The Grivel Light Machine is a racing weight ice axe which is designed with technical mountaineering, classic alpinism and general winter climbing in mind. The shaft has enough bend to give a bit of clearance, as well as a comfortable grip position, whilst still being sufficiently straight to allow plunging in soft snow.
The innovative 'Slider' grip rest gives enough support for leashless climbing and simply slides up to the head of the shaft for use in walking mode. The rubber handle is relatively narrow and should suit those with smaller hands. Attached to the slider is Grivel's popular springy lanyard and micro screw gate crab - note that these are NOT load bearing however.
Finally, the Light Machine comes equipped with Grivel's excellent Mix picks. These are T rated and ideally suited to general winter use (particularly in Britain where you will inevitably be hitting rock as well as ice!). Specific 'Ice' picks are also available for more dedicated water ice use. The picks are modular and can be fitted with either an adze or hammer, or neither.