Seattle Manufacturing Corporation (SMC) introduces new Kobah Ice axe series. Kobah is the Skagit natives word for Mt Baker, SMC’s favorite place for inspiration and equipment testing.
For the new Kobah series, SMC upgraded their original patented head-isolation design, reducing added shock to the arm and minimizing cold conduction from handle to hand, without sacrificing durability and has also introduced a new Bonded Head on the Pro axes. All come with newly redesigned heads.
Kobah Series includes three new styles, all Made in the USA.
• Kobah Classic: High value with high function. Designed for newcomers and occasional users looking for great value and durability at a super price, Lightweight, comfortable, and durable – a great all-around axe. “B” rated.
• Kobah Speed: Built for more experienced or backcountry users, this super lightweight axe features incredible durability with a long lasting Chromoly head. “B” rated.
• Kobah Pro: is for serious climbers and those climbing on ice: those who need the best. The only semi-technical axe with interchangeable heads and a removable new “Giddy up” pinky Saddle, the lightweight Kobah Pro stands alone in this price category. “T” rated.
“SMC was the first to patent the idea of isolating the head from the shaft of the ice axes for more comfort, less shock, more warmth, and better feel. This came about when the shift came from wood handles to aluminum. SMC saw that a way to get that feel of wood back, that a change was needed.” said Evan Wert, Global Director of Sales and Marketing at SMC. “we’re continuing that tradition of high quality and innovation with our new Kobah series. We also are proud to design, test and build everything right here in Washington state.”
As with all SMC gear, the Kobah ice axes series is rigorously tested to be sure that customers can focus on the experience and not the equipment. SMC gear has been used from the top of Everest to some of the deepest caves on the planet.
Founded in 1967, the SMC brand is synonymous with product quality, technical expertise and the company’s long-standing commitment to insuring the safety of people using gear made by SMC. For more information on SMC and the company’s products visit or call 800-426-6251.