SMC Capra Ice Axe

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Size: 60cm
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Description

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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  • $24.99 shipping on all Australian orders
  • Shipping charges to other international destinations range between $37.99 and $45
  • We cannot ship oversized or heavy items internationally

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New Zealand
  • North Island: 3-7 business days
  • North Island rural or PO Box/Private Bag: 3-7 business days
  • Waiheke Island: 4-8 business days
  • South Island: 2-6 business days
  • South Island rural or PO Box/Private Bag: 2-6 business days
  • Chatham Islands: 7-10 business days
  • Oversized or heavy items: 5-7 business days to all NZ addresses (excluding Chatham islands)
International

Australia: 7–10 business days (metropolitan areas only).

Canada: 10 business days

Hong Kong: 10 business days

UK/Ireland: 10 business days

USA: 10 business days

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    Reviewed by Hamish L., from New Zealand
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    Essential piece of equipment

    I hiked Mt Arthur and couldn’t get to the top due to too much snow. Brought the axe and went back up following weekend, carved out some steps with the axe and made it to the top!!!! Stunning views!

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    Reviewed by Kerry C.
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    SMC ice axe

    Strong but light everything you would want in an ice axe.

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