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 other ice axes, does make swinging it easy. The ferrule is sandwiched by a plastic insert, which aids plunging into snow. But it lacks some of the oomph found of other axes and would benefit from a rubber grip.
Materials NiCrMo steel (head), 6082 aluminium (shaft)
Sizes 50, 57, 65, 73, and 80cm
Weight 522g (size 65cm with slider leash)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 32
The Camp Névé is ideal if you need a lightweight basic axe for walking and only the occasional venture onto the steeper stuff. It was awarded ‘Best Value’ for walking ice axes in our review.
Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine January 2011