Black Diamond Traverse Ski Pole:
Our classic workhorse adjustable pole, the Black Diamond Traverse features an all-aluminum construction to handle the beating dealt by day-in and day-out backcountry touring. Our FlickLock® Pro adjustability offers dramatically improved clamping force in a low-profile design, and the pole's Touring Series grip and strap provide lightweight, ergonomic comfort.
Series : Touring Series.
Weight Per Pair :
[95-145 cm] 585 g, 1 lb 5 oz.
[105-155 cm] 600 g, 1 lb 5 oz.
Usable Length :
95-145 cm; 37-57 in.
105-155 cm; 41-61 in
Black Diamond's trusted Traverse Ski Pole is still the go-to workhorse for backcountry ski touring, but now it has a more secure FlipLock Pro length adjustment system. Large baskets and lightweight materials keep you moving quick through deep snow, and Black Diamond even designed a grip specifically for the gram-counters to keep things light.
I've owned Black Diamond Traverse's for a number of years, and was well pleased. And with the changes they made last year - secondary grip below the main grip, better flick lock opening - I am even more pleased.
The secondary pole grips are great for allowing you to choke down on the pole when boot packing up a steep ridge, chute, etc, or traversing a steep side hill, while negating the need to shorten the entire pole. I personally find this to be very convenient.
As for the improved flick lock, in comparison to previous years, the flick lock doesn't go from closed to completely open, which makes dialing in the pole length a little more difficult. There is now an intermediary position where you even after you open the lock nearly all the way, the piece maintains enough friction to keep the bottom half from sliding completely free, allowing you to carefully dial in the length. You can still let the bottom half slide completely free if you then continue to move the flick lock lever forward.
With that in mind, I have a number of friends/ski partners who have seen the bottom half of their poles rip out of the socket due to the flick lock lever snagging on a tree branch. This seems due to the position of the flick lock lever, which is almost completely forward on my friends' poles (my levers, for some reason, are shifted more to the side of the poles). The forward positioning makes it slightly easier for a branch to snag the lever and open it up completely. That's my only complaint, though, and given it's not my poles which are that way, just my friends', why should I care right?
This is the adjustable ski pole against which all others are measured. The new and improved grip and wrist leashes are awesome and extremely comfortable/ergonomic. Flicklock is what you want on adjustable poles. Nothing else is as good. I personally liked the old backcountry baskets better than the regular powder baskets because these can lever themselves out in hard snow and they are heavier, creating greater swing weight. These poles are not lightweight but a good strong pole that will get years of use if you don't upgrade to something lighter. It's worth it to ask yourself if you really NEED adjustable poles before buying these however. Another strategy would be to wrap duct tape and/or athletic tape about a foot down the pole shaft of a lighter weight non-adjustable pole. Then you have a secondary grip you can use when traversing that is always at the ready and doesn't require adjustment and is lighter weight. I'm 6" and I went with the longer version. I probably could have gone with either size but the longer version allows me to go longer when I want really long poles for traverses or long stretches of flat. It also makes for a stronger pole when skiing down since the pole is retracted further into the longer and stronger upper section.
I got a pair of these when I started Ski Touring and have absolutely fallen in love with them. They are everything you need in a pole. The flint lock system is flawless, grips are great, and the baskets are interchangeable. They are not the lightest pole on the market but when you are doing a multi day trip you need durability and functionality which these poles have plenty of. I recommend these poles to everyone from ski tourers to snow shoers.
I've been using the traverse for 5 years and there is a reason why everyone has them. You cannot beat the quality for the price. 5 pairs among 6 people on ski trip this last season. No problems with slippage when locked. Haven't bent or even broken a basket. Easy to read length makers so you have no worries when you collapse them. The "probe" feature is nice but not practical. Grips are comfortable and the wrist straps are well designed.
These poles work so well and are such a good price that everyone has them and I had to cover mine in stickers just to tell my poles apart from everyone elses . My one complaint is that they are still fairly long even when compacted and that makes it a little hard to put in a pack, but since 90% of the time I'm out with these I'm using them its not that big an issue.
I've been using these for skiing bc, inbounds, backpacking, and trail hiking for three years, probably 150 days a year, and they're still straight as an arrow!
They're light, take the abuse, and they have no end in sight.
I love these poles. They stick in the snow very nicely and the large baskets are great for pushing yourself out of the deep stuff if you get stuck. THEY ARE AWESOME!
Sturdy, light, durable, comfortable grips to get the job done. No need to spend more, this is a great value touring pole right here.
Whether lift skiing, backcountry skiing, hiking, these traverse poles are the best. They aren't the lightest, but I would rather have the durability.