I was expecting the Slayer to weigh more overall, but it is much lighter than I expected while still feeling solid. This is down to the handle being made of ash wood. Since most of the weight is in the head of the tool it swings well and digs in without much effort. Exactly the weight balance you would want in a McLeod to make cutting line quick work. I also spent a short time cutting fire line in California with a McCloud, but this is a huge upgrade from the standard issued fire department McLeod. The Slayer would have made life so much easier then. It also looks way better.
Built tough, and not as heavy as it looks in the photos. Working some trails with the new Trail Slayer and wish I had made the purchase sooner. Can clean up and fix trail surface with one tool, and it's literally like a walk in the park doing some trail clean-up. Great quality, price, and durability.