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Collapse it down and pack it away, then bust it out for the deep descent.

The Black Diamond Expedition Ski Pole is the definition of a versatile, sturdy backcountry ski pole.  The three-piece design is built to give you the stability and durability you need for the descent while still offering a high level of adjustability and packability.  All-aluminum shafts are locked together with two FlickLock Pro clamps for reliable adjustment and quick extension of the pole's 57cm (22in) collapsed length.  A fluted interior grip design and lightweight strap help keep weight at a minimum.

  • Three piece aluminum construction
  • Collapses down to 57cm (22 in)
  • Dual FlickLock Pro adjustment
  • Lightweight grip with fluted interior
  • 100mm (4in) powder baskets

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5 5

Compact and Durable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Although these could absolutely be purchased for a variety of winter sports, they are perfect for a backcountry splitboard set up. These poles are light weight, affordable, collapse quite small, durable, and have heavy duty baskets to handle any snow condition you may encounter.

4 5

Great poles!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my go to poles for splitboarding. They are affordable and dependable. Used them over 50 times this season and haven't had a single issue. They fit perfectly, when collapsed, in my ABS Float 32 pack. Excellent purchase!

5 5

Solid for year round ascents

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been using them for hike and flies with paragliders and speedwings both winter and summer. Only telescoping poles I've had that hold up to the abuse of hard skiing as well. They feel way more solid than the compactors and still get small enough to fit in my harness.

5 5

What more do you need?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These poles are light, adjustable, grips and straps work great. I agree with Rabbit that people are just putting the baskets on wrong - I have stepped on mine, toured for long days in breakable crust, powder, hardpack, whatever, and they are fine. People just need to take a few more seconds to do it right! As Peska says: you have to jam on over the threads.

They work great, and I really like being able to adjust long on the way up and short on the way down.

5 5

These things rock.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Seems like the other reviewers are not putting their snow baskets on properly. They are quite difficult to put on and off, and I have used mine for months and have yet to loose any.

What else can I say, its a ski pole. The grips are good, the leashes are adjustable and the flip locks hold tight. And if they don't from the factory you can adjust those too. Great ski pole for backcountry touring, backpacking, mountaineering and skiing.

These things rock.
1 5

Hate flick lock.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Don't know why everybody uses these for split board poles, check out the Black diamond Compactor poles!?

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They're stronger, attach outside the pack, can be used with snow saws, adjust the length down to under 100cm and any section of them is replaceable. I prefer the new aluminum flicklocks over the old plastic ones. I use either these or compactors depending on the terrain I'm going into. Both have their pluses and minuses.

4 5

Swing and a miss

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Original: I have yet to use these poles, but I can already tell my baskets are going to be gone after my first run. The pole and basket have grooves, which makes it look like they are to be screwed on, however one good tug and the basket comes off easier than it was to put it on. Disappointed

Update: Finally tweaking with the pole, I did the same as MrPoopypants, just jammed it on the collapse pole to go past the threads and I have not had a problem since. So far I have 20 days on them and they have held up. Hope this update helps!

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The baskets are the same for all black diamond poles. I was warned that you have to make sure you don't cross thread the baskets else the will fall off. A friend wasn't and did the same thing.

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I had the same problem when I got them, but after making sure I screwed them on tight, they have not given me any trouble at all.

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I've got a couple of pairs of these and I've always just pushed the baskets on. Collapse the pole, push the basket on, stick it on top of your feet and push the handle down, the basket clicks loudly when it pops on. Pretty sure they don't screw on. I've changed baskets (powder basket) many times. Never a problem. Great poles. Used them for years, on many, many trips. Bomber.

5 5

Great Support, No Slip, Awesome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What more can I say, after years of not using poles for hiking I joined the ranks and grabbed a pair of adjustable poles, only to have them continue to slip when applying pressure. I went back to my old standby standard ski poles. Then came along a gift of BD Expedition poles. I've used them on tons of hikes in the PNW and Wasatch mountains and won't leave home on a hike without them.

They're a great tool to help support heavy loads when trekking to base camp. I've also used just a solo along with my trusty BD ice axe when conditions go from steep to low angle. The locks are very easy to use and clamp tightly, while the straps are simple and fast to adjust even on the move.

Only problem I've had is losing baskets, but I tend to find another someone else has lost and it all works out. A great solution for this is an old school method of heating up a little linseed oil and placing on the baskets before sliding them in place.

1 5

Baskets fall right off

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

The very first time I used these poles, both the powder baskets were gone within a couple of hours. I have no idea when or how they fell off, but they're gone and it's pretty disappointing.

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Make sure you don't cross thread them I made the same mistake.

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And make sure you don't stop at where they screw on. They go beyond that threading and up against the next ridge on the poles which are not threaded.

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The baskets fell off because you failed to put them on all the way