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Black Diamond Compactor Backcountry Ski Pole

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    9 Reviews



    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

    Tech Specs

    105 - 125 cm, 115 - 135 cm
    Adjustable Length
    Collapsed Length
    41.5 cm
    Locking Mechanism
    Included Baskets
    yes, 100mm Compact Powder
    Claimed Weight
    [105-125cm] 1 lb 6 oz, [115-135cm] 1 lb 7 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Unreliable Design, Do Not Buy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The idea behind these poles is great, as is not having to strap poles to your pack, but they are so prone to failure that they cannot be trusted in the backcountry. I had to turn back on 2 tours due to the internal folding mechanism getting stuck where it shouldn't, rendering them totally unusable without a good bit of surgical work with needlenose pliers. I know of at least 4 other people who have had the same problem repeatedly, in a few cases it made a great day in the mountains turn very bad if not dangerous. Black Diamond has acknowledged this is a widespread problem and is sending people who return Compactors a completely different set of poles, why they have not recalled them is beyond me and makes me question any further purchases from them. On a side not they are also crazy heavy and flex a ton. Bottom line DO NOT buy these!

    Great concept, not durable.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Bought new and used just a few times this season. Break down great and very compact and simple to assemble. But, the sleeve in one of the sections broke after just a few days. These are way too expensive to not even last a season.

    Nice Pole

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    So far the pole has been good for me. Seems to be a little loose at the joints but I only notice it when I pay attention to it. Basket was a little tough to screw on but that's just a one time issue for me. quick to break down and snap back together

    Fragile and shaky

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Funny to read another review about skiing with a tree limb in hand. These break easily or me (with odd failure modes). They also jostle at the connections, which I guess is to prevent from freezing. I would probably pass up. They do compact VERY nicely, like very few other poles.

    Also have to say the Black Diamond service and warranty folks are absolutely amazing. Great company.


      So after breaking 3 pairs in as many seasons, I think i'm done with these. BD's warranty is great and I keep getting a replacement every time they shit the bed, but after 4k of skinning with a tree limb in hand I think i'm ready to go back to a traditional 3 part pole.

      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..