Quark Ergo


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Quark Ergo
Manufacturer Charlet Moser
Page By JScoles
Page Type Aug 22, 2003 / Aug 22, 2003
Object ID 169
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Intended for experienced ice climbers, the Ergo is one of the new generation of leash-free ice tools. It offers maximum freedom of movement and opens up whole new approaches to problems. The distinctively angled handle is tilted horizontally, offering a pull-up like effect for maximum power and minimum fatigue. A pommel above the hand position allows for matching while shaking out, or switching tools without the need for crossover strikes.

This is a high clearance tool for steep ice and mixed climbs. The reverse-curved Quark pick features a comparatively positive tip for aggressive penetration and secure hooking. It has bevelled teeth most of its length, and hooking teeth where the pick meets the shaft.

Hammer version only.
Aluminum, with steel components and rubber grip.
Ergonomic handle design with a grippy texture.
Quark pick is B-rated: not as strong as thicker, T-rated picks, but thinner for easier penetration and less ice displacement.
Not designed for use with a leash, although you can add one if you like!


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Erik Beeler - Nov 16, 2003 8:52 pm - Voted 5/5

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I used these tools for two days and really liked them. Great for mixed routes and over hanging ice as well as easier stuff. Being able to hang one tool on your shoulder and move to the side switching hands was really nice. I also was able to shake my hands out more often between moves. Of course you will have to because you have no leashes to hang on. The grip was good but will take some getting used to for those of you who have been climbing with leashes. The price is a bit high and I hope they come down when I am ready to buy a second pair tools. They had a very nice swing and went into the ice well and came out easy. Not being able to complain about them means five stars out of five.

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