Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe

The Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe is a lighter version of a classic ice axe, and designed for those looking to shave some weight from their packs. The sleek top makes it easy and comfortable to hold throughout the day, and its durability gives it extreme longevity, even under heavy use. The major downfall of this axe is its wider pick that is much better suited for soft snow than for ice and firmer snowpacks. Despite this, the Raven Pro is quickly becoming a classic that is especially loved by beginner mountaineers.

Grivel Air Tech Light Crampon

Even though they are made of aluminum and are very lightweight, these crampons provide great confidence on ice and snow. They are not made for steep ice, but they have excellent performance in compact snow and lower angled ice. Try to avoid using them on rock, as numerous reviews have noted that spikes broke off.

Black Diamond Neve Crampons with Anti-Balling System

These surprisingly durable aluminum crampons are very lightweight, which makes them an easy choice to throw in the pack when snow or ice might be encountered. While not intended for steep or technical ice climbing, they are super versatile and easy to fit in the field to different boots. As a result, they are a popular choice for hikers, backpackers and backcountry skiers.