Petzl Quark

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New design works even better.  Fully adjustable modular…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars

New design works even better.  Fully adjustable modular construction allows for a tool that works great in alpine, ice falls, snow.

The 3mm tapered pick head seems to always find its place in the ice with often the first strike.  Grips can be removed to plunge the snow better, if so desired. (550g) Has good clearance on steep ice to save you knuckles. 

Best ice tool I have ever used.


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The Petzl Quark is a versatile ice axe, which excels under the demands of technical mountaineering and ice climbing. The Quark's modular head construction adapts to nearly any situation. When stripped-down the Petzl Quark weighs in at only 460 g, making it one of the lightest technical tools on the market. CEN-T certified shaft Fits Ice and Dry picks Fully modular head that can use head weights, hammer, and/or an adze Without the removable hammer the Quark has an exceptional swing adapted to the coldest ice Movable (and removable) Trigrest lets you customize fit to match hands and guide the swing of the tool with your index finger Interchangeable tapered ice pick is tapered for easy penetration, even in cold ice; stable hooks both ice and rock. Ergonomic over-molded handle provides a good grip, even for small hands, and insulation from the cold Remove Griprest to use as a piolet; lower part of the shaft penetrates snow Carabiner hole under grip for clipping tethers Length: 50 cm Made in France

- OMCgear

Petzl gave the Quark Ice Tool a complete overhaul to make it one of the most versatile choices for taking on steep ice and alpine terrain. While the Quark has been a staple in the ice game for years, things can always be better. Petzl added a redesigned pick that can be used with a head weight for better penetration in bulletproof Alaskan blue or without a weight when you want to shave grams. This tool can still be used with a leash, but Petzl designed it with leashless use in mind and added an adjustable trigger for increased swing precision and an upper grip to let you match on steep ice. The new spike design easily accepts a tether, so you don't risk dropping your tool from 4,000 feet up some alpine wall. The Quark can be used with a hammer, adze, or no attachment at all. Either way, it's still much lighter than the previous version.


The Quark is a versatile ice axe designed primarily for technical mountaineering and for ice climbing Because of the heads modular construction it adapts to any situationThe Quark is easy to use its balance and its ICE pick allow solid placements on any type of ice Hooking is more efficient thanks to the clearance under the head and to the shape of the pick The Griprest and the Trigrest hand rest ensure a comfortable powerful grip adapted to leashless climbingStructure is entirely modular for adapting the ice axe to the activity and context Equipped with the Hammer the Trigrest hand rest and the Griprest the Quark is a versatile tool adapted to technical mountaineering and ice climbing an adze may also be added if necessary Equipped with Masselottes pick weights optional and without the Hammer the Quark has an exceptional swing adapted to the coldest ice It is ideal for ice climbing Without any accessories the Quark weighs only 460g making it an ultrahigh performance ice axe for snow couloirs for example Interchangeable Ice pick is tapered at the tip 3 mm for easy penetration even in cold ice Its shape allows stable hooking on both ice and rock Ergonomic overmolded handle provides a good grip even for small hands and insulation from the cold The lower part of the shaft penetrates snow perfectly when the ice axe is used in pioletcanne without the Griprest Carabiner hole under the Griprest The Trigrest hand rest braces the hand and the index finger easily adjustable without tools The upper part equipped with the grip allows the user to comfortably switch hands The lower trigger is used to brace the index finger to improve the stability of the ice axe and increase striking precision It also serves as the locking lever of the Trigrest