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Packs down small with the push of a button—that's innovation.

The Compactor Backcountry Ski Pole collapses into a tight little package to make it easy to pack, and when it's fully deployed, it offers the benefit of adjustable length—it's like a backcountry pole from the gods. Both the folding and adjustable length systems are dead simple to operate by anyone with thumbs, and they engage quickly and securely. Backcountry skiers, snowboarders, and traveling snowshoers just discovered heaven-in-hand.

  • Innovative folding Z-Pole technology lets you fold the Compactor into three pieces for improved stowability in a pack
  • Speed cone deployment system guides each shaft section into place and provides stiffness for joint when the pole is locked in place
  • FlickLock Pro adjustment system gives you 25 centimeters of travel so you can dial in the proper height for the terrain with a flip of your thumb
  • FlickLock Pro sits low against your pole, and the dual-axle design and stainless steel hardware ensure long-term durability
  • Wrist strap uses a wishbone shape to help it sit securely and comfortably on your wrist
  • Adjust strap easily with gloves on thanks to the lengthened adjustment tab
  • Rubber-coated extension sits below the main grip and provides a quick way to choke-up on your pole when you're traversing steep slopes
  • Thoughtful basket design lets you holster the shaft pieces for flop-free storage

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5 5

Splitboarding dream

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

Easy to use and light to carry. Easy to pack away for the ride down the hill. Purchased them for my fiance and he loves them on the hill so much he bought me a set too.

4 5

Pretty good...

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

I got these because I do some backcountry snowboarding and they are the most compact poles around to fit in my backpack. I bought them on sale in March (used them in April) and have only used them one time. They seem to be well built and have great grip tape on the pole below the actual grip. When you put the pole together the pieces just slide into one another. I had some problems on my one day of use with the pieces separating when the pole was pushed 6 inches or so into the snow. Granted I didn't have the powder basket on it because it was april in New Hampshire and I really didn't expect the snow to be so deep on my hike. I believe they would probably work fine if the powder basket was on it. I would say it's worth picking up and being really compact it a huge plus to me.

3 5

Pretty good, with a few drawbacks.

I bought this as a touring pole for my splitboard adventures this past season as it was one of the compact poles when broken down. Nowadays with more and more people switching to airback packs for touring, it's important for splitboarders to be able to stash their poles in a location that keeps the tips away from the airbag. With these poles, I can stash them either inside my pack or on the outside underneath my compression straps of the pack and still be able to keep the tips away from where my airbag would deploy. Super important in my opinion.

Two downsides though.....First, they do feel a tad flimsy, so I make a conscience effort not to put too much weight on them when touring. Second, they aren't compatible with the Black Diamond flicklock snow saw. C'mon, Black Diamond, you can do better than that.

5 5

Perfect size & functionality!

I just got into split boarding & knew just the poles I needed! They are so light & easy to use. I love that once you set your size, it's done!

My husband was so jealous of mine, I had to order him a set! The best part of these is how small the break down to & can fit into your pack. I don't like anything outside of my pack when riding, so these are perfect!

Can't wait for many more days to come with them.

4 5


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

Small compact with height adjustment with the flick lock, very nice hard to find anything better then these

4 5

Black Diamond Compactor Pole

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Oh so light, oh so compact-able.

For split boarders I would hazard that there's nothing better on the market. They breakdown so small I can stick 'em in my boots to keep all my together by the door.

For AT skiers these fit the bill for light use, however one word of caution, similiar to a tent pole, the BD Compactor uses a taut cord to extend. Genius for lightweight design , however I snapped the cord torquing it in really chunky snow. I like that most of BD's poles can be fixed with replacement parts, the Compactor is done-zo once it breaks.

I also found the split baskets (for securing compacted poles) waren't super ideal for flipping the newer Dynafit heel risers. Not a pain, but I wasn't convinced the cut out for storage/display purposes was worth a sacrifice in on snow performance.

Overall the Compactor is one of the most interesting poles on the market, its weight and size alone will convinced a lot people (me!) to keep using it despite any greivances. However, on long trips in which you use your poles aggressively as tent stakes, etc. I'll probably stick with the tried and true Traverse or Expedition.