Black Diamond's trusted Traverse Ski Pole is still the go-to workhorse for backcountry ski touring, but now it has a more secure FlipLock Pro length adjustment system. 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.
- Aluminum shaft material keeps weight low without sacrificing durability
- 16mm upper with a 14mm lower offer plenty of stiffness
- Touring Series grips have a fluted interior to shave weight and a longer strap tab for easy strap length adjustment with gloves on
- Grip extension extends down the shafts of the poles and below the grips so you can get a quick, secure hold on your pole when you choke up on steep slopes
- FlickLock Pro allows you to adjust pole length with a simple flip of a tab which unlocks the lower shaft
- FlickLock Pro improves on the FlipLock design with a full stainless steel construction and lower profile shape, and the dual-axle design offers increased clamping leverage for security
- 100mm powder baskets help you easily push through deep days
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Great for hiking, too
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been using these for skiing bc, inbounds, backpacking, and trail hiking for three years, probably 150 days a year, and they're still straight as an arrow!
They're light, take the abuse, and they have no end in sight.
Beat to hell, still good
Black Diamond Traverse Pole in Canada
Perfectly Adjustable for a Spring Hike
Buy them now
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been using the traverse for 5 years and there is a reason why everyone has them. You cannot beat the quality for the price. 5 pairs among 6 people on ski trip this last season. No problems with slippage when locked. Haven't bent or even broken a basket. Easy to read length makers so you have no worries when you collapse them. The "probe" feature is nice but not practical. Grips are comfortable and the wrist straps are well designed.
everyone has them...
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These poles work so well and are such a good price that everyone has them and I had to cover mine in stickers just to tell my poles apart from everyone elses . My one complaint is that they are still fairly long even when compacted and that makes it a little hard to put in a pack, but since 90% of the time I'm out with these I'm using them its not that big an issue.
Touring pole. Powder pole
Great basic touring pole. Solid grips that can easily be used to lift up your riser on your touring bindings when you need it for steeper climbs. The straps are the most comfortable straps I've seen on any pole. They fit exactly how a ski pole strap should. And the grips below the handle is nice for your uphill hand when traversing on a skin track.
Even though they aren't the lightest poles around I use them fairly often when resort skiing on powder days because they are comfortable and have a solid powder basket.
This picture is from Snowbird, UT
Backpacking the Tanner trail
Grand Canyon packin'
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is the adjustable ski pole against which all others are measured. The new and improved grip and wrist leashes are awesome and extremely comfortable/ergonomic. Flicklock is what you want on adjustable poles. Nothing else is as good. I personally liked the old backcountry baskets better than the regular powder baskets because these can lever themselves out in hard snow and they are heavier, creating greater swing weight. These poles are not lightweight but a good strong pole that will get years of use if you don't upgrade to something lighter. It's worth it to ask yourself if you really NEED adjustable poles before buying these however. Another strategy would be to wrap duct tape and/or athletic tape about a foot down the pole shaft of a lighter weight non-adjustable pole. Then you have a secondary grip you can use when traversing that is always at the ready and doesn't require adjustment and is lighter weight. I'm 6" and I went with the longer version. I probably could have gone with either size but the longer version allows me to go longer when I want really long poles for traverses or long stretches of flat. It also makes for a stronger pole when skiing down since the pole is retracted further into the longer and stronger upper section.
Whether lift skiing, backcountry skiing, hiking, these traverse poles are the best. They aren't the lightest, but I would rather have the durability.
Great Pole for Spring Skiin'
All around best pole on the market
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I got a pair of these when I started Ski Touring and have absolutely fallen in love with them. They are everything you need in a pole. The flint lock system is flawless, grips are great, and the baskets are interchangeable. They are not the lightest pole on the market but when you are doing a multi day trip you need durability and functionality which these poles have plenty of. I recommend these poles to everyone from ski tourers to snow shoers.
Grip extension is mice and comfy when you need to choke up.
Here are the grips. Youo can see how the wrist strap sit flat due to the way they are attached to the top
Shot of the powder basket
Need some poles for my kkids so picked a pair up so I could hand down my old ones and upgrade mine. Nice decision. The little touches are nice. Grips are great and the grip extensions rule. I will say it is kind of nice that they come wiht the powder baskets. I did nlike the half powder have smaller....but at the end of the day always left on my powder baskets. I would upgrade if you get the notion.
Spring skiing with the traverse!
dual purpose poles
i have found that these are durable enough to use not only for skiing, but i also took them down the Tanner Trail in the Grand Canyon too. These are the most solid trekking poles i have ever used. BarNone. Easily adjustable length, comfy grip, and just all 'round bomber.