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Black Diamond Carbon Compactor Ski Pole

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Shave weight with this super-packable touring pole.

When you're ten hours into an all-day splitboard mission, it's getting dark fast, and you still have three miles to get back to the car, every ounce matters.  With the feather-light Black Diamond Carbon Compacter Ski Pole, you might just make it back without your arms falling off.  Engineered exclusively for packable touring, the three piece carbon fiber shaft features Black Diamond's own Z-Pole technology with Speed Cone Deployment.  This system enables the pole to quickly deploy to full length simply by holding the handle, releasing the basket pole capture, and allowing the pole to snap into shape.  This system allows for an extremely compact and secure packing configuration, making it perfect for splitboarding, air travel, and expeditions. 

  • Carbon fiber construction
  • Z-Pole technology
  • Touring series grip with rubber grip extension
  • 100mm (4in) powder baskets with 2-section pole capture
  • Item #BLD3522

Tech Specs

carbon fiber
110 cm, 120 cm, 125 cm, 130 cm
Adjustable Length
Collapsed Length
[110] 38 cm, [115] 40 cm, [120] 42 cm, [125] 50 cm, [130] 52 cm
Included Baskets
yes, 100mm Compact Powder
Claimed Weight
[120 cm] 1 lb 3 oz
Recommended Use
alpine touring, splitboarding
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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Good while they last (which is not long)

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As other reviewers have mentioned, these are great, lightweight poles, but unfortunately I have had same problems with the joints breaking. I would say I stressed them moderately for a season or two (mostly day touring (splitboarding) but a week or so of overnight trips with a heavy pack) and that did one of poles in. After a fix by a local shop (not BD), that pole is still wobbly. It has been demoted to a spare trekking pole. Overall, I was quite disappointed considering I had purchased these for full price (as I had to during another trip after losing an older BD pole to a tree...). Maybe I just have bad luck with poles, but I can't seem to keep the same pair in working order for more than a season or two...

Gossamer and built like a tank

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have 2 full seasons on these poles and I have not had any issues yet. The only issue I have had is with the push button getting iced up, but that's in pretty gnarry conditions. I bought them because they are much more compact than the traverse and expedition 3 pc poles that Black Diamond has, and smaller than other 2 and 3 piece poles of different brands. They are very self explanatory to use and have been extremely reliable in all conditions. If/when they do ice up, I just knock them together and voila, they collapse. Sometimes snow can get in the sections preventing them from pulling apart to collapse, but same as above, give it a couple of taps and you are in business. The wide power basket does its job and offers all the support you need and so much more. I have the 120 cm length since it's a good versatile length for my needs. The small downside is that they aren't adjustable, so make sure you get a length that will work for what you need.

5'8" 170 lb

These have been up Mt Shasta and many of the peaks in the Sierras

Gossamer and built like a tank

So Far So Good

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've only had these for a weekend so far so I can't comment on the durability. So for however, I am stoked on getting them. It is my first 3 piece pole. While I was a little apprehensive about losing the ability to adjust length, as long as you pick the right size off the bat it's nice to have one less thing to think about. While touring they feel very stiff and solid, which was my other concern. And of course, they pack up super tiny which is great for stashing them away. I ski primarily so this isn't even a huge need personally, but for the money I wanted to have a pole that would work for all uses and I do plan to splitboard from time to time as well.

So Far So Good

I'm sold on carbon

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having used the aluminum version of these for 2 solid season (100+days) I opted for the carbon upgrade.
At roughly 3oz lighter in the 115mm length I wasn't going for really saving weight.
I love the snappy feel carbon poles have. They also feel much stronger when weighting them.
I use these for resort skiing, splitboarding, long heavy hikes and alpine climbing. When strapping poles on your pack is awkward.
I love how the carbon shafts don't stick when stored wet like aluminum. They've got some reflective logos which has been very handy in the dark already.
All in all I do believe these are an upgrade to the original Compactor poles. They do shave some ounces for the gram counter type. And they're strong.

will break if you are a serious climber

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These poles are a great concept - extremely light weight and compactable however I would definitely not recommend them for anyone attempting serious mountaineering objectives. I have gone through two sets of these poles this season alone and they are simply unreliable.

I doubt most people put as much stress on their gear as I do (40+ days a season in the backcountry+ overnight missions) so these poles would definitely be fine for the backcountry enthusiast or someone getting out a handful of times each season...

If it weren't for and BD's great customer service/return policy I would be much more angry about these poles continually snapping on me. Will try a different type pole in after sending the pieces back

Light and small with low integrity

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great light weight pole that can fit into most packs. Strong and stiff when extended out. However, the joints that hold the inside of the pole together are variable in strength. When collapsing it after a long tour, the inside soft plastic piece snapped/sheared under no extraordinary circumstance. BD's warrenty replaced them immediately which is great but still something you should know about before you buy poles for $160

Stiff and Durable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great for split boarders or anyone who doesn't like having huge poles hanging off their pack! Very lightweight and sturdy. I have used the normal non-carbon compactors and the carbon version. I love the carbon because it gives you a bit more stability before they bend on those steep faces!


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not just for split boarding! I picked up a pair of these poles for alpine climbing with ski gear. I hate having my ski poles attached to the outside of my pack when I am climbing so being able to fold them inside is awesome. They are not the lightest but better than the alu version and seem totally bomber. I have also been using them for mountain runs - replace the basket with a smaller one and they are easy to run with or stow in a trail vest when the route gets easier/more runnable.

So light, so strong

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These poles are insanely light, almost to the point that you feel like you might break one. But they won't break! These bad boys will take an absolute beating. My only real complaint is that they don't back down a whole lot. Not a huge deal because of how light they are.

Go ahead and lean on these puppies

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had two prior generations of these and loved them but have struggled with durability issues with the clips and the integrity of the pole metal itself (bent a pair last year). Carbon has no option of bending (permanently) and as such they have to make the carbon more durable so they don't snap or shatter. Well... Black Diamond hit it on the head with these! They are strong, bendable but not breaking from my heavy abuse. These poles are not appreciably lighter than the metal cheaper version but they are absolutely stronger and I feel will last me longer than my prior metal versions. They pack up into my pack for when I get to the summit with my splitboard, and reliably snap back together effortlessly when at the bottom and rearing to head back up. Other benefits of carbon include being less miserably cold in hand on the cold days when trying to fold them up, not being able to get them stuck to your tongue in case you have the urge to lick them, and are (for you hypersensitive weight watchers) slightly lighter than the metal ones. But for me, it's all about the added reliability and ease of use.