Diana L.wrote a review of Black Diamond Compactor Backcountry Ski Pole on November 6, 2015
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Not the lightest set of poles but they have some good features that I like. I had the earlier model and bent both of them in a fall but liked the that they pack down so small so I purchased another pair. For touring I also like that the baskets are big but with a cut out which is more comfortable against the snow. The strap design is also nicer than most being that it is a tad easier to insert a gloved hand that a strap that is one piece that goes in a loop with both ends at the handle. I was previously using poles that screw lock to adjust the length and they kept collapsing on me unintentionally which drove me crazy. The only peeve I have is that the cool basket design swivels around from the pole twisting (not the basket) - maybe tightening of the set up will rectify this. I used the earlier model extensively but this newer one just once. I don't see any major design differences between the 2 - maybe these newer ones are a little heavier.