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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

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5 5

really really good poles although...

  • Gender: Male
  • 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!

5 5

Splitboarding Goodness

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These little puppies back right down to fit in any sized pack even a little heli pro for half day trippers. So light and love how easy you can adjust height for various slopes will climbing. Everything I want from a pole and more!

5 5

Great poles.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a splitboarder and I love these things. They break down small enough to fit in my pack. Strong enough to handle man plants or even the occasional sword fight. I have not had any issue with the push button freezing. I like the adjustable length. Shorter lengths on steeper boot packs, longer length on flats. I have not had any issues with the powder baskets pulling off. Just do not strip the grooves and your set.

Great poles.
4 5

Recommend for splitters

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Lightweight and super compatible. great for skinning up then storing in a pack discretely. The handles flip up risers really easily Not meant for skiing in my opinion as the need for compactability isn't there and they aren't extremely sturdy, but could be great to keep as a spare if you are guiding a large group? Be aware that my 2013's used griptape like material instead of low profile handles (for sidehilling) like the BD expeditions. It still worked really well.

Recommend for splitters
4 5

Compact but not quite bomber

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like these poles since they fit in my BCA Float 22 airbag pack (which doesn't have any good straps for lashing it on the outside). I like my backpack as small as possible, without things dangling off of it so these were perfect in that respect.

After a dozen or so days on these they broke when they got caught in some alders I was bushwacking through. It was definitely harsh conditions but I think my BD Expedition poles wouldn't have had this problem. No metal actually sheared or bent, just one factory press fit tube came out of another and the whole pole collapsed and became useless. Due to the Z-link system, you really can't duct tape or splint the pole together as a temporary repair. I fixed it at home with some JB Weld, but it came apart again after a few tours.

I'm gonna buy another pair of these since I can't find anything better (and I have a spare pole now), but if you're going on multiday outings I would consider a beefier pole that can be repaired more easily.

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any other collapsible poles offered from you all?

4 5

Splitboarders rejoice!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are really great for splitboarding. I put mine to the test this past winter in the Wasatch and they did well. As advertised, they pack up small and neatly fit into my pack for the downhill. At the end of the day, I disconnect them and dangle them in my closet to let them fully dry out. Otherwise, they start to rust on the inside and become cruddy. The only complaint I have is when the release button gets cold and is stubborn to be pushed. This is especially annoying when it's cold and you have to take off your glove to press it. Luckily this doesn't happen too often.

5 5

Have last years

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

All my friends are jealous, on how these go right into my bag (burton paradise 15L) With nothing sticking out. They collapse easy and unable to loose pieces as their all attached to each other. The strength of them as well is outstanding, they have never collapsed or bent while touring. I've had them for a year and not a issue. Though I don't have the new baskets they still pack up easy but did just order the new baskets so they clip into each other.