It weighs approx 250g. has a steel pic that can penetrate reasonably. and a 47cm alu shaft. I loved this tool, it weighed nothing but was usable and virtually zero weight penalty for carrying just incase. Along with it i used the petzl leopard aluminium crampons. This is brilliant on snowfields. I never had to arrest a fall using it but suspect it wouldnt be the most comfortable. On hard ice i think this would struggle but as the axe you think you might not need or for approaches and skimo its perfect.