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 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.
Designed for vertical pursuits on rock and ice, the Petzl Nomic ice tool is easily adapted for dry tooling and ice climbing. Modular head lets you adapt the axe to the activity and conditions; add a hammer for placing pitons, or swap out the pick for a different one (accessories not included). Axe comes with a type T Petzl Ice pick and 2 removable Masselottes pick weights that balance the axe and help you drive the pick into ice for solid purchase. Remove the pick weights to lighten the axe up significantly for dry tooling. Ice pick is tapered at the tip for easy penetration, even in cold ice; pick shape allows hooking on both ice and rock. Griptape on the upper handle enhances grip and thermal insulation when matching with a second hand on the shaft or choking up. Over-molded handle offers multiple grip options; length of the handle can be adjusted to fit the size of your hand and glove. The Petzl Nomic ice tool has a type T shaft.