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Grivel North Machine

Brand: Grivel
Model: North Machine Ice Axe
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Price: $289.95 $246.46
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Purpose-built for alpinism, the Grivel North Machine 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 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.
Lengths (cm) 47
-> ounces
566g [hammer]
Specs Verified Yes
Materials Carbon, forged steel
Skimo Co Says
Usage Technical ski mountaineering, Alpinism, Ice Climbing.
Notes Adze/hammer can be removed.
Bottom Line Ultralight ice weapon
by Pete (used product a few times)
Great ice tool, perfect for long technical missions where you need a technical tool but wight still plays a role. So much head weight, and sticks in water ice great. Only complaint is that the sticks are deep enough that they are occasionally hard to clean.

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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