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DMM Apex Hammer

Apex Hammer



My vote: None ( 5.5 avg )


A new, radically curved technical tool for hard icefalls and modern mixed climbing. The Apex is a superbly balanced precision tool ready to tackle steep ice, massive mountain routes and mixed test pieces. The curved shaft provides an ergonomic hand position and impressive clearance around bulging ice. Can be used with leashes in traditional climbing mode, but excels without leashes for the more modern approach. The new one piece T rated Ice and Mixed picks cover all bases.

Hot forged, ergonomic handle.
T Rated Integrity Construction.
Dual handrests for leashless climbing.
High clearance shaft.
Pick weights for bullet hard ice and customized balance.
Supplied with grip tape for handle / shaft customization.
Supplied with T Rated Ice picks as standard.
Mixed and Ice specific picks available separately. Compact Hammer, Compact Adze, Mountain Adze (Large).

Retail price

US$ 239.95

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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.

685 g / 24.16 oz­
Length (cm) 50 cm
Head Details Hammer (pair: Apex Adze )
2 Screw adjustment
Ice Rating Pick: T / Type 2
Shaft: T / Type 2
Picks Included with the tool:
Ice Hammer Pick
Other Picks Available:
Ice Adze Pick
Mixed Adze Pick
Mixed Hammer Pick
Mixed Mtn Adze Pick
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: Removeable
Lower Pommel: Removeable
Grip Size: 1 size fits all (not adjustable)
Materials Pick: Steel
Head: Steel
Shaft: 7075 Aluminum
Grip: Injection Molded Rubber


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
Ice Pair Reference
Picks it comes with
Interchangeable Picks
Ice Tool Acces. Ref
DMM Ice Tool and Ice Axe
Details of DMM Apex Ice Tool

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Alpinist Gear Review rating 4/5

Overall, I will be reaching for these tools for both guiding and personal climbing on moderate ice and mixed terrain. For upcoming alpine trips in bigger ranges, these will also be in my kit since they are more than capable of withstanding battering. For really steep ice and harder mixed terrain, I'll still reach for my Petzl Nomics, though, as the wrist-to-tool-head angle is more anatomically inline in overhanging terrain and causes me less strain.