If you like working for your turns and need to pack small and light to get to your perfect pow spot, the Black Diamond Compactor Ski Pole works like a charm. With the push of a little release button, the pole folds down into three compact pieces that stay connected with a flexible cord, making it very easy to stow. It just as quickly locks back together with reinforcement at the joints and is easily adjustable with Black Diamond's secure FlickLock Pro clamp. Thanks to its simple and effective design, you can save your battles for the terrain at hand and focus on getting to the fun part.
|Claimed Weight:||[105-125 cm] 1 lb 6 oz, [115-135 cm] 1 lb 7 oz|
|Locking Mechanism:||FlickLock Pro|
|Recommended Use:||backcountry ski touring, splitboarding, snowshoeing|
|Black Diamond Compactor Poles||$89.96 - $129.95|
These are really great for splitboarding. I put mine to the test this past winter in the Wasatch and they did well. As advertised, they pack up small and neatly fit into my pack for the downhill. At the end of the day, I disconnect them and dangle them in my closet to let them fully dry out. Otherwise, they start to rust on the inside and become cruddy. The only complaint I have is when the release button gets cold and is stubborn to be pushed. This is especially annoying when it's cold and you have to take off your glove to press it. Luckily this doesn't happen too often.
All my friends are jealous, on how these go right into my bag (burton paradise 15L) With nothing sticking out. They collapse easy and unable to loose pieces as their all attached to each other. The strength of them as well is outstanding, they have never collapsed or bent while touring. I've had them for a year and not a issue. Though I don't have the new baskets they still pack up easy but did just order the new baskets so they clip into each other.