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Get back to the basics, one turn at a time.

Grab your skis, your avalanche gear, and your Element Vario Ski Poles from Salomon, and get ready to track down your next favorite backcountry powder stash.

  • Carbon and fiberglass composite shaft reduces weight, maintains rigidity, and provides excellent durability
  • Carbide tip resists breaking and stands up to repeated use in icy conditions
  • Adjustable shaft length from 100-135cm
  • Cork and foam grip for added comfort and reduced weight
  • Large, neoprene straps help add comfort and stability without digging into your wrists
  • Large, backcountry basket to stay on top of the fluffy stuff

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5 5

Lightweight and poles lock easily

I haven't yet tried these poles at mountain but by my first impression these poles looks great.Well there is no documents but despite so many negative reviews It took me just few seconds to figure out how to adjust the poles length and lock it. What you need to do is to spin both parts of the pole in opposite directions clockwise and counterclockwise to lock and unlock. once unlocked you can raise the poles up and lower to adjust it as one other review here mentioned. Simple and easy.

I will update this review if I find any issues later but so far so good.

4 5

Lightweight and Balanced

I'm a big fan. Raise the poles for the up and lower to go down. Simple.

Downsides? No documentation on how to adjust the inner nut and the straps do not lock when adjusted to fit snug. Duct tape holds them however...

1 5


I give this one star. I’ve been using Salomon products and skis for 17 years and this is the first time I’ve been disappointed. The poles are practical for packing but that is it!!! The so called locking mechanism does not work. I took them out for the first time in Austria and after one run one of the poles adjusted 5 cm. I used them for four days and this problem never stopped. On the fourth day edge of my ski hit the pole and broke it in two pieces.

1 5

Stay Away

Here's the deal: The poles are good - light weight and the strength of them has been tested and proven by my large existence.

What I'm far-from-thrilled about it the locking mechanism - it sucks, to be frank. To lock these poles I need to completely separate both sides of the pole and, through trial and error, adjust the piece that locks the pole, guessing as to where it will grip and lock. This piece is too small for the opposite side of the pole and, when engaged, doesn't sufficiently spin to lock the pole.

If the poles locked, as they should - then this would be a great product; unfortunately, they don't. I should mention that I'm on my third pair of this pole. #1 I ordered the regular Salamon Element because the Backcountry desc. said it was adjustable pole - it wasn't (12/28/10 Desc still says the non adjustable pole is adjustable: The second order was the correct pole - but did not get shipped with the baskets or pole end caps. #3 The poles don't lock... ughhh.

Responded on

I've had the same issue. However, I found out the adjustment that works.

Loosen the pole, separate grip from lower shaft and you'll notice the blue, expanding nut. Adjust the nut (you can the expander inside expand the blue plastic. Expand just enough to slide into the grip portion of the shaft. Don't force fit. Then slide the upper grip shaft to the lower to your preferred size and tighten.

If you have the problem, simply fine tune. It takes a few tries to fine tune, but the design really is pretty elegant.

good luck.

Responded on

Yea, I too was told to order these poles and was provided the link but when I got them in the mail they were not the adjustable poles. I returned them, but I must say I DID like how UBER light the poles were. For ski touring and needing a super light pack, these poles were fantastically light.