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Black Diamond Compactor Backcountry Ski Poles

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    25 Reviews



    While you're all about earning your turns, you're not too keen on tacking on more weight than necessary. So when it comes time to get elevated, reach for the Black Diamond Compactor Ski Pole and trek onward—lightly. With a little help from a quick-release button, the pole folds down into three compact pieces that stay connected with a flexible yet tenacious cord (Black Diamond calls this technology Z-Pole), which also makes it easy to stow when it's not in use. A FlickLock Pro mechanism allows you to adjust the length easily, and the Compactor boasts reinforcements at the joints. And thanks to its­ simple and effective design, you can save your battles for the terrain at hand and focus on getting to the fun part.

    • A compact, lightweight pole for alpine touring
    • Burly yet featherlight aluminum shaft
    • Z-Pole technology assures quick and easy use
    • FlickLock Pro provides customized length
    • Powder baskets included
    • Item #BLD00KQ

    Tech Specs

    105 - 125 cm, 115 - 135 cm
    Adjustable Length
    Collapsed Length
    41.5 cm
    Locking Mechanism
    Included Baskets
    yes, 100mm Compact Powder
    Claimed Weight
    [105-125cm] 1 lb 6 oz, [115-135cm] 1 lb 7 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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

    They felt sloppy from the get-go. Then the plastic cable guide inside the pole kept popping out each time I pulled them apart to collapse them. Basically felt like I was using a bike where the front wheel wasn't really on. Not impressed, I'm going to try BD one more time with the Black diamond trail pro.

    Great For Splitboarders!

      This pole was designed with splitboarders in mind, as they pack down small enough to stow in your pack. The flip locks are solid and I've never had any issues with them popping open or slipping.

      The most packable splitboard poles

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love how small these poles fold up so I can fit them inside my pack with my skins and other gear at the top of my tour. I see a lot of complaints of these poles breaking but I haven't had any issues in the 3 years I've used them (probably 40 tours). All the other pole options need to be strapped to the outside of the pack or inside and sticking out the top. Those methods work but I'd much rather have them securely inside my pack and out of the way.

      Great at first but then didn’t hold up.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These started off great. Compact, easy to pack and I’m all about that. After two expeditions in a few months, I could feel they weren’t as sturdy. Then went to a local mountain when one just broke after moderate skinning. I easily managed with one pole but had it happened in the middle of one of the advanced tours where there’s some serious terrain for several days, it would have really sucked. I’d taken good care of them also. Ill be trying the expeditions on the next one as a friend had suggested. I like BD equipment but personally I wouldn’t give up reliability for convenience for this one unless there’s a back up pair.. Maybe for short jaunts or small back country trips they’d hold up longer but then the compactability wouldn’t be as important anyway. For that I gave them a 2.

      Exactly what I needed

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These poles were great for me. The fold up nicely and compact and they are very lightweight. I have used them a few times this year and they have held up extremely well. If you take care of these poles, they will take care of you. The basket design really helps these compact and fit in your backpack or vest.

      Exactly what I needed

      Easy to use but could be better

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      They are a great pole , A staple in any splitboards pack at this point but the poles like Gabe mentioned below could use some more redefining for future models. After some heavy use they will begin to loosen up a bit but with careful care after every use you can prolong this and any damage caused by constantly collapsing the poles.

      Cool design, but not my favorite

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've had these poles for 2-ish years and I have mixed feelings. I recently broke one when it got pinned between some rocks under some snow, and I'm sure BD would have replaced it, but I bought the Expedition 3 poles instead.
      - They do fold up to be really short in length (~6-8in shorter than Expedition 3)
      - Flicklock mechanism was solid and fast to deploy
      - Adjustable, great for touring

      - I really didn't like the rubber grips, they would chafe blisters onto my hands on warm gloveless days (Expedition 3 foam grips are better)
      - I broke them after 2 seasons---probably not a good choice if you are rough on gear like me
      - Z-fold makes the poles short, but they don't clip very securely to the snow basket; tend to kind of be floppy and awkward. Plus "triple thick" pole doesn't fit well into touring pack ice axe or pole holders.

      I ended up deciding the Z-fold feature wasn't even something I wanted as a splitboarder, because so often I keep my poles out to cross flat or rolling terrain on the way down. YMMV, but I like the Expedition 3 much better.

      Worked for 3 tours

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These poles are awesome in concept, but poor in execution. They were great for 3 tours and didn't give me any issues. After that, I found myself skinning up the skintrack and everytime I would plant the pole and go to pull it out, the entire pole came apart. I ended up touring without any poles that day which sucked. I ended up purchasing the Black Diamond Expedition 3 poles and are just going to have to strap them on my pack on the descent, but at least they will be useful on the way up.

      My compactor poles which I have probably had for 3 years have just started doing the same thing. I managed to poke the piece down to get it to work again but after a few more uses the one pole came apart again in the middle and it would not be easy to fix in the field. I don't trust these poles any more to perform and yes, it sucks to be in the back country without a working pole (twice this has happened to me just recently).


      Our coworker Dan Goodman has gone through 3 sets, with the same issue. Maybe you got a lucky pair!
      Update: The Expedition 3 poles I grabbed instead are AWESOME. Much more reliable, and strapping it to the outside of my Burton AK Incline pack is still totally out of the way for the descent!

      perfect for every splitboarder

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These poles are a splitboarders best friend, They fold up nice and small allowing you to pack them away and keep a clean profile to your pack while riding. Like most people have experianced after some use they do start to have issues with the rubber connection stoppers moving around in the pole and become a little shaky but over all i give them a 4 out of 5

      Great for backcountry snowboarding

        These poles are great for backcountry snowboarding because they collapse down enough to fit in a pack and not hit the back of your head. Most other poles dont. they are easy to set up and are pretty sleek. I am glad to that black diamond has a great warranty program in case they do break. That makes it a lot easier to deal with.

        Lacking Durability

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        For a long time I thought these were the answer for splitboarders everywhere. We could finally stash our poles before riding down the mountain, enjoying a hands free descent.

        After 3 pairs breaking on me, generally while walking on a flat skin track, I think next time I'll go for something else. To Black Diamond's credit, their warranty is awesome and they have taken care of me every time, I just can't trust these for long tours. While I'm all for rolling with the punches and skinning with 1 pole or grabbing a tree branch, at the end of the day, I need something more reliable.

        Purchase with caution.

        Weak n Loose Joints

          Loose joints make for shaky poles. Flicklock joint tends to slip up into the pole, requiring you to glue the joint back to the pole casing. Buy these, but buy glue too. I spoke with Black Diamond repair who told me this is not a defect and is not covered, which makes no sense.

          Weak n Loose Joints

          Just had this happened to me today while skinning up a rather mellow skinner. Had to skin up the rest of the way with one pole and ski down using my probe as a makeshift ski pole. Brought it to the BD store and they said they'll likely get me a new pair.

          Unreliable Design, Do Not Buy

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          The idea behind these poles is great, as is not having to strap poles to your pack, but they are so prone to failure that they cannot be trusted in the backcountry. I had to turn back on 2 tours due to the internal folding mechanism getting stuck where it shouldn't, rendering them totally unusable without a good bit of surgical work with needlenose pliers. I know of at least 4 other people who have had the same problem repeatedly, in a few cases it made a great day in the mountains turn very bad if not dangerous. Black Diamond has acknowledged this is a widespread problem and is sending people who return Compactors a completely different set of poles, why they have not recalled them is beyond me and makes me question any further purchases from them. On a side not they are also crazy heavy and flex a ton. Bottom line DO NOT buy these!

          Great concept, not durable.

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Bought new and used just a few times this season. Break down great and very compact and simple to assemble. But, the sleeve in one of the sections broke after just a few days. These are way too expensive to not even last a season.

          The Best

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Great poles for split boarding. Pretty light weight and sturdy. I've used them a ton and I have been very happy with them. I tend to find myself liking a lot of black diamond products

          No issues for me

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I've not had any problems like the other reviews. I'm only using for splitboarding and use the longer version for my 5'11" height.