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Gear Review

2 5

Weak and flimsy

I purchased a pair of these for everyday resort and backcountry use. The second day I used them, one pole bent enough so it could no longer collapsed. I returned the poles and got a new pair. The new pair bent within a few days as well. I continued to use them despite the bend. A few months later, the pole snapped about an inch above the basket while I pole planted to get off a chairlift. Black Diamond makes a good product, but these are very disappointing. I've never owned such a flimsy set of ski poles. They're also not cheap, making it more frustrating. I've since gone back to a traditional carbon alpine pole.

On the plus side, I did like the grips, big powder baskets and Flip Lock adjuster.