Shaun Raskinwrote a review of Backcountry Access Scepter Aluminum Adjustable Ski Pole on October 13, 2016
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have been a connoisseur of adjustable poles. From lekhi, to BD I've tried a lot of them.
Most fall short when it comes to icing up at the adjustment point, or the screw on the locking mechanism loosens at the worst time, or the bottom section falls out of the top never to be reinserted again.
But then I tried the Septor. A pole that uses a slick and easy to use flip-lock to ensure your adjustment wont creep or slip. After a season of using it on human powered outings, sled assisted tours and in mechanized guiding (which usually leads to tons of icing issues) I can say I am super impressed with these poles. I didn't find any icing issues and was able to adjust my poles at the top of my lines, avoiding the all too awkward and common one pole tall and one pole the hight you wish they both were scenario.
The powder baskets are just the right size to keep you from plummeting through the entire snow pack while still keeping the pendulum swing weight nice and light. This is one of my biggest pieces of criteria for a pole and many just don't get it right.
The grip is sweet! Having the ski scraper on your grip is so useful. Not only did I use it regularly on the skin track to keep my top sheets free of heavy snow, but I also used it to scrape the bottom of my skis or my clients skis to free the bases of ice that builds up from being in the cat basket or snowmobile. Another nice feature of the scraper is if you aren't using the pole straps, the extra long fin of the scraper actually helps the pole to kinda hang on the top of your index knuckle so you can still have a loose grip while skinning with out dropping our pole.
The final feature that I appreciate is the textured finish on the upper shaft. At first, was skeptical as to weather the texture was enough, since most companies put foam or heavy weight tape their (which all ultimately become encased in ice/ snow). But I was pleasantly surprised at how it actually holds a grip (check out the pic for proof. )
I have both the aluminum Septor and the carbon. I do use the carbon for my human powered exploits while using the aluminum for my mechanized outings. If your looking for the pole that will never leave you frustrated at the top of a line and promises to always be part of helping your day not hurting it, well then the Septor is the pole for you.