The Capra is a result of more than 2 years of extensive design and field testing around the globe. Prototypes were used by experienced guides and other climbers in successful summits of such notable mountains as Mt. Everest, Mt. Vinson, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Shasta, and Mt. Adams.
"There is very nice feel of the head of the axe in the palm when using in piolet canne,” professed Phil Ershler, International Mountain Guides Director and world-renowned guide. “We also noted that the spike was good, particularly when anchoring with the axe at a break. The flat design allows us to auger a bit with it when trying to get it into firm snow. I personally think that’s real important for this type of an axe.” Another IMG Guide, Justin Merle, used the Capra for 2 months on Mt. Everest. “It's a great lightweight mountaineering axe. It climbs well, is sturdy, light, and comfortable to carry. Carrying an axe like this is the way to go on long mountaineering routes--it's light in the hands and you hardly know it's there when it's on your backpack. I had a couple of nice ice axes to choose from--in the end I took the Capra to the top of the world."
One of the lightest weight axes in this category, the 65cm version tips the scale at a mere 16.08 ounces. Among the other more notable features of the Capra is the head and handle; both are completely new designs from SMC. The head fits more naturally into the user’s hand helping to minimize the discomfort often associated with using a mountaineering axe for extended periods on time. While the overall weight of this axe is remarkably light, the axe features a full sized chromoly steel head and spike, not ones that were chopped off to save weight. The unique handle is designed to be easier to index in hand for surer placement in self-arrest. Great balance and swing weight are hallmarks of this new axe. Every part of the Capra is an entirely new design and not only is it one of the most advanced axes on the market; it is manufactured entirely at the SMC factory in Ferndale, WA.
453gm - 60cm
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