I've held the Petzl Nomics, BD Cobras, Reactors, and Fusions. In my opinion the Quark is weighted better and has a better feel in my hand then any of these tools. Granted I am not a pro nor do I climb mixed, but for steep ice the Quark delivers! It was my first full season on ice this year and I would say that this is an excellent stater tool that will carry you far into your climbing, whatever the mix. Next year I'm looking forward to using this full time out West!