/ pick weights for new quark
Climbing water ice last year I preferred my flys-with-handrests to his out of the box new version Quarks. They just felt poorly balanced and like they could do with some more weight on the head. YMMV, but several other people I was with found the same.
> Climbing water ice last year I preferred my flys-with-handrests to his out of the box new version Quarks. They just felt poorly balanced and like they could do with some more weight on the head. YMMV, but several other people I was with found the same.
You must be mad.
The pick weights do however improve the feel of the tools a bit but really only if you're swinging (which I don't see why you would really at normal venues)
Flies are excellent ice tools so I don't doubt his faith in them. Very under-rated. I've no experience of the new Quarks but the old ones were impressive.
I climbed water ice for 5 days last week with new Quarks. Petzl hammers on both of them, standard Ice picks (T-rated) and no weights. They felt great and it wasn't hard to get good placements even on reasonably hard ice.
I tried my guide's (old) Nomics with pick weights for a pitch and actually preferred my Quarks, but I may just have not had enough time to get used to them. The balance was way different (obviously). I'm tempted to try weights on the Quarks, though, and see what happens. Expensive mistake if I hate it though!
Admittedly with nomics:
I have a hammer on one, weights on both, and found the hammer-minus-weight set up much less effective.
The hammer + weight and weight-only tools work quite differently.
Id lose the hammer if i didnt use it so much.
It is a Nomic head. No hammer or adze and adding the pick weights work well in most any water ice condition.
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