Detail Images

  • Black Diamond - Collapsed
  • Black Diamond - Traverse Ski Pole -
  • Black Diamond - Collapsed -

Current Color

  • Black Diamond - Traverse Ski Pole -

Black Diamond Traverse Ski Pole

Temporarily Out Of Stock

Don't get too bummed. This item is on the way and will be available for purchase as soon as it rolls into the warehouse.

Can't wait? Consider one of the other Ski Poles we have in stock.

View Similar Products
4.5521

21 Reviews

Details

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
  • Item #BLD007U

Tech Specs

Shaft
[upper] aluminum (18mm), [lower] aluminum (16mm)
Adjustable Length
yes
Usable Range
105 - 155 cm, 95 - 145 cm
Collapsed Length
105 cm, 95 cm
Locking Mechanism
FlickLock Pro
Grip
Touring Series
Strap
Touring Series
Included Baskets
yes, powder
Claimed Weight
1 lb 5 oz
Recommended Use
alpine touring, skiing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

  • Reviews
  • Q & A

What do you think about this product?

Have questions about this product?

A solid set of poles

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had these for a few seasons now. Each winter they get a few ski tours, some snowshoeing and occasionally used in the resort. I like the grip as its very tacky. The flick lock is easy to use. Any question feel free to hit me up.

A solid set of poles

Good set of poles

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These poles have treated me well for all types of skiing. For split-boarding and mountaineering focused scenarios, you may want something that collapses a bit more like the BD Expedition 3s, but for all my skiing these have worked great. The baskets were a little weird to put on at first, you just have to make sure they are threaded correctly then crank them until they cant turn any more. Definitely my go to poles for ski touring.

Good Functionality but a little flimsy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These poles work great. The flicklock system is flawless and the handles and straps are comfortable. My only gripe is they seem a little flimsier that the older models (brushed bare aluminum versus the new, powdercoated aluminum version). I snapped one while skiing some trees, and I thought it snapped a little easier than I would have expected. That being said, replacement lowers are pretty cheap (12$ from BD I believe) and at a certain point no matter how well made they are, they will snap (or you will be carrying a heavy lead pipe around). All in all, good product for the price.

Gotta go up to get down!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my new go-to poles for any type of skiing. I got them for ski touring because I like to tour up with a longer pole than I ski down with, and these are very easy to adjust on the fly. They are nice and light have held up for an entire season of backcountry and resort skiing without any issues. If you are looking for a solid, adjustable ski pole that just so happens to be very affordable, then these are the poles for you.



Please contact me directly if you have any questions about these ski poles or any other ski gear on our site.

Gotta go up to get down!

The tourer's choice

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The poles are perfect for touring any terrain. I took these beauts up Suicide Chute for my first ride, and they held up on every section of the skinner. The first part, low angle and straightup, I noticed how sturdy these poles help up. The FlickLock didn't adjust a millimeter. Black Diamond updated these poles to prevent any slippage. Once I reached the steep booter, I adjusted these poles down to their smallest length, and they felt ideal the entire way. If it got too steep, I could slide my hand down for the extended handle to keep a secure grip.



As for the ride down, I couldn't have been happier.

The tourer's choice

BD Poles for years.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using Black Diamond poles for years and my old poles strap finally broke. I was happy to replace the old ones with another pair of BD adjustables. They have a larger range of adjust ability compared to many other poles on the market and are very lightweight for the price.

I mean lets be honest you can grab a pair of these for less then some aluminum non adjustable poles out there. If you are looking for your best bang for your buck, especially if using them for backcountry on skins or with crampons, then I would highly recommend these.

Pokey Sticks

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Traverse poles have been my go-to's for 5 seasons. I bent the upper on one last year which quickly turned it into BD's elusive non-adjustable Traverse ski pole, but I actually had a spare laying around that I put back into commission. Pro Tip: The grips make great aftermarket shifter knobs.

Pokey Sticks

Flick lock not so great

    I never had an issue with the previous lock opening but with this newer design we have now lost 2 lowers in two seasons. I have also had cases where the brush or tree limbs have opened the latch causing me to backtrack and pick my lower up off the trail. Grip feels good and I like the traverse rubber on the shaft but the latch is prone to Murphy law when skiing the trees.

    Flick lock not so great

    We have totally lost two lowers in 2 years. There have been a few close calls with a lower that I had to backtrack for after the brush opened the latch for me and another time a tree limb tripped it open but I caught it while it was hung up on the plastic spreader at the end.

    Flick lock not so great

    Has withstood 3 seasons so far

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I purchased these about 3 years ago. I was skeptical of the flick lock system, but they have endured 3 seasons thus far. I use them at the resort, as well as for BC trips, and I haven't managed to bend or otherwise destroy them, which has been a shock. I've taco'd plenty...But not these.

    Nice BC poles

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have used Black Diamond poles for BC skiing for many years. My last pair lasted about 7 years of heavy use. I am excited because this new pair is an improvement on my last. I feel like the strap system and locking mechanism has been improved upon from their older poles. However, I am not sure about the orange plastic on the flicklock and how long that will last. I will report back in 7 more years and let you know.

    Something to hold on to

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Pros:

    1. huge range of extension / with measurements

    2. comfortable grips

    3. clamps never let the pole collapse when in use (clamps are metal some brands use plastic)

    4. very durable



    Cons:

    1. they are orange (mix it up BD)



    I have used these for 3 and they haven't let me down. They don't have much paint on them these days but they still work. The powder baskets are good most of the time. I like that they are flexible to not get caught on things but they don't have the rigidity to flip up my risers on my touring bindings. The carbide tips show little wear even though they have seen a lot of dirt, rock, and yes even parking lot pavement. Also the grips on the upper section of the tube are a nice feature. Worth the $85. I would buy them again

    Something to hold on to

    Gets it done

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My boyfriend uses this pole from resort skiing to a sun up to sun down day of touring and ski mountaineering. Although this may not be the lightest pole, it has held up to all of the tests I have seen it put through, plus the sliding grip below the main grips is an added bonus for booting up steep couloirs.

    not what they used to be

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I loved the old Silver anodized traverse pole, nearly indestructible, I still have a pair that is 15(?) years old. Then a few years ago in an attempt to shed weight BD decreased the diameter of the Traverse and brought out the Gold anodized version. Nice and light, though not quite as tough, I bent several lower sections over a few years.

    This latest dark anodized version (pictured here) is weaker still. Maybe a lower grade alloy? The lowers have been bending regularly for me, and I snapped my first lower section ever this year, it broke very easily.

    The traverse still has the best lock mechanism in the business, imho. But, I can't recommend these newer/weaker poles above any others on the market, which is a bummer.
    They still do the job, but not the highly reliable backcountry gear they were a few years ago

    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 :)



    Pros:

    + 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



    Cons:

    - None observed.

    Unanswered Question

    Does this pole have replaceable tips? One of my tips has worn down substantially after many miles of use as trekking poles and no longer grips well on hard ice. Alternatively I could replace the entire bottom section but that seems unnecessary.

    Unanswered Question

    Diameter of Poles: Black diamond website: 16 mm (.63 in) aluminum upper with 14 mm (.55 in) aluminum lower for The Black Diamond Traverse. Check the Specs for the shaft. Thanks