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Quark Ice Tool

5 out of 5 stars
1 Review



Quark Ice Tool

The Petzl Quark Ice Tool has been redesigned, making it even more ready to take on steep ice and any alpine terrain you can throw its way. Petzl added a collapsible finger rest that folds up into the shaft for a lower profile, and locks via a button that can be easily operated, even with gloves on. The handle received a makeover, too, with the front and sides of the old model being flattened into a more rectangular shape that increases grip efficiency. It also boasts slightly more room, allowing you to keep your hand in a more natural position, reducing pump as you work hard on steep pitches.

The Quark's shaft received an update, too. It's now hydroformed into a three-dimensional shape that's slightly narrower in the front than in the back, allowing you to optimize your grip when moving up couloirs or other low-angle terrain. Additionally, the hole for clipper leashes has been removed, making the shaft stronger overall.

Petzl added a nylon plastic insert between the head and shaft of the Quark to strengthen the connection, which also makes the head slightly lighter. You can add any of Petzl's head accessories to the new Quark, and use it with most of Petzl's heads for added versatility on whatever terrain you're going for.


  • Versatile tool for technical mountaineering and steep ice
  • Handle shape increases grip efficiency for less fatigue
  • Hydroformed shaft offers optimal grip on lower-angle terrain
  • Tapered pick works well in a variety of conditions
  • Compatible with pick weights for extra penetration on hard ice
  • Low-profile head features either a hammer or an adze
  • Can be used with Petzl's Pur'Ice, Ice, Dry, and Pur'Dry picks
  • Item #PTZ008A
Aluminum, steel, glass fiber reinforced plastic
[shaft] 19.7in
Leash Included
Claimed Weight
1lb 3oz
Manufacturer Warranty
3 year

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5 based on 1 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

June 17, 2020

Good for mixed alpine terrain

I've put it through the wringer

The quark is a unique compromise of snow, ice, and drytooling performance. Relative to other tools that have similar geometries, the standout features are the folding grip rest and the stability, when using the upper grip position (on the Trigrest). The folding grip rest makes plunging on big snowfields more efficient. The downturned pick and low Trigrest minimizes pickshift when switching between the lower and upper grip. There are other tools that are better optimized for: snow climbing, ice climbing, and drytooling. However, the Quark does all of these well in the stock configuration and the modularity allows you to optimize the tool configuration for whatever combination of snow, ice, and rock you expect to find on your chosen route. For what it is worth, I don't really like the stock "ICE" pick for pure waterfall ice climbing. Despite the name, the stock pick is more optimized for alpine mixed use on snow, ice, and rock. If you plan on using your tools primarily for waterfall ice climbing, I would suggest either buying the Petzl "PUR'ICE" picks or buying another ice tool that has a more open pick angle (X-All Mountain, Viper, North Machine, etc.).

Karl H