/ Which ice axe?
From what I gather,
Nomic = ice.
Fusion = mixed.
Apex = jack of trades
And not read much about Switch, but looks really good.
Looking for a tool mainly for Scottish mixed grade V and up. But also something for continental ice. And possibly for alpine routes (does that count out the 3 very aggressive ones) I have no alpine experience other than difficile etc.
Id quite like to stick to British with the Switch, but not been able to play with it. Really like the feel of the nomic out of yhe others, but tge fact its mainly an ice tool puts me off, with no adze for Scottish...
Thoughts and advice please.
Ive got medium hands, so hopefully should fit with gloves on. The more I see the more I like the switch.
I've used Nomics for Alpine and mixed without problem. I think Adzes are over-rated anyway. Seriously how often do people cut steps in this age? If my name was Jimmy Marshall maybe it would be an important issue. I've always managed to clear belay platforms using just crampons and axe picks. Plus an adze always has the small potential to take your front teeth out if it pops off a marginal hold in your face so I would rather it wasn't there (even if this is a bit of a schoolboy injury).
I've no experience with Apexes/Switches but I had a good try-out with Nomics and Fusions before finally settling on the former. Mainly because the Nomics seemed better at mixed than Fusions were for ice. Nomics are deadly on ice. Although people do make fun of how much they creek when fully loaded!
I think Trango made the same mistake with their Raptor tool.
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