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I have a Dakine Altitude 25 liter ABS cover...
I have a Dakine Altitude 25 liter ABS cover & my current Ortovox saw does not fit in the pack I have upgraded to. Does anyone know if this fits into the ABS cover pack that I have???
I think it will be close. I believe that ABS cover is 21 inches tall or so and the overall length of the saw is about 17 inches so it should work but you may have to angle it depending on what else you have in there. I have this saw and the standard Vario 25 cover and it fits in there just fine if that helps at all.
Black Diamond Flick Saw
Nice saw, sharp, nice case, good product
Another great product from black diamond
This is a great snow saw for cutting columns for doing snow pit tests. It can also cut through wood and other materials if needed. It has a 30cm mark for you know how big to cut your columns. You can attach this to your Black diamond Flick lock poles, for doing extended column tests. A great product.
Is the saw compatible with the Black...
Is the saw compatible with the Black Diamond Whippet Self-Arrest Ski Pole?
This saw is only compatible with Black Diamond's Traverse, Razor Carbon and Expedition ski poles.
You can swap out the Whippet lowers for a Trail Mids + Lowers; i.e. 3-piece whippet. That will give you the correct diameter for this saw.
Nice addition to my BC gear
This saw is a nice addition to my bc gear, and snow study kit. It attaches easily to the pole, is very sharp and cuts through firm snow like it was butter. It is really sturdy and lightweight, and takes up almost no room in the pack. Really happy with it so far, highly recommended, especially if you're using bd poles.
Simple and effective
Little finicky in attaching to my ski pole but gets the job done. Clean cuts and measurements provide the information and tool I need for digging pits and looking savage.
cuts through snow pretty well (not that its difficult) and the attachment to BD ski poles is genius for a myriad of snow tests. My only complaint is that the handle is a bit thicker, and when used with the pole it doesn't leave a nice clean cut, there probably isn't a way around that though.
Best Saw Yet
I previously had the BCA saw but needed one that can extend in order to cut the back of extended column tests. This is a great tool - really well made. The sheath is well made and makes carrying in my avy tool pack pocket much easier - and safer. After seeing my Avy 2 instructor dig pits in 10 minutes with one of these, I was sold.
Just bought one of these with some pure...
Just bought one of these with some pure carbon poles and the lower is way too loose in the '14mm' port but too big for the 11mm port. It's supposed to fit just fine but the attachment system seems unusable.
Anyone else have this problem?
This saw is compatible only with the BD Traverse, Razor Carbon, or Expedition poles...Check the BD website....
Yep - they changed that after I pointed out to BD Europe that all their literature, website, product info sheets supplied with poles and saw etc. listed the pure carbon as compatible, when they'd actually changed the saw slightly and it was no longer compatible.
They offered to swap my poles for some that did fit, but they were such a good deal I didn't want to pass them up. In the end I made a small shim from a piece of ice-cream tub lid which makes it fit just fine.
On my Black Diamond Expedition poles the saw attaches only to the bottom part of the poles, making it way to short is deep snow to cut columns. It is a sturdy saw, and the sheath is very nice as well. Cuts the crap outta ice and hardpack.BD, please fix the attachment issue so i can use 2/3rd of my pole, not 1/3rd of it and I will give you 5 out of 5!
I have a pair of Traverse BD poles from...
I have a pair of Traverse BD poles from 08, does anyone know if the snow saw will fit these poles?
YES, for sure these will work! And just buy them from BC.Com and send 'me back if they don't, but im 99.99% sure they will
How many inches long is the blade?
How many inches long is the blade?
Blade is 35cm and the total length is about 45cm.
Seems cool, doesn't fit the elliptic pole
Seems cool, but doesn't fit the Black Diamond Elliptic flicklock poles I have :(. They're heading right back.
Best Snow Saw Yet
I recently purchased this saw after having tried the BCA blue handled saw and found it impossible to isolate the back of columns in the pit. The BD Flicklock fits easily and securely on the end of my BD poles. The included sheath is also a huge improvement over the small strip of rubber that you get with the BCA saw. If you're doing any kind of snow study, this is the saw for you.
Definitely would purchase this over the other options I have seen such as the BCA saw. The ability to attach it to flick lock or other bd poles is great for ECT's, cornice cutting, and just column isolation. Never had any complaints about it
I like this saw for many reasons. Fits nicely in my pack, light weight, sturdy blade, great precision, compatibility with my BD poles. Its a great tool to help you perform accurate snowpack analysis. ***** 5 stars
Not used on Rainier
Only issue with the saw itself is it's appetite for consuming the plastic inside the sheath. Otherwise I'm sure it's fine. Should be able to put it to use this winter when I take the JHMG Avi course level 1.
The bigger issue here is how the saw connects to the BD FlickLock poles. I can only connect it to the very bottom section of my BD Expedition poles (22" long). Since one of the uses for the saw is for cornice cutting, I know I'd certainly like to use the entire pole for this. 22" doesn't give you much unless you're on a mini mountain with mini cornices!
Sturdy Saw - Not Compatible w/ My Poles
Prior to purchasing this saw, I did some research on both this saw and the comparable alternatives (BCA Snowsaw, G3 Bonesaw). Based up research and prior use, the BCA snowsaw was definitely the flimsiest of the three saws. The G3 Bonesaw is actually also flimsier than the BD FlickLock saw, although in pictures it appears burlier. I thought the G3 Bonesaw was a little overpriced for a snowsaw as well.
Due to reviews and strength, I went with this saw. For a snowsaw, it is lightweight and does not take up a lot of packspace. It does the job of cutting snow columns fine. My biggest gripes are as follows: (i) there is no hardguard and the handle is very small, so be careful when putting the snow in the sleeve; (ii) the blade is sharp and cuts the interior of the sleee, leading to little plastic bits getting in your bag (but who really cares about this); and (iii) MOST IMPORTANTLY, it is NOT compatable with my Flicklock poles. I have the BD Expedition FlickLock poles (from 1 year ago), and this saw does not fit into the attachment. I am sure I am using it properly, and my poles do not fit in either of the 2 differently sized attachment options on the saw. This is a major design flaw by BD. SUMMARY: If you want a sturdy, lightweight saw, this is the best choice over the BCA saw and the G3 Bonesaw. However, note that it may or may not be compatable with your BD poles. This is merely a minor inconveience to me - b/c when I used this to cut a exteneded column for a ECT test, I merely attached the saw to my pole using some voile ski carrying straps and it worked fine.
THIS IS NOT an IGLOO SAW
I got this thinking, 'oh, a snow saw. I can use it for IGLOO building, but really it is, now I'm told, maybe too short and certainly, unless you're a child, the handleââwhich looks good in the picture, ain't much when you've got it in your hand. NOW I know that this is more of an Avalanche crust testing tool and not nec. for cutting big blocks of snowâââbut I'll still give it a shot and hey, I looked pretty bad with it tucked in my pants around the city . . . thought for sure the cops would be stopping the crazed guy with the saw.
I can't seem to make this saw work with...
I can't seem to make this saw work with my BD Alpine CF poles. Am I doing something wrong, or will the saw just not work with the carbon fiber poles?MattBud - Do you have the Alpine CF poles or the CF poles? I haven't tried taking the handles off to insert into the saw. I was trying to put the lower section of the pole into the saw, and it doesn't fit. Thanks,Matt
Hmmmm... I have the CF poles and they work great in the smaller of the two holes, you take the carbon shaft out of the handle of the pole and insert it into the saw. You must make sure it is inserted all the way. If this doesn't help maybe you could elaborate more on the issue you are having.