The Petzl Laser Speed Light Ice Screws are the lightest ice-screws in the Petzl line up and are ideal for lightweight mountaineering and alpinism . The fold down integrated flexible crank ensures a screw can be placed quickly when you need it most. The smaller hanger also allows the Laser Speed Light to be placed in sculptured ice where a larger hanger may impede the screw from reaching it's maximum depth. And for ease of recognition the handles are colour coded.
The main tube is made from weight saving aluminium and is tipped with a lightweight steel drill. The Laser is easily screwed into the hardest of ice thanks to Petzls unique design allowing the teeth to cut into the ice with ease.
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I mostly climb WI3-4 and consider my self a beginner. I have previously tried the BD express, some Grivel and the previous Petzl screws in the past following the popular trend that BD are the best around. I used these Petzl ice screws first time in Norway this past weekend and I can confidently say that these screws compete easily with the black diamond express and I think they should be the new standard for a good ice screw. Made from aluminium they are also much lighter, if you rack 10-12 for a normal 40-50m pitch the weight can easily add up so I think they are very good for saving weight. They go in very easily as well, the tip is made of steel and the initial bite is fast...the handle makes it go in very fast too. I find them also much easier to clean after removing them from ice even if they stayed there for a while during a route.
They might be a little on the expensive side (although facewest had the best price I could find on them) but I think the weight saving is worth it. Can't say much about durability that could be a concern since aluminium can bang much easier than steel but time will tell. Totally recommend them.
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