Radical curves.

Radically curved to maximise clearance, it is the perfect partner for the most outrageous mixed, ice, and dry tooling routes around.

The Switch is instantly recognisable as a top end ice axe. An aggressively curved shaft gives optimal clearance for steep terrain. Both the shaft and pick are T rated, which along with the full strength handle and double riveted construction, means the Switch can stand up to the harshest treatment.

The handle is CNC'd from a solid block of aluminium to maximise ergonomics and make the Switch highly stable when hooking through thin terrain. Full strength upper and lower rests allow you to make use of the full range of modern mixed climbing techniques.


CNC machined handle for ergonomic grip and excellent stability

The Switch's handle is machined from a single block of aluminium. This creates a highly ergonomic and strong shape that maximises stability, and gives full strength upper and lower rests.

Dual handrests for leashless climbing

Dual handrests allow techniques such as matching, maximising the performance of these tools when leashless climbing on steep terrain.

Removable pick weights allow customisable balance

Picks feature removable weights that adjust the balance of the swing. Adding weights helps the pick cleanly strike hard ice, while removing them reduces weight for mixed climbing and dry tooling.

High clearance shaft maximises performance on steep terrain

The curved shaft of the axe creates clearance for reaching over bulges on ice and rock, allowing you to climb on steep ground more easily. It also reduces the angle of the handle when the axe is hooked on a feature, making climbing on steep terrain less tiring and more secure.

Full strength clip in point allows use of axe as an anchor

The clip in points on the base of the axe handle allow the axe to be used as an anchor. Inboard eyelets can be threaded with cord for attaching Freedom Leashes.

Supplied with Grippy Grip Tape for extra handle grip and insulation

Grip Tape lets you insulates the axe shaft, protecting you from hot aches and allowing more of the axe to be used as a hold.

Shaft and picks T rated for durability

DMM axes are T rated, making them tough enough for modern mixed climbing techniques.

Picks laser cut from steel for strength, and CNC'd for high performance in frozen turf and ice

Steel picks are strong and highly durable. They are laser cut, and then CNC machined for high performance on ice, frozen turf and rock.

Available with Mountain Adze for greater versatility on traditional terrain

The Switch and Apex are available with a full size adze for easier ice clearing and ledge chopping in mountainous terrain.

Interchangeable picks for improved performance on either ice or mixed terrain

The Switch and Apex are available with picks that maximise either performance on either ice or mixed terrain

Tech Specs

Product Name Product Code Colour Length Weight Certification
Switch Adze A0391 Red 50cm 684 g EN13089:2011+A1:2015 Type 2
Switch Hammer A0392 Red 50cm 676 g EN13089:2011+A1:2015 Type 2

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
High spec workhorse

Love these axes. They look and feel great to use, and are absolutely bombproof. Never had any bad feedback through the tool, torquing and just generally abusing it in Scottish mixed. They are slightly heavier than some of their competition, so on pure ice, it's a touch noticable. But for Scottish mixed, where you want a sturdy reliable tool. Then this is your weapon!