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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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4 5

Nice poles, tad heavy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had these for 6 seasons now .

+ I've never had an issue with the flicklock mechanism.
+ The secondary lower grip is great when you're pushing yourself up from a fall.
+ Held up well to 100+ days of skiing; granted I haven't beaten the crap out of them, nor do I regularly bang them into trees.

- The swing weight feels a bit heavy (compared to my ancient basic non-adjustable aluminium poles). It may just be the beefy shaft construction or it may be the stock 100mm powder baskets, but 1) I'm too lazy/cheap to try changing them with the 75mm baskets, and 2) I quickly got used to the swing weight.
- They've gotten a bit popular in my area, so on the downside, there's a potential for accidental mixups. On the upside of that though, they're less likely to get jacked or "accidentally" mixed up.

3 5

Ok not great

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I like the poles ok, but they feel a bit weak if you put any significant weight on them. Grips and straps are good, no complaints there. I like that they extend as long as they do, since I am tall, but at 145 they bow quite a bit if you put some weight on them. 135 where I see at they seem a bit better. The clamp works well and overall the poles are nicely constructed and at a reasonable weight. I am giving them 3 stars because I just feel like they could have been a bit more stout. If that's not a concern for you then I would recommend them.

5 5

Stout, comfortable, good price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are quite an improvement over my old BD and K2 poles. The grips are comfy for thick or thin gloves, the lower grip may not seem useful at first but I find myself using them all the time. I especially like the straps which are very comfortable for touring. The locks are uber secure and easy to use. I wish I got the longer ones- if you are tall or in deep snow, go longer length.

 <br/> Stout, comfortable, good price
4 5

Perfect for what I need.

Part time skier and not very good... these poles have held up to my relentless crashes and comical falls. I'd buy them over and over.. but i don't need to because they never break.

5 5

Great ski pole! Get yours now!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are the best pair of ski poles that I have ever owned. All of the features that the Traverse poles offer make it very versatile.

First of the poles are extremely strong, already taken a few spills on them, landing right on one of them, and absolutely no bending or breaking. They are fairly light weight also. If you are looking for adjustable ski poles and think you can get by with trekking poles, let me save you some time, you can't. Trekking poles were meant for trekking, not for the high impact ski world.

These poles have some pretty sweet features on them. FlickLock Pro which allows the you to adjust the pole length is easy to use and very secure. Powder baskets make backcountry tours easier as do the lower touring grips make it easy to grab the pole wherever you need. I'm also a big fan of the wrist straps on these poles. They are easy to get into, safe and secure.

I use these poles in their shortest configuration for tele skiing and then adjust them accordingly for alpine or backcountry skiing.

If you're a splitboarder or looking for a pole with wider range of adjustment check out the Black Diamond Expedition Pole, Item# BLD3521. Or for an even stronger carbon pole check out the Black Diamond Razor Carbon Ski Pole, Item# 3413

4 5

Good Value, Great Function

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sturdy, light, durable, comfortable grips to get the job done. No need to spend more, this is a great value touring pole right here.

5 5

They were good, got better

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned Black Diamond Traverse's for a number of years, and was well pleased. And with the changes they made last year - secondary grip below the main grip, better flick lock opening - I am even more pleased.

The secondary pole grips are great for allowing you to choke down on the pole when boot packing up a steep ridge, chute, etc, or traversing a steep side hill, while negating the need to shorten the entire pole. I personally find this to be very convenient.

As for the improved flick lock, in comparison to previous years, the flick lock doesn't go from closed to completely open, which makes dialing in the pole length a little more difficult. There is now an intermediary position where you even after you open the lock nearly all the way, the piece maintains enough friction to keep the bottom half from sliding completely free, allowing you to carefully dial in the length. You can still let the bottom half slide completely free if you then continue to move the flick lock lever forward.

With that in mind, I have a number of friends/ski partners who have seen the bottom half of their poles rip out of the socket due to the flick lock lever snagging on a tree branch. This seems due to the position of the flick lock lever, which is almost completely forward on my friends' poles (my levers, for some reason, are shifted more to the side of the poles). The forward positioning makes it slightly easier for a branch to snag the lever and open it up completely. That's my only complaint, though, and given it's not my poles which are that way, just my friends', why should I care right?

Great poles!

5 5

Great Pole

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these poles. They stick in the snow very nicely and the large baskets are great for pushing yourself out of the deep stuff if you get stuck. THEY ARE AWESOME!

5 5

Great poles

  • 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.

5 5

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.

4 5

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

Touring pole. Powder pole

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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

Backpacking the Tanner trail

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Grand Canyon packin'

4 5

The Standard

  • 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.

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