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What's the weight difference between this...
What's the weight difference between this and the Mini Marteau? http://www.backcountry.com/petzl-mini-marteau-lightweight-hammer-for-quark-nomic-ergo?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6cGV0emwgaGFtbWVyOjE6MjpwZXR6bCBoYW1tZXI
The mini boasts a 7 oz. weight. This has to be 10 or more to be a marketable difference?
Unfortunately, the Mini Marteau that we currently have pictured is incorrect--we will fix that image shortly. The biggest difference between the standard hammer and the mini is that the mini is very low profile, and does not affect the swing of the ice tool by making it too "top/back heavy". I've climbed on both the normal and the mini hammer, and I MUCH prefer the mini hammer--I actually think that it improves the quality of the swing, where as the standard hammer makes it much more awkward.
Rad. Thanks for the beta Thomas. This is better than strictly weight would've been anyway.
Now the question remains, "is it critical?" If I'm not using pitons, i can't quite envision a time when the pick or the head won't suffice for banging away at the ice.
The hammer when used with the Nomics adds too much rear head weight to the tools, for practical use. Though the large surface area is great for hammering, you need decide how many pitons are you really going to hammer to necessitate the bulk and weight of this add-on. If a hammer is necessary, consider a more specific alpine tool, such as the Black Diamond Cobra.