SMC has named their newest axe the "Capra", in recognition of the sure-footed mountain goats that inhabit the nearby Cascade Mountain range. The Capra is a result of more than 2 years of extensive design and field testing around the globe. One of the lightest axes in this category, the 65cm version tips the scale at a mere 15.98 ounces. Among the other more notable features of the Capra is the head and handle; both are completely new designs from SMC. The head fits more naturally into the user's hand helping to minimize the discomfort often associated with using a mountaineering axe for extended periods on time. While the overall weight of this axe is remarkably light, the axe features a full sized chromoly steel head and spike, not ones that were chopped off to save weight. The unique handle is designed to be easier to index in hand for surer placement in self-arrest. Great balance and swing weight are hallmarks of this new axe.