North aspects generally is a little tricky all through winter because of avalanche concerns and melting ice, but in spring, they are the last chance you get at enjoying mercury before summer takes its toll. Despite the fact that they are you’re last chance before the ice-hiatus, summertime ascents can bring a slew of problems on their own, but Salewa’s North-X Hammer Ice Axe seems to handle those problems for you. Designed for technical hiking, the North-X handles unexpected, icy situations on steep terrain with sophisticated elegance. Its hot-forged steel pick has a twenty degree offset angle to balance swing action and precise placements on all types of rock and ice, and the insulated maintain works with the included leash to keep you in a position for warm descents back to the car.
Material: [shaft] 7075 aluminum [pick] hot-forged steel [tip] steel
Leash Included: yes
Claimed Weight: 1lb 3oz
Advisable Use: hiking
Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years