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Grivel North Machine Ice Tool

$289.95

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      $289.95
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    Made for north aspects.

    Grivel designed the North Machine Ice Tool for all those odd ice and mixed routes on nearly every north-facing wall, but that doesn't mean it won't also work on other directions. Aerospace carbon gives this tool the superlight convenience that alpinists want and the reliable power that strong ice climbers need. Grivel gave the shaft an ergonomic, easy-to-handle feel and fine-tuned the Ice Plus blade for mixed or ice terrain. The blade comes with either a hammer or shovel for extra convenience.

    • Aerospace carbon composite construction
    • Ice and mixed Ice Plus blade
    • Hammer or shovel option
    • Item #GRV000Z

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [shaft] carbon composite, [blade, shovel, hammer] chromolly steel (forged)
    Length
    18.5 in
    Rating
    CE certified, T-rated
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 3.4 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Best all-around tool I've ever used

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I am a huge fan of the new carbon fiber Grivel tech and north machine tools. I think they are leagues ahead of other CF tools like the cobra. The grips are excellent, they're very light, I love the swing, and the picks are outstanding. Also the CF shaft has the added benefit of not feeling cold.

    I went with the north machine over the tech machine because I do more alpine and skimo than hard, technical ice and mixed climbing. The tech machine handle was a bit large for plunging into snow on alpine climbs (still worked fine though) but the north machine was great. I also didn't need as agressive of a tool.

    Great tool for moderate Ice

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have put 10+ days on these tools this season on WI3-WI4+ ice and I must say, I really love these tools. The hammer is much better than any other tool i've used for setting bulldogs or pins (only set 2-3 but like it much more than my cobra's mini-hammers). I have tapped the uppers since the shaft isn't great for gripping in thick gloves but then again, most shafts are not. As for the tool--the top is very heavy which unbalances the tool (unlike cobras and nomics which seem very weight balanced through). I find this is great for wrist flick in the swing since the weight does most of the work--my girlfriend loves this a lot and has been hording the tools when we get out together. The shaft is modeled like the quantum techs which I have tried a few times but those tools have a much lighter head and are far more balanced. I think what you want in a tool has to be determined on ice--go demo these tools if you are interested and compare them to a tool that has an equal weight distribution. I am a firm believer grivel makes the most functional spikes for approaches but they aren't great for breaking off brittle ice. Grivel's picks are also some of the best on the market.

    Unanswered Question

    The specs suggest this comes with both the ice and mixed picks. Can you please confirm this is the case - two picks?

    Unanswered Question

    I am really interested in picking a set of these tools up. I love the Quantum Tech's but would like something for a little steeper ice. Does this tool have more pick angle than the Quantums? Also, is there a trigger that will work with this shaft to aid in bumping up on the tool?