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Black Diamond Compactor Backcountry Ski Pole

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Reach the perfect pow spot with this packable pole.

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.

  • Z-Pole collapsible pole design folds down into Black Diamond's shortest ski pole collapsed length
  • Speed cone technology guides pole sections together for quick deployment and provides reinforcement at joints when pole is locked in place
  • 20 cm range of adjustability secured by low-profile, durable stainless steel FlickLock Pro clamp with increased clamping leverage thanks to dual-axle design
  • Lightweight touring grip with an integrated extension for quick choke-ups when traversing steep terrain
  • Wrist strap hangs open for easy access
  • Lengthened strap adjustment tab allows for easy manipulation with gloves on
  • Item #BLD3523

Tech Specs

Adjustable Length
Usable Range
105 - 125 cm, 115 - 135 cm
Collapsed Length
[105-125cm] 38 cm, [115-135cm] 40 cm
Locking Mechanism
FlickLock Pro
Included Baskets
yes, 1 pair powder
Claimed Weight
[105-125 cm] 1 lb 6 oz, [115-135 cm] 1 lb 7 oz
Recommended Use
alpine touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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Re-purposed as trekking poles

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The ones pictured are from 2013. I actually used these as trekking poles and now use them as a wading staff when fly fishing. They are great because you can break them down super quickly in to 3 parts.

Pros: lightweight, compact, stores easily, durable, adjustable height

Cons: None

Re-purposed as trekking poles

Solid Pole

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used these poles for the past 2 season with about 10 days inbounds skiing and 15 backcountry days. The poles have held up great. The flip locks hold firm and I have never had a pole collapse. The only problem I have had is when the lock come unclipped on the lift and the bottom half of the pole fell out. I did not notice until I got off the lift and had the ski the pole line till I found it. The only other negative thing about these poles is that they do have some flex and are not quite and stiff as a traditional ski pole.

Solid Pole

Splitboarding Dream

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Are you sick of strapping your poles to your backpack when you are out splitboarding? Does it make you feel like if you fall you might break a pole or injure yourself?

The Black Diamond Splitboarding Pole... er I mean the Black Diamond Compactor Backcountry Ski Pole that you're about to buy is going to change all of that.

With the click of a button your poles will now break down into three small pieces, about 15 inches in length, allowing you to easily stow them in your backpack for the descent.

To top it all off, they are super light weight as well and unlike the carbon version, these have an adjustable length option.

For all your splitboarders out there, check these out, and enjoy a hands free descent!

Love These Things

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great in every way, you can't go wrong buying these. They are light, but durable, compact down to a very reasonable length, and are overall very functional. I love the Z-Pole concept and how easy it makes breaking down the poles. Highly recommend these!

Best Splitboarding Pole!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I LOVE these poles for splitboarding. They are very durable and I love that they break down into three sections so that you can put them inside your backpack while you are riding down. They are very easy to expand and pack away. I am 5'4 and I got size 105cm-125cm.

Best split poles!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These poles are awesome for splitboarding. Super compact for ease to store inside your backcountry backpack. These are some solid poles definitely a brand you can trust. Very easy to use and adjust, I highly recommend these for skinning up the mountain with.

The Splitboarder's Pole

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yup, these are The poles to get if you're a splitboarder. If you have the extra money, you can get the carbon version instead. I had the BD Expedition Pole before, which got the job done, but these poles will give you quite a bit of extra room in your pack. You'll be stoked on this purchase.

Light weight but one big design flaw

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are super lightweight (not that I've ever really had heavy poles) and they pack away super well. One huge design flaw though is the baskets spin. I guess is bc of the way they collapse but it's a huge pain to bust out my yoga moves in sketchy spots. Not a big enough deal I would return them but some sort of locking mechanism for the lower portion would be nice #splitboardproblems

Splitboarders rejoice. Skiers maybe not.

    These are great poles for splitboarders who pack up their poles on the way down. They pack smaller than any collapsible pole I've seen, and they are easy and fast, but that comes with some minor tradeoffs.

    I agree wholeheartedly with the review here titled "Great For Splitboarding! Some Caveats." I also had a tiny bend on the upper part of the pole that made collapsing stick a bit, but I happily kept using the pole without major issue. Occasionally, the lower sections would ice together which would require a little twitst to free them.

    After a few seasons, I had one of the joint sections come loose which collapsed the pole. Black diamond replaced it. Thank you Black Diamond for standing behind your products.

    The z-pole mechanism is convenient for packing, but if you're a skier, I'd suggest a different Black Diamond pole. if don't need pack your poles on the way down, other options are probably simpler and more stout. For splitboarders, I think the easy packability makes it super convenient.

    Great for splitboarding!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I wanted a new pair of poles for splitboarding that easily fit inside my pack. My previous pair of poles were a little too long and had to be attached on the outside of the bag, but I wanted something that could tuck inside to make everything more streamlined. These poles have been perfect for that. They assemble very quickly, and then when you get to the top of the hill and are ready to snowboard, they fold up quickly and tuck away. I find that they are much lighter than other poles I looked in to, especially for splitboarders.

    great functionality -could be better

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    this is my 2nd pair - have used for skiing on piste and backcountry and glacier-approaches. The quality and functionality is tops. They are a TAD heavy, and when skiing they can sometimes rattle - i.e. the aluminum joints dont always connect like a glove - this is annoying and maybe engineers can figure out a way to make it feel more snug... a touch lighter. Still best on the market. IMHO

    Awesome poles for splitboarding

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The days of strapping poles to your pack are over! These poles are pack down super small to easily fit inside your pack. They are also pretty light, and extremely easy to assemble and take down saving you time when you should be shredding pow. Highly recommend to all splitboarders!

    Perfect for small packs

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These poles are killer for the splitboarder, they fold up very small and compact so you can easily throw them in your pack without much effort. As well as they assemble and break down quick and easy. I'm very impressed and satisfied with these poles!

    Not the lightest but ...

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

    Not the lightest set of poles but they have some good features that I like. I had the earlier model and bent both of them in a fall but liked the that they pack down so small so I purchased another pair. For touring I also like that the baskets are big but with a cut out which is more comfortable against the snow. The strap design is also nicer than most being that it is a tad easier to insert a gloved hand that a strap that is one piece that goes in a loop with both ends at the handle. I was previously using poles that screw lock to adjust the length and they kept collapsing on me unintentionally which drove me crazy. The only peeve I have is that the cool basket design swivels around from the pole twisting (not the basket) - maybe tightening of the set up will rectify this. I used the earlier model extensively but this newer one just once. I don't see any major design differences between the 2 - maybe these newer ones are a little heavier.

    This poles are great!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I don't really use them to hike, I just bought them because of their great colorway and folding features. I've ski'd with them about 4 times and their great. Very strong, no need to worry about them being lose, or flimsy.

    Great for splitboarding! some caveats.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The packable collapsed pole make them great for splitboarding despite minor drawbacks. If you're a skier who never needs to pack away your poles, simpler poles may be more bomber.

    One of my poles has become more difficult to collapse because a top section is bent slightly. You have to push one section into another to create slack for the "z" cable ,and a bent section causes resistance. If the top doesn't collapse completely first, it can cause a lot of tension on the cable because of insufficient slack. If the cable snaps, you lose the tension that holds the pole together. (That hasn't happened to me so far.)

    Sometimes freezing makes the bottom sections hard to separate.

    Despite these drawbacks, I still recommend the poles to splitboarders. They pack up small!

    Splitboard Perfection!!!

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

    These are a great trekking pole for splitboarders. They fold up nice and small so you can stash them in your pack when your making some powder turns.

    They are really easy to build and tear down. So far so good. they do feel like they might break if you put a ton of pressure on them but as of now they are pretty awesome.

    Splitboard Perfection!!!

    good not great

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I used these heavily for a few seasons. I really enjoyed them for the most part.


    good grip, nice basket and the z folding system is fast and rad.


    really flexible always felt like I was going to snap one, and I did.

    Once the pole snapped(lower section) there was not fast way to repair and when bushwhacking at 3:30am in the Tetons I was not a happy camper, or overly excited about having to MacGyver a fix for the upcoming 5,000 vertical feet I still had to climb.

    great until shit hits the fan.

    just wanted to update. Took my abortion of a ski pole into BD headquarters here in SLC and within 24hours I had a brand new set of poles on my doorstep. Black Diamond is the shit. So awesome to see a company stand by their products and replace no questions asked.

    agreed, however poles are one of those products that take a tremendous amount of abuse and I generally plan on breaking at least one every 1-2 seasons. After another season on these I think i'm done with them. They are super sloppy and I can already identify a few weak points on them.

    really really good poles although...

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Poles are great, have been designed, developed and tested seems to be.

    So, the z shape concept which scarred me first, they look like are very tuff and durable. Ive studied industrial design and product design and analized them over and over.

    Ill add the opinion of which should be improved to help somebody hopefully, either you buyers or some product developer or reviewer.

    I think the top part of the grip where you tend to put your palm shouldnt have any edges as it has and be more rounded to increase its ergonomy of usage when you grab it from there. you can check many leki ergonomic poles to see what i mean with that, they are very more comfortable.

    On the other side, i would reduce the width of the wrist strap, sometimes to take em off and on with or without gloves it doesnt come off quickly.

    I would try to reduce the size of the plastic buckles of the handswrists as well, think they are too big unnecesarily and bother a little bit to carry the pole with your wrists with or without gloves.

    Finally maybe other details i would add, which ive seen in many black diamond products is that night reflecting paint or stamp they use when using them at night.

    Thats all!

    Im wondering, are these poles good for trekking/hiking as well???

    Best Answer

    Raffy, these would work great as a hiking or trekking pole. The only thing to consider is some National Parks require you to use a rubber tip on the end to not trash the pristine rock. Not many places require that though, if you did need them BD sells them direct.

    If you have anymore questions feel free to send me an email or call!

    Bill Porreca