but not general mountaineering.
The smooth shaft and lack of leash (like all our lightweight axes) keeps the weight down but does compromise use.
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Great bit of ski touring kit, fits that niche in the market perfectly - used it comfortably on glaciers and snowy ridges as well as scrambling up the final parts of peaks when you take the skis off. Originally had the shorter version but swapped it with a shorter friend (I'm 6'2") for the longer one - better suited for its designed use: as a very light walking axe for self protection.
In my opinion a bit of a luxury to have in your gear. I would not recommend this axe because it is very light and you do compromise safety when you are using it. It is very difficult almost impossible to stop an unexpected fall with a lightweight ice axe. In Greece we have tested it thoroughly in ice slopes with intentional falls in a controlled environment.
Results were disappointing. It takes much more effort and strength to stop the fall plus it takes more distance to stop. On very hard ice the aluminium blade is impossible to penetrate ,most likely it would break. The ice axe is your only tool you rely to stop your fall. Itís a waste to try to save weight from the only thing that can save your life. Try and save weight from other items not the ice axe. Always use ice axes or a reasonable weight (eg 500gr) and with steel blades.
This axe only gives you the impression of safety.
Good bit of luxury lightweight kit if you have a few quid spare, do enough touring to justify the outlay and recognise the limitations of lightweight kit.
Will handle snow/neve just fine but will not really cope with ice. Super-light and stashes compactly on your pack. I carry it when skiing on glaciers and for pretty much all touring as it's so light and unobtrusive that you may as well.
If you expect to have to deal with a lot of hard snow or ice then you will need a more traditional axe.
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