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Petzl Nomic Ice Tool

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    Light feels right.

    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.
    • Item #PTZ0319

    Tech Specs

    Length
    50 cm
    Rating
    T-rated
    Leash Included
    no
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 5.3 oz
    Recommended Use
    ice climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

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    One of the top tools

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used a range of tools from Grivel, Petzl, CAMP USA and Black Diamond. After using all those tools, my second favorite set were my Nomics. My favorite tools are my CAMP USA X-Dreams.



    If you've got questions about these tools or want to chat about ice climbing set ups, feel free to reach out. I'd be happy to help out.



    Everything from how well the picks drove into the ice to cleaning them after a stick, these were really awesome. The multiple options for hand placements make this a really nice tool for vertical ice.



    The main reason I put these as second best to my CAMP USA x-Dreams is that the angle of the handle on the X-Dreams is better for reducing fatgiue and the pick angles are a bit better (in my opinion) for driving into the ice and cleaning after a solid stick.



    If you've got questions about these or want to chat about other tools/ice climbing gear, feel free to reach out!



    PC: Dan Gates

    One of the top tools

    Awesomeness

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Since the Nomic first came out circa 2008 I have had the opportunity to use this incredible piece of engineering; from huge alpine climbs in AK, China, Kyrgyztan and the Peruvian Andes to very classic water fall ice climbs in the alps and the US.
    I also have used these tools in multiple ice competitions, really hard mixed climbs and drytool routes.
    Personally I can highly recommend them!! The way they swing into the ice, on different angles and different surface hardness make this tool the weapon of choice. Doesn't matter if you are beginner, intermediate or advance ice and/or mixed climber.
    Petzl really thought about every single detail from the handle where you can change it from S/M/L hand sizes to the head of the tool where you can add or subtract weight. You can also add a hammer and a axe if you are going to play in the mountains where pitons and chopping ledges maybe in order for the day.
    The only thing that is not super obvious on the tool is where to put the little cord in order to connect them with Alpine (bungee) leashes. This is located where the bottom trigger is. Once you inspect the different sizes and how to adjust that, you will easily find it.

    All and all a superb tool. Honestly, I have tried many many other tools from different manufactures and the Nomic is by far the best.
    Thanks Petzl for making such a great ice axe!!

    Where have you been all my life

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Ive only been on these tools about 7 times so far, but theres no turning back. The angle of them is much better for vertical ice and dry tooling. I had some old Quarks before this and those are def loaner tools now.

    The benchmark for a modern ice tool

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Nomic does it all: steep ice, overhanging mixed, moderate alpine...you name it. In my humble opinion, the best that any other tool on the market does is merely a great imitation of the Nomic.

    While the Nomic is amazing out of the box, with an unparalleled balance, it also offers great customization, with the ability to add a hammer or adze, as well as remove the pick weights.

    There are many other ice tools with great numbers or stats, but once you get a Nomic in your hand and swing it in the ice or hook it on rock you will feel the difference. The only problem is that there's no going back after that.

    Photo: Skylight on Camp Bird Road, Ouray, CO

    The benchmark for a modern ice tool

    Easiest way to cheat on ice

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I started ice climbing on a pair of quarks (and some borrowed CAMP somethings), and was generally happy with them. I managed to pull down routes, and have a good time. Then, I got on a pair of nomics, and life just got easier. something about them makes good sticks almost effortless, and I feel much more confident now. I immediately bought a pair, and the ice immediately all came down, so they sit in my gear stash, used only once, waiting for the ice to appear once more. (or maybe they'll get some love this alpine season)

    The ONE

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I was up in the air for a few months trying to decide between these and the cobra and Im glad I chose these. Very fluid and well balanced swing. They climb as good on steep ice as they do on mixed, which is bad A$$

    The ONE

    The best PERIOD

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    When I started climbing steeper ice and mixed alpine routes I felt my Quarks were good but I wanted a more specific tool. I had tested the Nomic's before (first generation without metal teeth at the end) and was blown away at the ease of the throw and ability to stick on the steeps. Almost to good in the beginning as I was throwing a little to hard and getting very deep sticks. I just needed to adjust my throw and flick my wrist a little later than my Quarks. So without saying I picked up a set. Things I love about these tools are: You can adjust the handle to hand size/glove size. On technical routes where i wear thinner gloves I can adjust the grip smaller and for cold -10F days in NH I can adjust them larger to accommodate larger gloves. The spike bottom handle is more useful than I originally thought. When scrambling through rock gardens or ice covered rock traverses they proved to be much appreciated. The trigger rest is bomber and is the perfect size with perfect placement on the axe. I have never smashed my knuckles on odd angled ice. The grip tape is helpful and was happy its already on the axe vs buying it separately. It remains its grip when cold or wet, it is also helpful when doing steep snow approaches at keeping your hands a little warmer as you are not on metal. I have done a couple of long mixed routes and this axes are awesome on rock! I have placed this things in some tight cracks and probably torqued them a little more than I would have liked but never had a concern with the picks breaking or the tool itself not being able to handle it. The hole at the end and top of the axe are the perfect size and can fit locker biners easy. On a sketchy top out of a route where the ice was too aerated for a screw i plunged both of these tools in and belayed the follower up. At no point did i think these were not strong enough to hold. These are hands down the best tools on the market. I find myself using these on alpine routes more often than my new Quarks.

    New favorite all-around ice/mixed tool

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I finally got my hands on a pair of Nomics this season and absolutely love them on both ice and mixed. I knew I'd like them on mixed terrain, but was pleasantly surprised with the swing and feel on ice. The added features of the new Nomics make them great for most any application. They now have tether attachments and easily accept a Quark hammer, meaning I don't hesitate to take them into the mountains. I held onto my Cobras all season but just sold them since I can't think of when I would grab them over my Nomics.

    Best ice tool on the market!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used this tool for about 6 years and it simply is the best ice tool out there. Sure, there are a lot of high end tools on the market and I have used nearly all of them. Yes, the BD cobra is awesome on ice, the Grivel Quantum is a great alpine tool, the Master Carbon is a mixed machine... However, overall when you consider ice, mixed and alpine this tool can do it all better than anything out there - in one tool! So, rather than buy 4 sets of tools buy this one and use the money you save to take a climbing trip! The only place it shows a little weakness is lower angle ice - no surprise there considering the shape and what it is designed to climb. If you climbing lends itself to easy ice climbs and more alpine focused climbing buy a set of Quarks. For the quality and versatility I don't think there you can do better then the Petzl ice tools

    Great tool, superb balance

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Excellent tool for striking ice and getting a good stick. While dry tooling, I thought I'd hate them, but if you stay low and work up them, they're pretty dynamite. That being said, I love the secondary rest. I am more apt to hold the tool there, than at the original handle, which sometimes leads to some scrambling or bad sticks when i swing them at a suboptimal angle.

    My major complaint is that the ergo arch in them makes climbing up the shaft difficult. Beyond the taped section, you're likely to pull the tool out. I'm finding that anything less than a reallly good stick gets considerably less secure once my hand travels up the shaft past the tape. This is unfortunate because I try to climb the tool as much as possible.

    Note that in mixed climbing this is less of a problem, but in ice, it seem the pic can shear out.



    Swings like a champ!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Full disclosure: I'm a total petzl-tool fanboy. I've climbed in the Ergo's, Quark's, and Nomics, and I love them all. I currently own a pair of Nomics and Quarks, and I probably put just about equal time on both sets of tools. I can't quite decide which tool I like better , but I think the Nomic is an incredible tool.



    For the first time ice-tool buyer, it's important to keep in mind that most of what you'll hear from reviewers (like myself) is a combination of experience, hype, and preference. I climb with a guy who swears by his BD Vipers, but you honestly could not pay me enough to climb in them--clunky, annoying, and non-ergonomic..the petzl tools, especially with the head weights attached, are the absolute best tool in my mind for my swing style, personal preference, and climbing areas.



    If you, like me, prefer a tool that is precise over heavy-handed, ergonomic over straight-shafted, keep reading. The Nomic is a great all around tool, but I find myself reaching for my Quark's on easier ice and alpine jaunts, and my Nomic's on harder ice. The tool has a great balance and flick to it, and with a little bit of detuning, the Ice picks stick super well, and clean easily too. I wish that the handle in the hole was a little lower so as to provide a clip-in point (either at anchors or for umbilicals), but I have found that I can extend that hole down a bit with a small loop of 9/16's webbing. I also like to wrap the shaft with 3M Waterproof Electrician's tape, to allow for effortless matching and choking. You'll never be plunging with these tools, so no reason to leave that shaft naked.



    The ergo handle puts your wrist in a much more neutral position for steep climbing, leading to less fatigue and easier swinging--I like it a lot, but I don't care for the swing of the Nomic on easier ice--as previously mentioned, I tend to reach for my Quarks first in situations where I anticipate rampy ice.



    Overall, this is a great tool! 4.5 stars!

    Is it possible to get the older style Nomic that uses the clipper style leash? Can these be shipped o/s? How long does the 20% off sale last?