Lavin

Lavin

John's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Lavin

Lavin wrote a review of on March 3, 2006

5 5

I actually have a different model, ‘Gradient’, but the mechanics of the pole are the same. The locking system is hands down the best I've used. The poles have been without problem or complaint while snowshoeing, skiing, backpacking, and day hikes. The weight is good and the locks are set and done once 'set.' I bent one pole slightly by using it as a pry-bar, that was over 100 miles ago and I'm still using it! I burned through three pairs of other poles in one year before I found Black Diamond poles to be the permanent solution. I now laugh at 'twist-locks' and other designs since I purchased these poles! Your only real decision is in choosing which grip and color you prefer.

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Lavin

Lavin wrote a review of on January 3, 2006

3 5

The weight and compression are great. I used it in heavy rain, it helps about as much as it weighs…zero. Not that it is designed for that anyway. Otherwise it does a fantastic job of blocking morning dew and snow won’t stick to it either. It’s excellent when used with a shelter, I'm able to use my down bag more often thanks to this! The tiny zipper is a pain with cold/wet hands, and the material has a "static cling" effect when damp. Great for the minimalists! BD has great customer service too.

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