When light is right, CAMP is proving they are the go-to guys. They took their Corsa ice axe, added a curve to the shaft and a steel pick and spike. This adds negligibly to the weight of otherwise all-aluminum axe, which now tips the scales at all of 8.7oz. About the only way it's going to get any lighter is to fill the shaft with helium.
Available in 50, 60 and 70cm lengths I took the shorty to test for possible future use on the 2,000 feet of 50 to 60 degree snow and ice in the Chicken Couloir on Denali's West Rib. The pick is aggressive enough for this type of climbing, and at just over a pound for a pair the weight is certainly attractive.
The curved shaft makes it handle like a tool, and the grip-strip really does its thing. Chopping steps, plunging and otherwise banging it about in the Chugach front range didn't seem to loosen anything up, so unless the rest of the winter proves different this baby and its twin are going to Denali.