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You won't find better poles at this price.

Created for skiers and riders on a dirtbag budget, the Black Diamond Traverse FlickLock Poles are a high-quality, no-frills option for the backcountry. Like all BD poles, these are made of durable aluminum, sport carbide tips and are equipped with the dependable FlickLock mechanism which makes adjustment a snap (er, flick). The Dual density elastomer grips are good to your hands all day long. The Traverse Flicklock poles are light, compact and can handle any sort of backcountry action. A perfect option for the backcountry traveler who is already packing a probe or doesn't require the massive adjustment range of the Expedition poles.

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4 5

Perdy Good

These poles are light and the lock is solid. Don't know about the weird shape on the basket though, catches on stuff all the time.

4 5

Good poles

Work as advertised. Easy to adjust. Sturdy. Good buy.

3 5


Cheap, easy to use, 3/4 basket is sweet, grip is very comfy, straps are really nice.

Flimsy, constantly feel like I'm about to snap mine in half on steep ascents where my skins are beginning to slip or where I need extra balance. One of my friends bent his simply pole planting down a steep slope. I'm 6'1" and occasionally I wish that they were a bit longer - they feel even flimsier when they are extended all the way. Finally, when I get to a really steep slope I tend to switch from my poles to my mountaineering ice axe and stash the poles on my pack. These poles are slightly unwieldy to carry on a pack since they do not collapse as much as 3 segment types - they end up sticking way up in the air and knock around on my skis... Not the end of the world clearly, but worth mention.

4 5

Solid performance, could be tougher.

These poles are a good standby or workhorse for anyone who isn't going to ask toooooo much of their poles. They've worked fine for me while touring and skiing, and also on some low-angle mountaineering. They are pretty susceptible to getting bent if used to knock snow off your boots for example, and when bent even slightly, they're hell to adjust. The asymmetric basket design is a good idea, but the baskets often seem to drift. No biggie there. The grips are quite nice, especially the broad end for going hand-over-the-top, which is nice on those long climbs.

4 5

Solid poles

I've toured with a pair for a few years. Fallen on them, used them as tent anchors, generally abused them, and they just carry on working. The flick-lock system is reliable & easy to use too.

3 5

Average ski pole

Have used this poles for many trips both in the backcountry and in sloopes this winter. Found out one thing about them which is bad.. they bend very easy if u fall and land on them!! Not my first choice..better spend the xtra money and get carbon poles. That's what i am gone do next time around.

2 5


These poles are WEAK SAUCE!!!! The only reason they get 2 stars is because the half-basket create good conversation during safety meetings. Black Diamond's worst product ever...unless you prefer to duck-tape avy-shovel handles to broken pole parts to bushwack out of the chilcotin.

5 5

its a good choice

light, tough, great extend/constract range. affordable, flicklock never slips. All the cool kids have some.

2 5

Better bring 3.

These things have almost gotten me killed on more than one occation. OK, maybe that's a bit melodramatic, but when you're on a multi-day ski trip to some remote destination, a broken pole is a real buzz-kill. The aluminum BD uses on these does not stand up to much force. I have since moved on to their carbon or expedition weight poles and haven't looked back. Definitely worth the extra cash to prevent yourself the pain of trying to make a branch work as a ski pole for 25 miles.

5 5

Awesome poles for a great price

Lightweight, durable, and easy to adjust with gloves on thanks to the FlickLock mechanism. Perfect length for most people, but probably not long enough for touring if you are over 6 feet tall.

5 5

Great for skiing, splitboard, not so much

These are ideal for backcountry skiing or even skiing in the resort. I used them once while backcountry snowboarding and they were a little long. If you ride a split board, you're better off going with a three section pole. But for skiing or touring, they're ideal. Lightweight, durable and the flicklock system is pretty much the best thing out there--don't mess with camming poles.

5 5

Go for it

great poles-no slippage at all and they are super easy to lock into place.

I bought the black diamond traverse ski...

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I bought the black diamond traverse ski poles a while back and i tried to turn them into avalanche probes just to see if i could do it. the instructions say to screw the two lower poles together. how do you do that is there a website that will show pictures on how to so?

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You might have to unscrew some plastic pieces on the ends of the sections, then they should screw together. Ski pole avalanche probes are useless though, and you should buy a dedicated probe.-----------------The Traverse ski poles are not probe poles. The instructions you are looking at are for the BD Probe poles.

5 5

Great deal

Great poles, but make sure you add the BD powder baskets. Someone mentioned the screw basket as being bad- I think they are wrong in that it' makes for easy assembly, and they do not come off! It's really hard for the basket to come off even when unscrewing them. So, take my advice- GET'EM!

5 5

Great reliable buy

They rock. Simple, light enough, sturdy and simply reliable. For 65 brainer

4 5

Great Poles

Took these out on a 2 day Avy course near Park City. Really glad I had them - adjusted well, big help.

5 5


i am 12, i used these on a 3 day winter mountaineering trip, they were soo sick, i did not have to take off my glove to ajust them, the flicklock system never froze up even when i left them outside allnight, great poles

5 5


For the price, they can't be beat. Obviously, as with any aluminum pole, if you torque them with enough force, they'll break on you, so if you totally, like, shred really hard, bro, you might want to go with the carbon fiber.

I just bent the upper shaft of my traverse,...

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I just bent the upper shaft of my traverse, but black diamond only sells the lower shaft as spare on their website. Anyone know of a place that sells the upper shaft as spares?

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I did the same thing and called up BD's warranty department and they ended up locating one for me.

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