North Machine Hammer
The Aluminum North Machine is a lightweight technical tool designed with the most ambitious alpinist in mind. The aluminum T rated shaft is designed for climbing north faces where ice and mixed terrain are found. The Aluminum North Machine is delivered with either the Ice Plus blade or Cascade Plus blade, with a hammer or adz option. Or it can be purchased with the Ice blade or Cascade Plus without hammer or adz option.
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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.
|585 g / 20.64 oz|
|Length (cm)||47 cm|
|Head Details|| Hammer (pair: North Machine Adze
2 Screw adjustment
|Ice Rating|| |
Shaft: T / Type 2
|Picks|| Included with the tool: |
Ice Plus Blade
Other Picks Available:
|Pommel & Grip|
Pommel & Grip
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).
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: Chromoly Steel|
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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.
If you want a bomber all around ice tool that can serve you well cragging at the ice park as well as climbing mixed routes high in the alpine, this is the tool for you. Its low weight makes it a dream for long approaches to routes in the backcountry and allows you to fight off the pump you get from swinging heavy tools repeatedly. I would give these tools a 4.5/5. The only reason it didn’t get a full five is the lack of a spike on the end of the shaft for plunging.