Ice screws are used as mobile belay points in a wide variety of situations - whether in ice climbing for belaying in ice flanks and icefalls or ski mountaineering as anchors, for quick belays and crevasse rescue in glaciated terrain. The best ice screws can withstand high loads when used correctly, are easy to handle as well as light in weight. Blue Ice's Aero Lite aluminum ice screws are among the lightest on the market and, thanks to sophisticated engineering, are also exceptionally safe.
Speed means safety in icy alpine environments. An ice screw must be fast to set and quick to hold. Otherwise, you could stand exposed and unsecured for a long time. The handling of ice screws must therefore be easy and intuitive, especially on long tours when the muscles are tired and the arms shaky.
The Blue Ice Aero Lite ice screws have several features that allow just that speed in handling: each size has a specific color so that you can immediately pick the right screw depending on conditions. The 13 cm screw comes in gold, the 16 cm version in blue, 19 cm is gray and the 22 cm and thus longest Aero Light ice screw is available in green. All colors are thus easy to distinguish on your harness.
The stainless steel crank folds in and out, so Blue Ice's Aero Light ice screws bite quickly thanks to the three-tooth tip and are easy to screw in. The tip is machined from stainless steel, while the screw's body is made of aluminum. This hybrid construction makes for a super-light ice screw, while the stainless steel still brings great performance properties and durability. The R&D team tweaked the geometry of the three teeth bit of the screw for a long period during the development phase. After two years of development, the finished screw can now be placed in the ice as quickly as possible.
Not only the ice screw itself is well thought out but also the caps that come with it. The Aero Lite Ice Screw caps were designed with the intent to not only protect the ice screw teeth, but to also solve several problems. The loop on the caps allows for a quick, on-handed operation when removing the screw and allows the cap to easily be racked on the users’ ice clipper. With the ability to easily rack due to the loop, the user will also be less likely to lose caps. Another feature are the vents on the sides and bottom of the caps that allow airflow for any left over ice/water to drain and allow the screw tip to dry.
In addition to its lightweight aluminum construction, the ice screw's tube is specially built with a larger diameter. Manu Ibarra, from Blue Ice's R&D team, explains the background: "The largest diameter on the market provides better holding power and allows for safe placement when the only option is to reuse an old screw hole." As a result, Aero Lite screws can be used in existing holes without risking direct tear-out.
The tube of Blue Ice's Aero Lite screws is also produced in the brand's home country, France. And the packaging of the ice screws has also been redesigned to be environmentally friendly. The ice screws are supplied in a paper box, the length of which can be slidingly adjusted to the length of the screw. The same design as well as the easy adjustment further saves resources and contributes to a more sustainable packaging without plastic.
- larger diameter makes Blue Ice Aero Lite ice screws safe even in existing anchor holes
- lightest aluminum screw on the market
- Three-tooth bit design and stainless steel crank for quick and easy placement
- color coding for easy selection of the correct length
- Environmentally friendly, regionally produced packaging with no plastic
Lengths: 10, 13, 16, 19, 22 cm (size availability depending on country regulations)
Weight: Red (10 cm - 58g), gold (13 cm - 65 g), blue (16 cm - 72 g), gray (19 cm - 78 g), green (22 cm - 84 g)
Available in stores from: September 2021
RRP: 70 €