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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
What do you think about this product?
December 18, 2019
What to say?
What to say when everything has already been said. Great tool for people getting into techy alpine endeavours. I have used it only a couple of times for playing in the Andes and loved it! I paired it with a BD Viper Ice tool (hammer) and this felt nicer right away. I will update once I get to know both tools better
August 23, 2019
A good compromise
The quark provides the best compromise between snow, ice, and drytooling performance that I have found. 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. The only time I really find myself wishing for another tool is on routes with big roofs, where I cannot get much (if any) weight on my feet, while pulling over the lip of a roof. For what it is worth, I don't really like the stock "ICE" pick for ice climbing. If you plan on using your tools primarily for 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.).
May 6, 2019
The new shape to the shaft adds a lot of comfort and control, and the folding rest on the bottom of the shaft is great when using these tools in piolet position.
December 29, 2018
Lean and Mean!
This tool kicks ass! I have climbed with Nomics for awhile- which I love-These feel just a tad less aggressive and lighter. So if you're climbing more verticcal ice than steep things- this tool has you covered. The slide grip is nice and makes even more versatile!
December 16, 2018
Best tool around
I've climbed with many ice tools, and this is my all-time favorite. Sure it doesn't have the drop handle, but until you're drytooling upside down on horizontal roofs, you don't need anything more! Super light tool with weight were it counts, gives a great swing every time.
November 2, 2018
Petzl Quark product video
Check out this video that outlines the features of the new Quark.
Brad Barlage - Ascension Sales