User Review: Black Diamond Fusion
Price Paid: $250
This is going to be a bit of a comparison between the Petzl Nomic and the Fusion. I have been using both now for the last three years, these are my conclusions.
For pure steep ice I prefer the Nomic. It swings less like a battle ax (Fusion being the battle ax) and the pick sticks more securely but yet is easy to remove. BD has some catching up on with their pick tech. The Fusion alway seem to take more effort to get a solid stick, and when it's in it takes a bit to get the pick dislodged.
For mixed climbing I prefer the Green Fusions. They are very stable at hooking and the grip (for me) is easer to hold and more comfortable for susstained holding in very overhanging terrain. I like the ruberized grip up the shaft of the tool as well with the Fusions. I find after a season the grip tape on the Nomics tend to loosen and roll down and need replacing.
Now for ice climbing the old BD red Fusion are a really close second to the Nomics. If you find a deal on the old red style get them. I miss the pair I use to have.