Some ice axes are labeled as “B”, others as “T”. What’s the meaning of these letters and what are their practical implications?
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These letters stand for Basic and Technical
The real differences are:
Aside from that, they look similar and the same styles and shapes are available.
Additionally (and I didn't know this until I saw one that confused me) - you can have a technical axe with the blade and the shaft rated separately. For example a T shaft for strength and durability, with a B blade for flexibility.