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Petzl Ergonomic Ice Tool
  • Petzl Ergonomic Ice Tool
  • Petzl Ergonomic Ice Tool Head
  • Petzl Ergonomic Ice Tool Bottom



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High-end ice climbing and dry tooling axes

The ERGONOMIC ice axe is designed for steep ice and for dry tooling. The sharp angle of the handle is ideal for prolonged hanging and increases power when pulling. The double handle offers multiple grip modes and stable hand switching. At home on rock or ice, the DRY pick optimizes inverted positions and the weights facilitate slotting of the pick in cracks. Featuring a minimalist hammer, the head is protected and allows the user to hammer a piton back in. It is entirely modular and can be configured for the requirements at hand.


  • Comfortable grip, designed for highly technical climbing: 
    - multiple grip modes and stable hand switching, thanks to the double handle (high and low) 
    - lower handle is sharply angled for more comfort when hanging and more power for extremely difficult sections. The shape allows open-handed grip, limiting fatigue and optimizing rests
    - upper handle is over-molded and bi-material, offering excellent grip and insulation from the cold
    - hydroformed shaft for optimal grip in the middle of the shaft
  • Efficient placement, hooking and wedging on any terrain: 
    - perfect shape and balance of the ice axe provide an exceptional swing 
    - facilitated hooking, thanks to the curve under the head
    - DRY pick is tapered at the tip (3.3 mm) and versatile across all terrain: rock, snow and ice. The 4 mm thickness of the pick makes it stronger when slotted and torqued. The serrated edge stabilizes inverted positions 
    - inertia and striking quality are improved, thanks to the MASSELOTTE weights
    - the shape of the weights is optimized for slotting the pick in cracks
  • Modular construction:
    - entirely modular head allows the technical aspects of the ice axe to be adjusted
    - compatible with Petzl accessories: ICE, PUR'ICE, PUR'DRY, PANNE, MARTEAU 
    - sold with MINI MARTEAU, to protect the head and allow the user to hammer a piton back in 
    - without accessories, the ice axe is lighter, for dry tooling (only 550 g) 
    - GRIPREST ERGONOMIC handrest is over-molded and adjustable to three positions, to adapt to all hand sizes, even while wearing gloves. The absence of a steel point on the lower part gives better protection if the axe comes out of position

Retail price

US$ 369.95

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Weight (g / oz)

Weight (g / oz)

In grams and ounces, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.

The weight is the packaged weight. If there are differences in weight (due to optional accessories) we'll note them here.

635 g / 22.39 oz­
Length (cm) 50 cm
Head Details Hammer­
2 Screw adjustment
Ice Rating Pick: T / Type 2
Shaft: T / Type 2
Picks Included with the tool:
Other Picks Available:
Pommel & Grip

Pommel & Grip

Upper Pommel

Fixed: An upper pommel that is fixed in place (it cannot move up/down the shaft nor can it be taken off).

Adjustable: An upper pommel that can move up and down the shaft.

Removable & Adjustable: An upper pommel that is completely removable and also adjustable.

Removeable: An upper pommel that is either on or off (it cannot move up/down the shaft).

None: If there is no upper pommel that comes standard (there may or may not be options to buy separately).

Lower Pommel

Fixed: A lower pommel that is fixed in place (the angle cannot be changed nor can it be taken off).

Adjustable: A lower pommel that can change angle or location on the tool.

Removable: When the lower pommel can be removed but not adjusted.

None: If there is no lower pommel that comes standard (there may or may not be options to buy separately).

Upper Pommel: Fixed
Lower Pommel: Removable & adjustable
Grip Size: Adjustable
Materials Pick: Steel
Head: Steel
Shaft: Aluminum
Grip: Glass fiber reinforced plastic


The main climbing gear certifications are CE and UIAA--and normally the UIAA creates the rules that the CE body also supports. When possible, we try to list all the certifications the product carries.

To sell a climbing product in Europe, the device must be CE certified. There are no official requirements to sell climbing gear in the US. The UIAA certification is a voluntary process.

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The Alpine Start Gear Review no rating given just a review

I absolutely love my Ergos, but I spend a lot of time on steep drytooling routes, as well as having the luxury of multiple sets of tools in my gear closet. It’s hard to justify so much money for tools that may not get used on a regular basis, especially when the Nomic is a better all-around tool, and only gives up a bit of ground on overhanging terrain. But if you want a dedicated pair of tools for steep ice and overhanging rock, I can’t think of a better choice than the Ergonomic. They are absolutely phenomenal.

UK Climbing Gear Review no rating given just a review

We first got to handle Petzl's new top-end ice tools at the ISPO show in January 2018. They looked exciting; but there's only so much you can tell in an exhibition hall, and to really judge an axe you have to climb with it - a lot. Well as winters go, this one has not been the best to test ice axes, with conditions coming and going all season. Having the new NOMICS and ERGONOMICS sitting near my desk has been a frustrating business; however we've managed to get out enough to have a good idea of how they climb.

2018 Petzl Quark, Nomic, Ergonomic Review by Anne Gilbert Chase
Conrad Anker Reviews: 2018 Petzl Quark, Nomic, Ergonomic
Details of Petzl Quark, Nomic, Ergonomic 2018 Ice Tools