Black Diamond Venom

This ice axe is 530g (50cm), which is a low weight for the features; interchangeable pick; ergonomic head grip; rubberised shaft grip; leash provided with padded wrist loop; precurved shaft for easier placement in snow slopes; beautifully finished; very well-balanced; superb all-round mountaineering axe; technical rating so it can be used for rope belays. But very high price tag.

Verdict: Buy it if you want a more swingable technical axe with an interchangeable pick for mountaineering and walking.