The Tech Machine
- Selling Price
- Range of use
- Classic and Technical Alpinism
- Modern Mixed & Dry Tooling
- Perfect Use
- Ice Falls & Scottish Mixed
- Perfect Use
- Chromoly Steel
- Reverse positive
If you want a technical, leashless axe for alpine, hard Scottish mixed or steep ice climbing, then The Tech Machine is axe to choose.
The Tech Machine is strong, with a T tested shaft and blade, and light weight. It comes with the Grivels new Ice blade which is tapered (3mm at the point) for excellent penetration, even in brittle ice, yet is strong enough to see you through any tough mixed sections or even a dry tooling session or two. If mixed climbing is your thing, then the optional Mix blade (4.2mm) is available as a direct replacement as well as a hammer and an adze.
The new handle is very comfortable to use over long periods, it's well insulated and includes a spike on the base which is use full for topping out and for use on approach but you can also attach your spring leash to them to keep your tools secure.
The balance of The Tech Machine is quite neutral, rather than being head heavy, which makes it a great all-round technical tool but this can be adapted with the adition of the optional hammer (Mix pick required), making the balance a bit more top heavy meaning a more effiecient place on longer routes and ice that's hard to penetrate