The Stubai Blue Star is a well-proven classic ice axe that has been voted ‘Best Buy’ in past Trail reviews and has provided a popular low-priced option for many years. The design is fairly standard with a straight shaft. It has a very substantial rubber grip and comes with a slide-adjusted leash. The head has a wide adze for hacking out snow and is well-balanced. The pick is not as aggressive as some, which is just what you want if you only need the axe for ice axe braking. You also get a rubber protector for the spike. This is a good, basic, low-priced axe that is ideal for winter walking. All that for just £49 is a bargain. But the Stubai Blue Star’s weight is its main drawback. The head is not as aggressive or as well-finished as some others either.
Materials alloy shaft, forged steel head
Sizes 60, 65, 70cm
Weight 660g (size 60cm with leash)
Made in Austria
Stores in the UK 29
Stockist details tel. (0161) 343 6166, www.trailwise.co.ukVerdict
If you want a low-priced axe and aren’t worried about the extra weight, then the Stubai Blue Star is ideal if you aren’t going to use it much.
Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine January 2009