Grivel was kind enough to loan me a Machine 3.0 recently. Fun to speculate on this one.
I'll let these two pictures from today tease you just as they have me. Give me a few days yet and I'll have something written up about them. To date I only bothered to write up a very few loaners. This will be the first tool in that category.
I've not been a big fan of any of the Grivel's ice tools. And admittedly I may have been missing more than I was willing to admit. A number of knowledgeable friends are BIG Grivel fans. I was curious enough about this particular tool that I was willing to buy a pair from a photo over 6 months ago now. Sad, because at the moment you can't buy a single tool, let alone a a pair, yet.
Disappointing, as this one will go back to Courmayeur this week.
Shown are the resulting hand/grip angles pulling from vertical to a horizontal terrain so commonly the crux on steep ice. Left to right, original Quark, original Nomic and the new Grivel, Machine 3.0