John N.wrote a review of Petzl Nomic Ice Tool on August 31, 2014
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.