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While you're all about earning your turns, you're not too keen on tacking on more weight than necessary. So when it comes time to get elevated, reach for the Black Diamond Compactor Ski Pole and trek onward—lightly. With a little help from a quick-release button, the pole folds down into three compact pieces that stay connected with a flexible yet tenacious cord (Black Diamond calls this technology Z-Pole), which also makes it easy to stow when it's not in use. A FlickLock Pro mechanism allows you to adjust the length easily, and the Compactor boasts reinforcements at the joints. And 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.
- A compact, lightweight pole for alpine touring
- Burly yet featherlight aluminum shaft
- Z-Pole technology assures quick and easy use
- FlickLock Pro provides customized length
- Powder baskets included
- Item #BLD00KQ
- Q & A
New look, same design flaws
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is my second pair of compactors. They're nice for splitboarding because they're light, pretty durable, and generally balance well. However, the internal mechanism seems to loosen over time, often requiring a clockwise turning of the handle to keep the internals tight. At some point, they loosen and fail, and you need to: a) get someone who works at BD to walk you through a repair on the phone, b) send them back to where you bought them, or c) send them to BD for repair. If you're skiing, save the hassle and get a fixed length pole. If you're splitboarding hard, get a three segment pole or go guide style with full length poles in your hand..
they will take you places.
Summit of Lone Peak, UT
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Enjoy how easily these things break down and get the job done, however, the basket was initially pretty hard to screw on to the pole as the threading seemed slightly off.