Ortovox's new Pocket Spike is simply ingenious! Although usually tucked away in your backpack or pants pocket (hence the name), the Pocket Spike can quickly be retrieved in tense situations, for instance, when you've only got a few feet to the summit or if you have to cross a steep slope. In two steps, you can mount it on to the Pro Alu III shovel handle for added protection. The Pocket Spike has two parts: the tough axe blade made from AL 7075 T6 and the spike, which is attached in place of the shovel blade. The two parts snap together to form a single piece with no sharp edges and weighing just 95 grams. This tool is perfect for tours where you are happy about some additional support when you've only got a few feet left to the summit.