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Grivel North Machine Adze

North Machine Adze

Grivel

Rating

My vote: None ( 5.8 avg )

Description

The North Machine is a lightweight technical tool designed with the most ambitious alpinist in mind. Made of aerospace composite with the stout Mix blade that is 4.2 mm and designed for hooking on both ice and rock. The North Machine's carbon composite shaft offers no compromise over quality allowing greater strength and rigidity. This is made possible by the type of reinforcement and the orientation of the carbon fibers. The North Machine is delivered with the Mix Blade and it also accepts the optional Ice Blade.

Retail price

US$ 289.95

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Weight (g / oz)

Weight (g / oz)

In grams and ounces, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.

The weight is the packaged weight. If there are differences in weight (due to optional accessories) we'll note them here.

555 g / 19.57 oz­
Length (cm) 47 cm
Head Details Adze (pair: North Machine Hammer )
2 Screw adjustment
Ice Rating ­
Shaft: T / Type 2
Picks Included with the tool:
Machine Mix Blade
Other Picks Available:
Machine Ice Blade
Pommel & Grip

Pommel & Grip

Upper Pommel

Fixed: An upper pommel that is fixed in place (it cannot move up/down the shaft nor can it be taken off).

Adjustable: An upper pommel that can move up and down the shaft.

Removable & Adjustable: An upper pommel that is completely removable and also adjustable.

Removeable: An upper pommel that is either on or off (it cannot move up/down the shaft).

None: If there is no upper pommel that comes standard (there may or may not be options to buy separately).

Lower Pommel

Fixed: A lower pommel that is fixed in place (the angle cannot be changed nor can it be taken off).

Adjustable: A lower pommel that can change angle or location on the tool.

Removable: When the lower pommel can be removed but not adjusted.

None: If there is no lower pommel that comes standard (there may or may not be options to buy separately).

Upper Pommel: None
Lower Pommel: Fixed
Grip Size: 1 size fits all (not adjustable)
Materials ­Head: Aerospace Composite
Shaft: Carbon Composite
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Certification

Certifications

The main climbing gear certifications are CE and UIAA--and normally the UIAA creates the rules that the CE body also supports. When possible, we try to list all the certifications the product carries.

To sell a climbing product in Europe, the device must be CE certified. There are no official requirements to sell climbing gear in the US. The UIAA certification is a voluntary process.

Learn More

Rock and Ice Certifications Guide
CE, UIAA
Ice Pair Reference
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Climbing Gear Reviews UK no rating given just a review

In Alpine terrain the North Machines are superb, like any technical tool they are not going to compete or replace a classic piolet on easy snow or glacial terrain but they’ll get by. Once you hit more technical terrain they excel. Their well balanced swing and easy penetration reduced fatigue on route and their light weight helped make the approach sack less of a burden. They have already become my favourite alpine tools (and its not just because of the sexy black and yellow colour scheme!). With the Scottish winter season upon us I will update this review after using the North Machines in the Scottish hills and maybe some european cascades with a bit of luck. Whilst I don’t envisage using them on truly technical mixed routes it will be interesting to see how the carbon shafts withstand the rough and tumble of typical Scottish winter climbs.