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Ride sketchy stuff more safely with the Black Diamond Whippet Ski Pole in your hand.

The Black Diamond Whippet Self-Arrest Ski Pole gives you a bit of extra security when you ski lines where a fall can mean the end of your season—or worse. The ice axe head helps you self arrest if you slip in the no-fall zone or if your buddy drops into a crevasse during a ski-mountaineering trip. Black Diamond's Whippet Pole has become a standard piece of gear for everything from local gnar to Himalayan steeps. *SOLD INDIVIDUALLY*

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4 5

Spectacular invention

One of these may not stop your typical slide for life but they are the perfect tool when you find yourself on an easily accomplished bootpack with enough exposure to make you think twice about it. Highly recommended for great ski adventure!

Spectacular invention
Whippet and Trail Back swap

Whippet and Trail Back swap

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not much difference in length after swap

Frankenstien poles

Frankenstien poles

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Swapped lowers from my BD Trail Back poles to the Whippet. No tools, no cutting, no effort, all awesome!

5 5

What else is there?

This is the most awesome tool for ski mountaineers who ski in no-fall terrain. The only thing I wish it had would be a lockback mechanism like a knife...Have at it BD!!! There is no other way to ski comfortably with the confidence that you can pole plant and self arrest at any time.

5 5

So versatile!

Such a versatile tool for so many pursuits.

5 5

a lot of extra security

I was actually pretty amazed at how instincts took over and i rolled and planted this baby in the snow. My fall was in spring corn on a steep slope, though not a no-fall zone. The spring corn was obviously very receptive and had I been on something a little more bullet proof the fall may not have been so routine. Regardless, the utility of this tool is unsurpassed. I know many want to keep the tip covered on the down to avoid impalement, but i'd argue it's the most vital time to carry a whippet in the ready position.

Carry these in all of your mountaineering pursuits as a safety measure and a life saver in the event that you do fall.

a lot of extra security
4 5

Critical Piece

The whippet is a handy tool to have by your side at all times in the backcountry. It may not be necessary in mellow terrain, but you never know when it might be needed. Perfect for a little extra help in climbing that last leg of a big peak! Be safe and enjoy.

5 5

multi-use = less weight

This item is the best. Everyone else carries the weight of an axe, and has to put it somewhere on their pack when not in use. This pole/axe is usable at ALL times. It got a lot of attention from others on the mountain. And it's priced the same as the Raven axe. I highly recomend this item.

Some may prefer it to have 3 sections, to colapse smaller than it's present 39", but it's fine for me as is. Another great design from BD.

Has anyone tried taking off the top handle...

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Has anyone tried taking off the top handle and put it back on a different ski-pole? I would like to buy one to put on top of one of my BD Compactor poles so I can Use the pick while ascending a steep slope or for mountaineering.

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Not that I've heard of yet, but you can replace the lowers with a 2 piece from the expedition pole.
The Compactors are sick!

Check out the photos of the mods on here

http://splitboard.com/talk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=9041&p=88382&hilit=black+diamond+whippet#p88382

August 20th Splitboard Ascent/Descent of Mt. Adams

August 20th Splitboard Ascent/Descent of Mt. Adams

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This thing really came in handy on some of the icy patches on the descent, and even helped out a little on some steep, crusty skinning, even with the guard on. I've used this for summitting Mt. Rainier without skis in conjunction with an ice ax, as well as ski mountaineering on Rainier on ascents and descents. Great tool. Useful for pulling up the heel lifters on a split board, too, as well as grabbing branches or other objects. Use one most of the time now. Never gored myself, luckily.

5 5

A necessary tool for backcountry excursions

I waited until this was on sale before I bought it, but it is definitely worth it at retail price. A pole and axe combo in one, this is a necessary tool for anyone doing any sort of steep backcountry ascents. The pole is surprisingly well balanced when climbing and skiing. The axe portion on top provides excellent grip and support while climbing, and digs in fairly well. I haven't been in a situation where I've had to use it to self-arrest, and imagine it would be pretty hard to use it in that situation, but it's nice to know I have it just in case. Flick-lock adjustment is really easy and seamless to adjust with or without gloves on. Great tool for the up and down of ski mountaineering. Glad I purchased it and have it in the quiver of tools.

5 5

Necessity

Great tool, has saved me a few potentially nasty falls. I usually just use one and a regular pole. Works for thwacking alders, in snow, ice, rock, and mud.

Andrew McLean balancing Whippets

Andrew McLean balancing Whippets

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A good time wasting game...

5 5

Extra secutiry when you need it

After some steep tours last year I decided to buy the Whippet, just to have this little bit extra security especially while walking up steep hard snow slope with skis or on exposed traverses. I am totally happy with it - almost don't do a tour withought it anymore!
It is very handy to hold and handle- I really like the way they designed the grip. The pick itself is just the right size- long enough to grip even in relatively soft snow, but it was never in my way. I carry one Whippet and one normal BD ski pole, and although the Whippet is a bit heavier I never really felt unbalanced while walking or while skiing. I also practiced self belying with it and it worked really well.

Extra secutiry when you need it
5 5

I like it a lot.

I usually go backcountry with expedition poles. Now I take one exp pole and the whippet when I plan to go to the steep and exposed. I don't feel much difference in the weight between the pole and the whippet.
Bad: It's kind of scary to ski down with it but that's part of the deal. I cover it with the protector when skiing on the safe zone.
Remember you get one whippet for the price, not a pair, and it includes the protector.

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I was going to ask whether it came with a protector or not, but this review answered my question. Thanks!

5 5

whip it real good

this is an amazing tool, a little added sense of security when you need it most. fun to take out, great for both the up and the down. get one, they are awesome.

5 5

whippets rule

It is worth the cost to be able to go into "4x4" or "3x4" mode when you need to when hiking steep chalky couloirs alone! It really helps give you three good points of contact--a seriously excellent ski tool.

Mt.Baker-North ridge ski descent

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Put the whipet to good use on the climb
and ski of the North ridge of Mt.Baker.

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Giver....

In a whiteout....

Good work!

4 5

Black Diamond Whippet Self-Arrest Ski Pole

I usually just use one whippet and one regular pole on a really steep and exposed ski mountaineering
descent in spring conditions.Gives me a little more confidence on the no fall zones.
Just get rid if the half basket it pulls your arm a bit when pole plant..Also
backs up as a descent axe for snow climbing.

Black Diamond Whippet Self-Arrest Ski Pole
5 5

whippet good

when you are skiing a 45+ deg couloir that you wish was a lot softer, a whippet adds a level of security. i also use them when climbing a line i am not feeling anxious on. i dont think they replace an ax - i almost always carry a lightweight ax too... but only use it when things get real steep. the whippet is a great addition to you gear wardrobe, and it can be handy in a real pinch.

Also - if you want em a little shorter when collapsed, contact BD about picking up some different lower sections for the pole. They work well for splitboarders who want to put em on their packs (or you could just ski!)

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