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Black Diamond Expedition 3 Ski Pole

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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

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

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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

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801-619-7490

caturner@backcountry.com

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.

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.

    Great Ski Poles

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These poles are great for skiing. Make sure when putting on the baskets you push them all the way up (I lost mine on the first day out this year). Great to be able to shorten the poles for travel. I am looking forward to using them in the summer for hiking as well.

    Better hiking pole

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Even though these are designed primarily for skiing, I find these are a better hiking/approach pole. These are solid and strong but a little heavy. The grips do get a bit slick when snow gets on them. But I really like the secondary grip below the top handle when the terrain does get steep and you need to choke up on a shorter pole length. The flicklock adjustment is solid as always and overall a good pole.

    Touring Essential

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    In need of a great ski touring pole, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg? Black Diamond has one just for you. The Expedition 3 has been a great addition to my ski closet. The 3 piece construction makes it adjustable for just about anyone, and allows you to tour anywhere…. All in a super lightweight package. An added plus is anyone that comes to visit for skiing can use these! I like that they come with both powder baskets and baskets for hiking, which I plan to use in the summer months on backpacking trips. I wouldn’t suggest these to splitboarders, as they don’t collapse quite enough to be carried on a pack- if you are a splitboarder, check out the Black Diamond Compactor Backcountry ski pole.