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When backcountry days outnumber work days, trust the Traverse.

The Black Diamond Traverse Ski Pole is the classic adjustable backcountry pole for day-in-day-out backcountry touring. This durable and lightweight aluminum workhorse features BD’s Efficent Series Grip with a fluted interior to trim ounces and an aggressive hooked shape for adjusting buckles and heel risers. FlickLock adjustability lets you easily tweak the length for skinning up or going down, and the grip extensions let you choke up when needed.

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5 5

Lots of advantages

Powder baskets, check, adjustability, check, upper mid shaft grip, check. This pole has just what you need for backcountry tours, and they won't break the bank. A very good option, and I've had no options with breakage or wear as reported by others.

5 5

Why get anything else?

  • Gender: Male

For the price, these cant be beat. Sure, you could spend 3X as much and get carbon poles, but I don't think it is necessary. I am 6ft, and got the 41-61in. My wife is 5'6'' and got the 37-57in length. Love the rubber grips and the large basket. The only problem I have had with the locking mechanism is it sometimes freezing. I had to use all my strength do get these suckers apart when it was 10-15 (F) degrees out. That has only happened twice out of the hundred times using them.

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5 5

Great poles!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

What is there to say, can't find any bad this to say about these poles. Super easy to make them longer/shorter and the grip fits my hands perfectly.
Great for backcountry skiing and in the park when they don't have to be all that long.

3 5

Good not great!

Good pole for the price. Easy adjustment and seems fairly sturdy. The plastic grips need to be softer & baskets are to big.

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Mine came with a smaller basket for trekking and a powder basket for skiing. Have you tried the BD Trail Trekking pole? they have softer grips, great for spring skiing without gloves and touring\hiking

5 5

My go-to ski pole

This is a really solid backcountry ski pole. I use it both in bounds and in the backcountry. It adjusts easily and is quite strong. I have no complaints and really like the additional hand grip for choking up on a traverse. One note, the large is a tiny bit heavier than the small – I don’t really notice much, but my fiancé does.

can you take the baskets off to use them...

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can you take the baskets off to use them as trekking poles after ski season is done?

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The basket interface should accomodate treking style baskets made by BD just fine. Though note,the tips are a little bit narrower than those on BD treking poles making the non-marking rubber tips incompatible without a little bit of duct tape. BD treking dedicated poles feature a plastic lined carbide tip that is larger and will fit the rubber end caps much better.

5 5

Simply Awesome!

I can't find a fault with these poles, I've taken them in the backcountry four times now, and they've worked flawlessly! Can't beat them at any price!!!!

Simply Awesome!
1 5

Very weak

Very comfortable and easy to adjust when new, but the lower part is far too weak. The first pole bent after a minor crash and the second broke in two after a more brutal one. I have never seen that with any pole before... Very disappointing!

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when is bd going to step back up to the plate and make quality ski gear again....!!! from a disappointed tele skier....

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I have had these for more than 2+ years and a ton of skiing days. Must have been a rough crash!

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Also, no issues over a couple seasons of use.

5 5

EVerything you need

And nothing you dont. This is my first pair of adjustable poles, and they provide everything i was looking for. Lightweight, smooth adjustability, secure lock, a comfy grip, and look good. boom.

5 5

Pole in one!

Look no further, These are simply great poles. Had them for two seasons now and i've rocked em really hard and they still havent bent & the adjustable lock hasn't slipped. Great for the steeps, pow & trees.

5 5


Great Poles - easy to adjust - love the grip stuff right below the grip.

4 5

Pretty cool poles

Very nice poles. The FlickLock system is solid. Easily adjustable and firm hold. Will take some abuse, but the aluminium shaft bends eventually. Remember to open them up (take them apart) after each use, and let them dry.

5 5

Great all purpose poles

Sturdy poles that are easy to use, I like the flick lock vs. leki's twist locks.

5 5

great poles make all the difference

I received these poles as a Christmas present a couple of years ago. Honestly? I ski better with these poles. Adjust them to the desired length easily with the flick-lock feature, and let 'er rip. I ski better with these poles. Period. Get some.

4 5

best value in a backcountry pole

best value. i use these and some aluminum leki 3 section poles. the lekei's are a bit stronger but these are easier to adjust on the fly and the extra grips are great for the way up and/or out.

5 5

First Pair of BD Poles.......Not my Last.......

Let me start out by saying......I "was" a diehard Scott man...my Punisher poles were my go to poles the past few years............but as my education and knowledge of back and sidecountry terrain continues to grow, I have seen the importance of having a quality adjusting pole like the kind that BD makes and is known for. The Traverse pole has super funcionality, nice swing weight, powder baskets, bomber flint lock system, and a great extra lower grip for skinning or traversing. Have I said yet, that these poles were an excellent purchase. This is my first pair of BD poles, but it will not be my last........great product.

5 5

Great poles

I have had these poles for at least five years. Possibly Longer. I ski 120+ days a season, have replaced several parts over the years and they are great and still going strong. Thinking about a second pair since my current ones are starting to look a little ratty after 700+ days of skiing.

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