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Ergonomic Ice Tool
A hybrid of Petzl's Ergo and Nomic tools, the Ergonomic Ice Tool is designed to tackle steep ice and dry tooling. Its hydroformed shaft is wider in the back and narrower in the front, creating a more efficient high grip, but the Ergonomic's handle is really what makes it the steep-terrain-craving machine it is. Featuring a larger grip, the handle's increased surface area keeps your hand in a relaxed position, helping to fend off pump and conserve energy as you move up steep routes.
The tool comes with Petzl's Dry pick for maximum versatility on rock, snow, and ice, and the lightweight Mini Marteau hammer to protect the head when you need to hammer in pitons or clear lose rock. You can also use the Ergonomic with the Ice, Pur'Ice, and Pur'Dry picks, and all of Petzl's tool accessories for ultimate customization to best suit whatever terrain you'll be moving through.
- Aggressive axe for steep ice and dry tooling
- Angled handle offers increased power when pulling
- Large grip keeps hand in a more open, relaxed position
- Hydroformed shaft makes high grip more efficient
- Dry pick performs well on rock, snow, or ice
- Minimalist hammer protects head
- Modular design can be easily customized to best suit terrain
- Compatible with Ice, Pur'Ice, and Pur'Dry picks
- Item #PTZ007R
What do you think about this product?
August 23, 2019
It works as advertised, and is probably one of the better tools currently available for overhanging mixed routes. The angle of the lower handle is great for allowing a neutral wrist position, when pulling around bulges / roofs or when cutting feet. While the angle of the handle makes the wrist position comfortable, the rectangular shape of the lower handle is not comfortable for the fingers (when using thin gloves) . The secondary grip is more comfortable than the secondary grip on the X-Dream or Reactor, as the lower handle doesn't interfere, as much. The standout feature is stability, when hooking insecure edges. Pick shift between the first and second grip position is relatively small, when hooking. The tool also swings into ice well enough. I also really like the wedge shaped pick weights for climbing cracks and unconsolidated / chandelier ice, which is a feature that is not available on stock Black Diamond or Grivel tools. There are only two issues that stop me from giving this a 5th star: (1) The relatively sharp edges of the lower handle create pressure points that cause pain and occasionally cut off blood flow to my finger tips, when wearing thinner gloves. I have not experienced this problem when wearing thicker gloves or when using other tools that have a more rounded handle. This is probably not an issue that will affect everyone, but I am not the only one that has experienced this problem. I have somewhat mitigated this issue by modifying the shape of the grip with foam tape and an overwrap, but it is not ideal. (2) There are no great options for attaching tethers to this tool. Attaching tethers to the pommel could break the pommel, if you take a tether fall directly on the pommel. There are no other locations where you could conveniently attach a tether.
November 2, 2018
Petzl ERGONOMIC Ice Tool video
Petzl ERGONOMIC Ice Tool
Brad Barlage - Ascension Sales