Developments in technology and design allow us to offer tools for various disciplines. From glacier travel, to pushing the limits of modern ice and mixed climbing. A lot has changed since the first axes where invented in the European Alps during the early 1800s. Before the invention of crampons at the turn of the 19th century an axe's primary job was chopping steps – thus the reason for the seemingly ridiculous length of axes of the day. Chopping steps is now rarely done, but is sometimes still a useful function of an axe. Modern axes have a broader range of needs and users types, from early season backpacking and adventure racing to steep alpine ice routes where an axe might be paired with an ice tool.
The first thing you should consider when purchasing an ice axe is what type of climbing or mountaineering do you want to do? Are you a backpacker who just wants gear for early season hikes or are you someone who is into or aspiring for glacier-mountaineering routes? Or, rather are you an alpine rock climber who needs a product to assist during snowy or glaciated approaches or are you a climber who is into more complex and steeper mountaineering routes? Consider all your wishes and find the most suitable ice axe in Gandrs wide range.