|By Dave Cummings |
From Grand Junction, CO
Jan 24, 2013
So I saw this on BD's website yesterday and was curious about how well these work work on the Fusion's. I had a nice day trip down to Ouray today and Ouray Mountain Sports happened to have them in stock so I said what the hell I'll try them out.
These new Fusion Ice Picks have a 2 degree less pick angle than the standard Fusion Pick. It was obvious right away that Black Diamond designed a pick to climb ice with the Fusion and do it really really well. My climbing partner had a pair of Nomics so I was able to do a side by side comparison.
I have to say that the new Fusion Ice Pick is nothing short of AMAZING! My Fusions were climbing ice with the same ease as climbing with a pair of Nomics. Every stick was so easy and it was very obvious that Black Diamond did a good job designed a pick specifically for climbing ice with the Fusions.
The Nomic does have the pick weight that can be removed so the Nomic has more options as well as a slightly different swing than the Fusion but I have to say that the Fusion with the Fusion Ice Pick is a direct competition for the Nomic for ice climbing. I was able to climb ice with the same ease as any modern ice tool. All Fusion owners will be super psyched to put a pair of these on and get some longs days of pure ice with them.
Thanks to Black Diamond for hitting the nail right on the head with these new picks!!!!!!