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Lots of adjustability for a little bit of pack space.

The three-section Black Diamond Expedition Ski Pole maximizes pack space and adjustability whether you’re heading to the Alps or your local backcountry pow stash. FlickLock attachments provide a quick and secure adjustment for skinning up or making turns, and the aggressive hook shaped grip lets you adjust buckles and heel bars without bending down. The padded strap and ergonomic grip make for comfortable handling.

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This is a pair, not a single pole, right?...

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This is a pair, not a single pole, right? Thanks.

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That's right - two poles!

Most reliable, compact ski pole

Most reliable, compact ski pole

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This is the Aussie backcountry. The black diamond, expedition ski pole is compact and reliable, I love it.

5 5

Looks good. Solid Feel

  • Gender: Male

Haven't had the chance to use them on the slopes yet. I'll be using these to move around on flat areas on top of mountains as a snowboarder. will save me from having to get in and out of my bindings. The lock closures are very tight, but easy to use. They fold up very compact to strap to my backpack. Another good Black Diamond product at a great price! i'm 5'6"and I got the 57-125 version. More than long enough to push me around.

I usually use 46in fixed size poles, but...

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I usually use 46in fixed size poles, but I`m looking for a more versatile for some touring adventures... is the 125 (49in) enough or I would be better served with the 140 (55in)?

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I've found it useful to be able to add more than 3 inches of length above my 'normal length' ski pole when touring for switchbacks and traversing - increase the height of your downhill and you have a more stable platform. My recommendation would be the bigger size if you're that close. If you're ski touring, I don't think it's worth not adding an extra 15grams , but for splitboarding but it's gotta be worth it in your opinion to carry an extra 2 inches (fully compacted size) on your pack. I splitboard, and I have the longer size.

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How does this pole compare to the Trail...

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How does this pole compare to the Trail Back trekking pole in terms of durability? I would love to have a 4-season pole for hiking as well as backcountry skiing. Which would you go with? How do the grips compare?

5 5

Prefect for splitboarding

Light and compact, easy to use. I'm completely satisfied

4 5

Great touring pole

I have had nothing but good experiences with these poles, they are a great weight and are awesome to ski with. They are not bullet proof but they get through most situations. I would say getting them stuck in a garage door is an abnormal way to bend them- but they are still going strong despite the accident!

I just ordered these and cant wait!! I was...

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I just ordered these and cant wait!! I was wondering...How can you attach/mount a gopro to it?

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Hey Sam Wyman,

Cool to hear that the Black Diamond Expedition Ski Poles are on their way to you. For mounting a GoPro on to the poles, you would want to use the GoPro Ride Hero Bike Mounting Clamp so that you get the right amount of grip with the clamp to keep the GoPro main camera attached to the pole. Keep in mind that most people attach a GoPro to a non-adjustable ski pole as adjustable backcountry poles can be known to be slightly less durable.

5 5

Awesome, but not idiot proof

Rule number one, don't sit on these poles on the chair lift.
I foolishly got mine caught between the seat and the seat back. Crunch.

If using these for their intended purpose, you're going to be golden. I've toured successfully with these and been very please. They collapse to about 24" and store nicely on a pack's pole/ice axe loops.

The powder baskets are great, durable, and removable.

Awesome, but not idiot proof
5 5


I love these poles because they are a piece of gear that functions like they're supposed to and I never have to worry about them. The Flicklock mechanism has never moved on me once.

5 5

Good poles that collapse well

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

UVM Outing Club just recently purchased 7 pairs of these to go with the 5 we had already. I use them on every trip I lead and I take them out pretty much every weekend otherwise as well. They are a litte lit heavier than my buddy's adjustable poles (older BD trekking poles he uses for telemark skiing), but they definitely do the job. The best part is the simple adjustment system. I can change the length of them for a long, flat traverse.
The adjustment of my MFD risers can take an extra try sometimes with the powder baskets, but I don't think that is a big deal. You can always trim off a little bit of one of the pieces of the basket.

Overall solid and worth the money.

5 5

Great first impression....

I jsut receieved these last night and at first glance they appear to be great. They seem to be very sturdy and stout. I love the FlickLock system. I put on a pair of gloves and found that they are very easy to manipulate even with a heavy set of gloves. I will update after I use them for a while.

5 5


these were great, used them for a heli - snowboard trip. They were light and very sturdy.

5 5

Damn things won't die

Had these for 5 years now as my only set of poles for work/play at the resort and in the backcountry. I've killed several other types. I didn't expect much longevity from them when I first got them - assumed the versatility of the 3-piece construction would sacrifice durability. They've had the odd mishap with the chairlift and been with me tumbling through the trees/rocks, but aside from some scuffing and a tiny bend in the thinnest section of one of them (which doesn't affect the collapsing), they've been really reliable. Love how small they pack away (often just stick them in my boots for transport) and have had no issues with the fliplock. If I had to have a gripe, it would be that the swing weight isn't as pleasing as my old Life Link V-C's, but whatever. Great for what I need it for.

5 5

perfect for the backcountry

lightweight and small but very durrable. easy to adjust on the go and fits perfectly on the side of the pack

3 5


...I loved these poles for all sorts of skiing. The other reviews tell the story pretty well...the only problem is that the bottom end of one was sheared off in a crash. I know that they are designed to be light but maybe the design is just too lightweight - the edge of my ski trapped the pole and that was an end to it. Maybe they should sell them individually in case of damage....

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Go to BD's website, you can buy singular pole sections at reasonable rates from them.

5 5

No Fail

These have been friends for over one hundred days without a fail.

5 5

They don't freeze when extended....which is nice

Great poles. I had some Tubbs 3 piece that featured the twist lock vs. the snap lock found here. They were great until the froze fully extended on a backcountry snowboard mission. Nothing like riding down the hill with a couple 42 inch poles in your hands....Anyway, these don't do that, they work great and are much better than those POS Tubbs I had. If you will be splitting/snowshoeing in very cold temps, buy these poles.

my son is 5'10" what size black diamond...

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my son is 5'10" what size black diamond pole would he need?

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You won't go wrong with the 140. Cheers!

5 5


These are money if you need a pole that is highly adjustable and breaks down small. These are a must have for splitboarding, easily fit into or strap to a pack. I use mine ski touring and when out on the split. The tab adjustments are where it's at, I upgraded from a twistable Leki pole.

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