Purpose-built for alpinism, the Grivel North Machine Carbon ice tool is a dream come true for ski alpinists. And that’s not just because of the extremely lightweight-yet-durable construction. The geometry of the shaft curvature increases pick clearance and usability in pure ice and mixed terrain conditions. The pick has been carefully shaped to allow for surgical placement in tight quarters, but with the strength to tolerate abuse in any arena. The carbon shaft dampens vibration, while the small shaft size and rubber grip eliminate dreaded forearm pump. A reduced pinky pommel size reduces interference on lower angled terrain and improves plunging ability. The North Machine Carbon is the culmination of Grivel’s 150+ year quest to make the high mountains more accessible.
- Aerospace composite handle is the ultralight yet strong due to ribbed construction.
- Available in both hammer and adze versions, but also configurable without either.
- Ice Plus pick or Mixed pick can be used to adapt the axe to your specific mission.
- 47 centimeter shaft is curved precisely to enable secure placements in one swing.
- CE certified.
||Carbon, forged steel|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Technical ski mountaineering, Alpinism, Ice Climbing.|
|Notes||Adze/hammer can be removed.|
|Bottom Line||Ultralight ice weapon|
|Compare to other Ice Axes|
Questions & Reviews
The version without hammer or adze is actually pretty light, 445g, I believe it's the lightest full ice tool available from a major manufacturer in the US.
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