Having the best backpacking axe with you on your outdoor excursions can make life easier both on the trail and when it comes time to set up camp. We researched some of the best products available and put together this guide to help you find the right tool for you to take on your next adventure. Before we get into our products, let’s take a look at some of the things to keep in mind when you’re shopping.
Length: This is the measurement from the top of the axe to the end of the handle. As you’ll see, it varies quite a lot so, whether you want something small or something more substantial, there’s an axe here for you.
Grip Material: Grips are made of a few different materials, including rubber, wood, leather, and plastic. Some of these are better in wet weather than others. If you backpack somewhere that’s wet a lot of the time, keep that in mind.
Blade Length: Blade lengths actually don’t vary that much from product to product. For backpacking axes, standard length is anywhere from 3 to 4 inches. We did find one that was a little bigger with a length of 4.5 inches.
Sheath Included: It’s important to put a sheath on the blade when it’s not in use. This not only protects you from any accidents, it also keeps the blade safe from the elements and will help maintain a sharp edge longer.
Blade Material: These blades are all made of some form of steel. Some are stainless steel, some are coated. There are forged steel blades and high carbon ones, too. Steel itself is a great choice because it’s strong and really durable.
Warranty: As with most things, these warranties vary widely. We were impressed by how many of these brands provide lifetime warranties but there are also some that only cover a year or don’t come with any warranty at all.
Now that you know a little more about what to look for, let’s move into the next section of our backpacking axe buying guide, our reviews. Here’s the deal, we put our top and budget picks first. That way, you’ll be able to get a good idea of the range that’s available if you’re in a hurry. Have time to stick around? Keep reading, these axes are all unique and each one has something special to offer. Okay, let’s go!