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Quark M and P

Average Rating = 4.64/5 Average Rating : 4.64 out of 5
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High performance leashed ice axe for ice climbing, the M model is equipped with a hammer, the P model with an adze. both share the same bent handle and are purchased with the chosen head, however the heads are interchangeable and available separately.

A technical axe for ice and mixed route climbing with a high level of difficulty.- Wide adze for placement in hard snow and clearing ice formations.

  • Placement made easy due to excellent clearance (ice formations and mantles).

  • Good swinging performance, even with a straight arm:
    • minimum mass around the rotation point (handle), maximum around the head of the axe,
    • small sized spike helps prevent snagging whilst swinging.

  • Placement efficiency:
    • forged pick, thinner at the tip, to prevent ice shattering,
    • steep angled first tooth for thin ice and small edges,
    • good stability whilst placing and hooking due to the teeth distribution.

  • Easy removal even with deep placements due to the bevelled teeth.

  • A wide adze for chopping hard snow and clearing ice formations.

Technical specifications :
Equipped with CASCADE pick.
Interchangeable pick.
Comes with CLIPPER leash.
645 g.
Shaft type T.
50 cm.
Color: grey shaft, orange grip

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Quark 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: go_dyno, 2007-02-15

I loved these tools. I spent eternity debating between these and the Vipers. Both swing so well. The weird thing was I prefer the feel of the Quark's grip over the Viper for comfort, but the Viper's shaped grip I believe allows for slightly more accurate swing placement. If I could have both I would, but I went with the Vipers.

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: griffin, 2006-08-13

The best all around tool. Craggin they will take on any water ice route I can think of. Without the leashes they feel secure on all but the most difficult mixed routes. I like 'em well enough for alpine, but they shine best on Grade 4/5 ice. They're the one tool for me. (Until my nomics get here)

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: climbxclimb, 2006-07-12

Just one thing...Using these tools pushed my leading limits in a matter of two session of climbing...
They are truly the best around!

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: iceravines, 2006-03-02

Excellent tool and seems to be the tool of choice by many ice climbers. It has a great feel when punched into the ice and positive sticks when used lightly! I have used this in mixed climbs and was surprised at how well it held. Comforable even when leashless.

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: vw4ever, 2006-02-08

Great ice tool, on WI or in the alpine. Yes, they do plunge well, as long as the snow isn't too hard.

Lots of clearance for getting around bulges, and for getting into good ice back in corners. Hooks great. The swing is a no-brainer; easy to get good at, although the attachable griprest for leashless climbing seems to affect my swing a bit. If it seems to not fit your swing well, try hooking down at the end of the swing; it'll fix the problem.

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