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Day-in, day-out durability that takes what the backcountry dishes out.

Black Diamond's versatile Traverse Ski Poles are the trusty workhorses of backcountry ski touring. Durable aluminum construction takes the beating that you put on them up in the mountains. Black Diamond's FlipLock Pro system allows for quick easy adjustments and security. Large baskets and lightweight materials keep you moving quick through deep snow, and Black Diamond even designed a grip specifically for the gram-counters, to keep things light.

  • 16mm aluminum upper—18mm aluminum lower
  • Touring Series grip with fluted interior
  • Touring Series strap with lightweight webbing and ladder-lock buckle
  • Lightweight grip extension
  • 100mm powder basket
  • FlickLock Pro adjustability

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5 5

Way better than expected

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Before I bought these, I already had some bad experiences with adjustable trekking/skiing poles. I admit I've never paid much for them, but they did not hold up even to their value, so I stuck with regular skiing poles for some time, but then I started to tour more, and I started to look back at adjustable poles again. I believe BD makes pretty much the same poles with 2 adjustment points, but I decided that a single point should make them more durable. Durability is always my first concern. Anyways, I took them with me everywhere this winter, skiing both in resorts and backcountry. I am happy to report that they're alive and well. Fliplock worked great, never got frozen. They do scratch pretty easily, so their pretty look fades away rather quick, but I guess it is just a matter of what one likes. I like them scratched :)

+ Durable,
+ Fliplock does not freeze
+ Great powder baskets
+ Pole's tip is *NOT* mounted on some plastic, so no need to worry about breaking it by using your ski pole to change binding's mode

- None observed.

Deep day certified

Deep day certified

The big powder baskets on these are great for even the deepest of days in the Wasatch

5 5

Good Poles

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

How many times have you ever thought “Man I totally would have skied that, but my ski poles were slowing me down.” Me neither. But if you ever did these would be the poles for you. Love the adjustable-ness and the powder baskets.

5 5

Good value and construction

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been ski touring with BD Traverses for many years and just upgraded to the latest model. I have been happy with the new Flic-loc system as they are not that prone to icing. The swing weight is excellent and the powder basket is great on the deep days. I like the shaft grip on this model better than previous models since it doesn't slip as much on really cold days. I am happy to report that they seem to hold up just as well as my older models even after several long tours. These are an all around solid backcountry skiing or trekking pole.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great for touring, solid, and easy to use. I also happen to think they are a lovely shade of orange, easily sorted out in the back of the truck and fished out of the snow. These were purchased for my husband, and have seen a few years use, mine are a few years older and adjust like they are brand new. Wrist straps are easy to use, too.

4 5

Great Adjusting Trekking Poles

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These poles I got when I desperately needed new poles, we whet to REI to look for poles but they had no poles to choose from. So it was either a pair of $160 smith poles that didn't quite fit or $20 (with $20 off coupon) ugly orange flame poles that will probably grow with me until the day they break (they are really long.). I chose the orange flame poles . I have seen many people over the 4 years I've had these poles have the same poles except like really bent up and stuff, so I don't know how they got theirs that way, but mine minus a few scratches (I got this year from a big crash I had) have been perfect. I do think Black Diamond should change a few things though put out more girly designs so these poles would interest me more to pick them up in the first place and add holes at the top for knuckle guards because I really want to add them but there is no where to put them. Other than that these poles are pretty good. Nothing fancy just plain ski poles.