The Camp Névé is a simple, stripped-down walking axe. The functional adze and pick are well-shaped for chopping steps, daggering and even a bit of front pointing. The pick has a particularly fine profile with a good selection of teeth that will penetrate snow and ice well. The shaft although lacking a rubber grip does have a roughened surface and a workable slider leash. For such a light axe the balance, while not as good as some of the others, does make swinging it easy. The ferrule and shaft are sandwiched by a plastic insert, which gives a smoother profile and aids plunging into snow. It lacks some of the oomph of other axes, and it would benefit from a rubber grip, but overall the Camp Névé is ideal if you need a lightweight basic axe for walking and only occasional ventures onto the steeper stuff. It’s well up to tackling snowy ascents in Snowdonia and the Lakes, and winter Munro-bashing in the Scottish winter.
Materials NiCrMo steel (head), 6082 aluminium (shaft)
Sizes 50, 57, 65, 73, 80cm
Weight 420g (50cm)
The Camp Névé is best for value.
Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine January 2012