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Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Quark

Manufacturer: Charlet Moser

Your Opinion: 
 - 16 Votes


Page By: marcminish

Created/Edited: Jul 23, 2002 / Jul 23, 2002

Object ID: 416

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  • Durable, forged blade tapers towards the point, and it's beveled teeth secures purchase on the first blow to reduce shatter
  • Dropped-nose, point hooks on the tiniest edge; teeth along the blade improve stability regardless of the ice depth
  • Ergonomic shaft is designed for climbing with or without a wristloop to optimize the reach of the tool
  • Easy-to-adjust Saf'Lock(TM) wristloop gives firm support while hanging from the tool; locking slider is easy to manipulate with mittens on
  • Additional bar-tacked loop on the leash allows a carabiner to be attached without interfering with the wristloop
  • Dual-density handle is easy to grip; forward-facing spur offers protection from the ice
  • Short spike on the end of the shaft reduces the risk of snagging while striking with the tool
  • Hex wrench (included) removes pick and adze components; replacement components sold separately



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marcminishUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

The best tool I have used. The bent-shaft is especially good when using the low dagger technique because it keeps your knuckles from banging into the ice. The components are easy to replace. Very comfortable and ergonomic swing. Relatively light weight.
Posted Jul 23, 2002 12:32 pm

Andy KennedyUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

Being one of the more popular tools on the market i felt duty bound to give it a swing in Scotland this season up on the Ben.

Although I didnt do a full route using this axe its qualities were obvious. It has a easy swinging action and is well balanced. I foung the pick penetrated well into hard ice and firm neve. It did take a bit of wrigling to take out though.

Good clearance on all parts of the shaft and comes with a comfortable and easily adjustable leash. Note that it is not too great for climbing trees!

Posted Apr 23, 2003 6:34 am

mountaindogUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

After swinging those heavy BD x-15s for a few years, these feel feather light. They swing well, efficient, and true. The rubber coating on the handles insulates well and the tool just seems to have a lot of ergonomic study behind it. Ice climbing became much more fun with these and they have served me well at places like Kandersteg and the Chamonix area.
Posted Feb 25, 2004 9:48 pm

NYC007Untitled Review

Voted 5/5

I have the new model with the grip rest and lower attachment point for my leashes. What to say about THE QUARKS, they swing great, they are light, the extra Quad pick is burly, they plundge well, torge well. I have yet to find something they dont do well. I have used them on hard water ice and alpine routes and wouldnt want to swing another tool. It is the do it all tool, great for leashless water ice to hard alpine routes.
Posted May 6, 2005 2:08 pm

RModelliUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Great tool , great swing, and solid shaft.

Swing with a wrist flick.

I reccommend them to anyone.
Posted Sep 18, 2005 11:07 pm

tommiUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Tested the last winter in a WI4 waterfall. Really great tools, very solid and perfect balanced.
Posted Jan 24, 2007 3:29 pm

SteamboatClimberNice tools

Hasn't voted

I enjoyed climbing on these tools. Solid sticks, great leashless tool. The only complaint I would have is the price.
Posted Jan 26, 2007 12:31 am

IceRavinesRock Solid Tool

Voted 5/5

Nothing fancy just a great solid ice climbing or dry tooling tool. I have abused them relentlessly on vertical and overhanging waterfalls. They can take on anything you throw at them..even dry-tooling in the dry seasons.I recommend them as a tool of choice for ice climbing.
Posted Mar 15, 2007 2:40 am

kovarpawhat a difference

Voted 5/5

from my old Pulsars... I borrowed these from a friend, climbed leashless for the first time and then bought a pair within two days. well worth the money, i just wish i could get out with them more....
Posted Mar 4, 2009 9:31 pm

juneauhikerGreat tools

Voted 5/5

These tools are worth every penny on ice.
Posted Jan 29, 2012 10:30 pm

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