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Black Diamond Expedition 3 Ski Poles

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    24 Reviews


    A do-it-all four-season pole.

    Black Diamond's Expedition 3 Ski Pole is designed to do it all, from skiing to hiking to backcountry sword fighting with the formidable sasquatch; ruler of the snow. Furthermore, it's made with tough aluminum and has dual FlickLock adjustability, so you can hit the snow or the trails with confidence and personalized comfort. It comes complete with small-diameter trekking baskets and 100mm powder baskets, as well as an extended foam grip for easy use on switchbacks and steep terrain, Not to mention, the Expedition also has an aggressive hook on the handle for flipping A/T binding risers and boot buckles.

    • A four-season pole for hiking, skiing, or sword fighting
    • Lightweight aluminum is also tought
    • Dual FlickLock makes adjusting to your length easy
    • Comes with trekking and powder baskets
    • Extended foam grip offers easy handling on steep terrain
    • Item #BLD00KT

    Tech Specs

    100% aluminum
    57 - 125 cm, 62 - 140 cm
    Adjustable Length
    Collapsed Length
    [57-125cm], [62-140cm]
    Locking Mechanism
    Dual FlickLock
    Included Baskets
    yes, powder and trekking
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 2 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, alpine touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Yet to use!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I picked these up the other day in preparation for winter touring. I am a big fan of the 3 part flip lock system. They feel like an upgrade from my compactor z poles. If only they came in a Whippet Ready version. I am sure BD will have those out soon with the new 2 part WR poles coming out recently.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I took the plunge and purchased these bad boys last fall in hopes that they would be more durable than my previous carbon BD poles. I used them heavily last winter splitboarding around the Wasatch (probably used them for close to 200,000 ft of elevation gain). I was super happy and had no complaints until this summer. I continued to use these poles for my addiction to trail running and peak bagging. Sadly with repeated use, they formed stress fractures in the aluminum next to the locking mechanism. Which ultimately lead to their failure. I would have liked to think that for a $100 set of poles I could get more than 1-year out of them. So if you are the casual hiker and the occasional backcountry go-getter they probably will work for you. But if you refer to your equipment as tools, not jewels and put things through the wringer, I would take a 2nd look around because I feel I didn't get the bang for the buck on these guys.


    Great Poles

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    If you are looking for a multi use pole that are compactable these are what you are looking for. The only down side I've noticed is that when you use them to release from alpine bindings they might collapse but you can tighten the release mechanism on the poles and that shouldn't be a problem.

    Sturdy pole, loose basket

      The pole itself is sturdy and light enough. The baskets didn’t seem to go on too well and I ended up loosing them both, yesterday, in 8 inches of east coast powder. I order a new set of baskets and some locktight.

      Dual Use Pole

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I use these for skiing and for mountaineering. They're good for both. I prefer to buy skiing poles for mountain hiking/climbing because they're usually cheaper than poles marketed specifically toward alpine mountaineering, and skiing poles usually come with a larger powder basket.
      One big advantage of these poles is the flick lock device for length adjustment. The old twist lock style never held up to much pressure in my experience, and these do much better at staying put. The other big advantage of the flick lock is how simple and reliable it is to take disassemble and reassemble the poles. That's an important feature to me, because I take the poles apart into their 3 section pieces and bury the sections in the snow as dead-man anchors for my tent lines. They come apart easy, and go back together without a lot of hassle. Important when I'm wearing gloves.
      The weight is about average for similar poles.

      My only complaint is that the snow baskets are a real pain to attach. They don't go on easily, and I don't feel like I really trust them.

      contest winner

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Adjustable strap is quick and easy, as well as durable. Extended foam grip works great when I don't want to adjust pole length on switch back terrain while hiking or skinning. Hook handle does what is needs to do on my snowshoes or ski bindings . I do need to tighten the phillips screws on the FlickLocks after each use for confidence the pole won't slide while weighted, but on a positive note I did win a javelin contest due to its great aerodynamics.

      All Around Tough

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      No doubt that BD always makes great poles, but I specifically bought the Expedition 3 because I'm a splitboarder. Most poles that break into 2 parts and while stashed in your pack they still stick out of your pack too high. With 3 parts, I can comfortably minimize the length and I don't have to worry about it snagging on a branch while riding a treed run.

      The toughness is nice especially when I have to thwack at my boot to knock snow/ice out of my bindings, smack a sticky skin or knock a dead branch out of my way on the skin track. Also, I like being able to slide my hand down on the upper side of a slope and still have good grip. Flitlock is the way to go! Easy to use while still wearing a glove.

      I've used this for bikepacking with a tarp too. All you need to do is remove the baskets and it becomes a summer trekker!

      Case Turner

      Expert Gearhead


      All Around Tough

      Love em!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Functionality and practicality. They're lightweight and packable. I use them for splitboarding and when I'm ready to ride down, I collapse the poles, shove the handles in the water bottle slot on the outside of my pack and they both fit perfectly in just one.

      Pick another ski pole...

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The goods news?
      - Collapses to a very manageable length for strapping to your pack when you don't need them.
      - Light weight - great for touring.
      - I really appreciated the extended grip. It allows you to choke up on the poles temporarily without fully adjusting the height (e.g. when you are crossing an uneven slope).

      Now for the bad ...
      - Continual collapse of the poles due to flimsy flick lock system. Every time I go to release the heel on my frame bindings, my pole halves itself.
      - Lost basket due to a very obtuse attachment method. Do they shove on then screw on? Who knows, don't ask my lost powder basket up off Chair 4.
      - Uncomfortable grip (no 'nub' for your pointer finger, poles are handed which can be obnoxious).

      I would just like to make some observations in relation to some of your cons:
      The flick lock has been generally good to me. I know that if I ever get a loose connection, a turn on the screw always tightens them back to original strength.
      Baskets DO need to be screwed and pushed on. I've noticed a few people who only screwed, and didn't shove the remaining way, and their baskets don't last. It's a common basket attachment.
      Poles are only handed because of the straps, but its more of a suggestion. I can use the R pole on my left and not notice a difference.

      Knowing how to maintain/assemble these will go a long way in overall satisfaction.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This is a reliable pole. It locks into place quickly and stays. The handle works great with my voile climbing ascenders, making tours easier.

      good pole

        I used this on my first tour the other day and the poles left me with a good feeling. Highly adjustable length for varying conditions, light weight, big baskets keep them from sinking. The only thing i dont like is that when they are completely contracted, the tip end does not stay locked and slides out about an inch before locking.. I thought at first it may just be my pair, but a few friends have the same pole & the same issue. Not a huge deal for me but it might be a deal-breaker for some.

        Great pole

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        While I bought these for touring, I've only used them so far for hiking/snowshoeing. That said, they are extremely comfortable to use given the adjustability. They feel are extremely light and pack up very nice and out of the way, but also feel durable and sturdy when in use. All in all they saved me on a long heavy hike into a Yurt the other weekend. As some of the reviews below mention, make sure you push the baskets up all the way. It took me a minute to realize mine were not on all the way and I could see loosing them a pretty easy thing. Highly recommended!

        Broke; Terrible Customer Service

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        These snapped in half under about 20 pounds of pressure on the fifth use. Customer service was impossible to reach (one 3-sentence email response in 18 days) and has so far refused to honor the warranty. Extremely dissatisfied, especially for the price.

        Unanswered Question

        What tip protectors work with these poles? I bought the BD trekking pole tip protectors but those do not fit the expedition 3 poles.