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This ultra light ice axe is designed for ski touring, backcountry skiing and glacier travel. The Petzl Ride won't weigh you down, yet it gives you vital security on steep technical ground. 
This ultra light ice axe is designed for ski touring, backcountry skiing and glacier travel. The Petzl Ride won't weigh you down, yet it gives you vital security on steep technical ground. 

Petzl Ride Ice Axe - 45cm

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Petzl Ride Ice Axe - 45cm




This ultra light ice axe is designed for ski touring, backcountry skiing and glacier travel. The Petzl Ride won't weigh you down, yet it gives you vital security on steep technical ground. 

With a tempered steel head and lightweight aluminium shaft, the Ride has all the features you need in an axe, but in a lighter, more compact form. At only 45cm long with a compact head, it stows inside a daypack with ease.  It has a slightly curved shaft, for efficient plunging in deep powder, which also has a machined grip section. The pick is tapered to 3mm for positive placements every time.


Buyers Guide - How to choose an Ice Axe

An ice axe is an essential piece of kit to carry in the winter hills and mountains. Its job is to help reduce the chance of slips and trips while crossing snow and ice, provide security on steep ground and to aid the arrest of a fall. However, it can’t do this by itself. There is no point in carrying an ice axe if you have no clue how to use one. Make sure you get proper instruction and lots of practice before relying on your skills out in the winter hills – it might just save your life.

- Do I need an ice axe?

- Why are there so many different types?
- What do the different ratings mean?
- Do I need a curved or a straight shaft?
- What length do I need?
- Why are there so many different leash options?
- How do I maintain my ice axe?

Top tips to make the right choice:

Little rubber gizmo’s are available to protect the tips of your pick and spike from damage, or more importantly, stopping them from poking through your expensive rucksack and clothing.

Practicing how to strap your tools onto your pack while wearing gloves is time well spent.

Did we mention the importance of proper instruction and lots of practice?
Technical Information
  • Ice axe with steel head offering the same performance as a classic ice axe
  • Pick tapered to 3 mm at the end for good penetration in ice
  • Curved shaft and machined grip for good handling
  • Very lightweight: only 240 g
  • Compact: with only 45 cm and a beveled spike, the axe can be stowed inside the pack:
  • Reduces the risk of injury when the axe is attached to the outside of the pack
  • Can be stowed inside the pack for more discretion and without risk of damaging the pack


  • Weight: 240 g
  • Pick type: 1
  • Shaft type: 1
  • Certification(s): CE, UIAA
  • Material(s): tempered steel, 7075 aluminum
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  • Petzl Ride Ice Axe - 45cm review by Stuart McDonald, on 21/03/2023

    Perfect ski touring axe, very light, Ive used it with crampons on steeps not too short at all. Id recommend you also buy a Petzl Trigrest to go with it.
  • Petzl Ride Ice Axe - 45cm review by Douglas Lamb, on 20/05/2021

    Very light and strong. Ideal for ski-touring. Fits in and on backpack.
  • Petzl Ride Ice Axe - 45cm review by Andrew Turner, on 31/03/2021

    Excellent for specified use - ski touring and ski mountaineering. Incredibly lightweight so you take it everywhere. The compromise is its short so on moderate gullies (30 degrees) in cane mode it feels a bit too short (Im 511) and theres no spike on the bottom so you have to work reasonably hard to make it puncture firm snow. This is doable however. Chopping steps and digging are doable but not ideal due to the short length and reduced size adze. However, all these compromises are also the Rides strengths. Short enough to fit inside your rucksack, no spike to damage interior, incredibly light (240g so you take it everywhere) and a great backup tool which will also do the job on some technical terrain. Ive been impressed by the pick and its bite into all snow types on grade 1 to 2 ground including mixed terrain. I think if youre looking for something with 5cm extra length, a better adze and a real spike (may not go inside your rucksack as easily) but you dont mind about it being 80g heavier then the Petzl Glacier Literide is a better shout. However, in this super lightweight category, compromise is necessary and the Ride suits almost all uses which a Ski-tourer/mountaineer may throw at it. Its real strength is that you will always have it in your bag.
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