I'll preface the five star rating by saying that I have never owned an off the shelf ice tool that performed this well without any modifications. I've owned or used most of the new generation leashless tools (Petzl Ergo, BD Fusion, Simond Scud/Coyote, Grivel Monster/X-Monster) and none have come close to the overall high performance of the Nomic.
Most of the tools listed above specialize in either ice climbing or mixed climbing, but the Nomic performs at the highest level for both ice and rock. It is rock solid on ice and the high clearance gets around the biggest ice features. For mixed climbing, it is incredibly stable, with next to no pick shift when you change between grips. I would highly recommend this tool.
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The intuitively designed Petzl Nomic Ice Tool helps you apply the dynamics of rock climbing to your ice or mixed project. An adjustable ergonomic handle accommodates multiple grips, and allows for easy switching of hands. Petzl made the Nomic with a modular head design and removable pick weights to help you achieve optimal axe balance and ice penetration. When necessary, you can equip this ice tool with a hammer. At just 605 grams, the Nomic offers a tried-and-true design and peak performance at times of vertical need.
The Petzl Nomic leashless ice tool allows climbers to ascend ice with the fluidity and freedom of rock climbing. The removable pick weights help to literally propel the pick in the ice. The ergonomic, adjustable grip can be held in multiple ways, opening up new possibilities, without the dreaded pick shift when switching positions. The included ASTRO pick was intricately designed for dry-tooling and hooking on a variety of formations, while still allowing for easy cleaning.
The Petzl Nomic is one of the best tools out there for ice and mixed climbing, and it has only gotten better for Fall 2010. A modular head lets you add hammers to your Petzl Nomics when you need to pound pins on an alpine climb and the bottom spike stabilizes the tool better when climbing moderate terrain. Comes equipped with a Petzl ICE Pick for easy sticks in cold ice and positive hooking on rock features. Recommended Uses: Vertical Ice Mixed CEN-T certified shaft Fully modular head that can use head weights or a hammer ICE Pick included Multiple grip options with minimal pick shift Serrated blade under the hand rest for better bite when plunging Length: 50 cm
The Petzl Nomic Ice Axe allows the entire rock climbing repertoire to be transferred to ice.