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Edelrid Attila Tec Ice Axe
  • Edelrid Attila Tec Ice Axe
  • Edelrid Attila Tec Ice Axe
  • Edelrid Attila Tec Ice Axe Head
  • Edelrid Attila Tec Ice Axe Bottom



My vote: None ( 3 avg )


Combining the advantages of a classic guides’ ice tool with a more technical design for steep ice. The foldout hand rest is ideal for more technical passages or leashless climbing.

  • Slightly curved aluminum shaft and hardened steel pick make light work of steep, alpine terrain
  • Ergonomically-shaped thermoplastic grip stops your hands freezing when plunging on the uphill
  • Patented, fold out hand rest (no tools required)
  • Hardened steel spike with opening to accommodate a carabiner
  • Centroid marking for T-anchor buildup
  • Grip tape supplied
  • Accelerator can be fitted to improve penetration in hard ice

Retail price

US$ 159.95

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Weight (g / oz)

Weight (g / oz)

In grams and ounces, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.

Since the most common ice axe length is 50cm that is the main length that we reference.

When available, we list the weight for each length here.

550 g / 19.40 oz

55 cm: 550 g / 19.4 oz
(We have converted the grams to ounces)

Best Use

Best Use

Ultralight Mountaineering

The lightest axes available, used most for ski mountaineering, adventure racing, and other "go light" ascents. 350 grams is usually the max weight. The decreased weight means they are axes are built for snow missions, not ice.


This is the most common type of snow mountaineering axe. These axes are above 350 grams and are a great balance of weight and durability. There may be a grip and they will always have an adze head (and no matching hammer pair). These axes are great for snow and can handle chopping steps in ice, or other small ice scenarios.

Technical Mountaineering

These axes are for tougher conditions when the majority of climbing is on snow, but the axe needs to be able to handle a short ice wall. They generally have a bent shaft and T-rated (more technical) pick. Often these beefier axes will have a rubberized grip and they may have a matching adze and hammer version. They're basically the offspring of an ice axe and ice tool.

Technical Mountaineering
Length Options (cm)

Length Options (cm)

Measured in centimeters, the best length is based on your height and ape index (arm length). Holding the axe in your hand, the spike (sharp end) of the axe should arrive around your shin. At the max size, it should go to your ankle.

Two people of the same height could need a different sized axe, based on arm length (t-rex vs monkey). If in-between sizes, our bias is towards sizing shorter.

Rule of Thumb

  • Under 5'6" 50cm
  • 5'6" to 5'8" 50-55cm
  • 5'9" to 6'0" 50-60cm
  • 6'1" to 6'4" 55-65cm
  • Over 6'4" 60-70cm

Worth Considering

There are other resources online that suggest a longer axe is a plus and that you should measure below the ankle. We absolutely disagree. A longer axe means you'll be tempted to use it as a trekking pole (which will put you off balance), or you'll have to give your arm a huge workout just to lift it in and out of the snow. Ice axes are meant to be used on the uphill side, which is already much higher.

55 cm
Head Details

Head Details

This refers to the back of the ice axe head (opposite the pick).

For ice axes, adze's are (by far) the most common. An adze will allow you to break ice by chopping or shoveling in a specific area, and they also provide more room to hold on to the head than a hammer does. This grip helps for arresting too.

Hammers are usually only used as a pair with an adze on the other axe (hammer's are much more common in ice tools than ice axes). A hammer uses a more broad force to break ice bulges.

Ice Rating

Ice Rating

The certified rating of the pick and the shaft. These ratings might not match each other.

There are only 2 possible shaft ratings:

B / Type 1 / CEN-B: Basic
T / Type 2 / CEN-T: Technical

Pick: T / Type 2
Shaft: T / Type 2


The materials, as stated by the manufacturer / brand, of the pick, head, shaft and grip.

Pick: Hardened Steel
­Shaft: Aluminum
Grip: Thermoplastic


The main climbing gear certifications are CE and UIAA--and normally the UIAA creates the rules that the CE body also supports. When possible, we try to list all the certifications the product carries.

To sell a climbing product in Europe, the device must be CE certified. There are no official requirements to sell climbing gear in the US. The UIAA certification is a voluntary process.

For ice axes, there is a separate certification for the pick and the shaft.

Learn More

Rock and Ice Certifications Guide


This isn't super common, but sometimes the manufacturers will state a specific warranty such as "3 years against manufacturer defects"

( 3 avg )
( 3 avg )

Good idea, but poor implementation

I’ve used it a bunch

When I first saw the retractable hand rest of this ice axe I thought why nobody made this earlier? In my opinion it's a much better design than a sliding hand rest.

On ice up to 80 degrees the tool is very convenient to use, on steeper ice you have to weight your ice axe harder and your pinky quickly starts to hurt because hand rest is rather narrow compared to one of ice tool or Grivel's Easy Slider, Petzl Griprest etc, but I think it's not a big deal - anyway you'd better have an ice tool for such steep ice. The pick is made of quality steel, the spike has big opening, so in this area everything is great, although maybe it would make sense to make the pick changeable. As any other technical ice axe it performs worse in self arresting than a straight shaft axe, nothing can be done here, you have to choose.
Another design flow is using self amalgamating tape for increased friction. Again I like the idea but the implemention is poor - spike upper part and shaft has the same diameter, so all you tape is screwed after one day of snow plunging with axe.

So all in all it could be a rather good tool, BUT after 2 weeks of intense use the black plastic on the side of hand rest got broken. Although the hand rest still works it's clear this is a design flow, this part should be made of metal or at least higher quality plastic. I'll have to glue it with epoxy because no spare part is available.

UK Climbing Gear Review no rating given just a review

With the Attila Tec, Edelrid have tried to create a hybrid between a climbing and a mountaineering axe. Off the shelf they appear to have largely succeeded, though the adze needs to be bigger. Problems arise in use, however, when the weakness of the non-replaceable plastic components is soon evident. It would be disappointing if you'd purchased this axe for these unique selling points, only for them to break at the first sign of rough use. Mountaineering axes need to be strong enough to take some knocks - that's the nature of the job! Thankfully these are 'nice to haves' rather than essential safety components, and the axe is still functional without its plastic trigger and head grip.

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