Grivel debuted the most climbing hardware of any brand at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show (see all the gear from the show on our gear roundup post). Grivel showcased two new ice tools, one new ice axe and updgraded their 360 ice screw.

New: 2 Ice Tools & 1 Axe

Watch the video at the top of this post to hear Peter McConkie clearly explain the differences between Grivel’s new Machine series tools.

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A moment of history: Grivel invented the first ice axe for vertical ice and called it the Machine. They’ve kept this name over the years as it represents their history. And, also unique to Grivel, all of their ice picks are hot-forged to increase durability.

1. Light Machine

Grivel The Light Machine Ice Axe

A technical ice axe made for the alpine. There is an easy-sliding pommel (the finger rest) that can be used at the base of the shaft when climbing vertical ice (the configuration in the picture above) or it can be slid to the top of the shaft to allow you to plunge on more mellow terrain. It also comes with a hammer for pounding pickets and a leash. Retail: $219.95

2. Tech Machine

Grivel Tech Machine Ice Tool

The most advanced of the new tools, the Tech Machine is primarily designed for steep ice climbing and dry-tooling. With its more aggressive pick angle and head clearance the Tech Machine is intended for those climbing WI4 and higher. The handle is made from vibration dampening dual density foam. The tool comes standard with a 3mm Ice pick and will also accept a 4.2mm Mixed pick. Retail: $249.95

3. Machine 3.0

Grivel Machine 3.0 Ice Tool

A tool that excels in the WI3-WI4 range, the Machine 3.0 is made from a solid piece of hot-forged aluminum for maximum durability and reduced vibration. Grivel was the first to implement multiple grip options on the shaft of their ice tools and the Machine 3.0 keeps this very handy feature. Like the Tech Machine, it comes with a 3mm Ice pick that can be swapped out for a 4.2mm Mixed pick. Unlike the Tech Machine, the pick is not as downturned which allows the tool to excel in vertical ice and slightly lower angle climbing (one could get by on WI2 with this tool where it would be extra challenging with the Tech Machine). Retail $299.95

Ice Screw Info Missing!

Info about Grivel’s 360 Ice Screws expanded and moved to:

Can’t wait for these to come on the market? Here’s the Grivel tools currently available:

If you’re curious about more gear that’s coming out in 2014, definitely check out our full blog post featuring all of the climbing gear we saw at the Winter Outdoor Trade Show.

Questions about any of Grivel’s ice gear? Let us know in the comments and we’ll get you answers!

Alison Dennis

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