Ultralight, Ultraversatileby tammctavish on 04/7/2020
I purchased this axe when I found my Summit was a little long for skiing. I looked at the Ride, which was lighter, but ultimately decided to sell my old Sum'tecs and replace them with the gulley. The New Sum'tecs were a little pricey for my tastes and I wanted to lightweight.
I also feel like the Sum'tecs lack rubber handles and get too cold for proper ice climbing.
The Gulley is a good alternative to the Ride with even more functional options. As a skimo ice axe it is just as good. The little handle slides perfectly, adn i seasy to adjust one handed. The axes plunges well, and feels stable. The bend in the shaft is ideal, and provides a litte relief when daggering.
On ice the gulley is not ideal as it doesn't have much intrinsic swing weight, but then than isn't really what it's meant for. You do hav eto muscle your swings a little more, but also guard from over driving the tool lest it get stuck. Either way it's still a extremely capable ice and alpine axe, and lags only slightly behind more purpose built options. As a northwall hammer, the Adze is perfect.
If you're mostly ski mountaineering with a bit of technical climbing this is an ideal tool. If you wanted to climb more alpine then having some tape at the base would be a good idea for comfort and to keep the cold off.