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Black Diamond Traverse Ski Poles

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Day-in, day-out durability.

Black Diamond's versatile Traverse Ski Poles are the trusty workhorses of backcountry ski touring. The Traverse's durable aluminum construction takes the beating that you put on them up in the mountains. Black Diamond's FlickLock system allows for quick and easy adjustments and security. Large baskets and lightweight materials keep you moving quick through deep snow, and Black Diamond even designed a grip to keep your hands happy on long tours. 

  • Aluminum touring poles for any backcountry objective
  • Adjustable length with secure FlickLock mechanism
  • Rubber grip extension for choking up on steep ascents
  • Powder baskets included
  • Item #BLD00KW

Tech Specs

105 - 155 cm, 95 - 145 cm
Adjustable Length
Collapsed Length
37 in, 41 in
Locking Mechanism
Touring Series
Included Baskets
yes, powder
Claimed Weight
1 lb 5 oz
Recommended Use
alpine touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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    Adjustments on these twigs are super easy to get that perfect feel for the kind of riding you’re doing. The carbide tips dig when you need them to and the poles feel very sturdy.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Never stress about these failing me thanks to the burly locking mechanism and solid construction. tour with these a bunch every year and I never think about wanting anything else.

    The Standard

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These poles do it all- lightweight, pretty durable, and adjustable. They're also reasonably priced. Used these for a season and will gladly get another next.

    Easy, standard backcountry pole

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These poles are a backcountry standard for ski touring for me. They adjust easily, so I can lengthen them for steep terrain ascents and shorten then for the way down. The clasp can be a little finicky at times, so just watch how you close it and make sure it stays shut.

    I <3 Poles

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Solid poles with great versatility. Very easy to adjust, lightweight, durable enough to keep up. The baskets are a bit tough to put on but once you get 'em , oh boy are they sturdy.

    Sendy McSenderson

      Solid poles with good durability. I have been rocking these poles for the past 2 seasons and they are still kickin with just a few more scratches than when they arrived. Make sure to seat the baskets all the way on before shredding with them and you also may have to adjust the tightness on the locking mechanism every once in awhile to prevent slipping

      They work!

        These are great poles, they're light and durable. The baskets ARE super hard to put on, but you just have to put some muscle into it. Make sure you push down and twist the baskets until they hit the top of the plastic stopper. If you don't get them all the way on they'll fall off.

        Good although could be better

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These poles are really awesome, but they do have some flaws that include the baskets are extremely hard to get on and they fall off when you ski. The clasp that keeps the pole at length does not stay tight for good you have to tighten it every two months or so

        Overall Good, Could Improve

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

        Over all these poles are great, they are a good weight and the extra rubber is awesome especially when boot backing or skinning on an uneven slope.
        There where a few things that could be improved.
        1. The lock mechanism is not strong, when I use it to release my toe/heel is not very strong. When I push to release my tech bindings the poles will often times short unless I am very careful which can be annoying.
        2. The poles baskets are difficult to attach, I got it on as good as I could and lost a basket on my first your.
        3. The pole straps are not comfortable if you are not wearing gloves, however if you are wearing gloves they work great.

        Aside from these complaints the poles are great and I prefer them to other adjustable poles I have used.

        Better than the carbon version

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I've skied with carbon poles most of my life but when it comes to touring poles, you really can't beat aluminium. Carbon 2-piece poles seem to snap when there's a light breeze so I finally got fed up and went back to old trusty alloy. Great price for these as well - my only complaint is that the the locking mechanism is a little weak. I tightened it up after a couple uses and it seems to be preventing slipping now.

        Snow sticks

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I bought these despite some of the negative reviews concerning the FlickLock, and so far have seen zero slippage. I think that really all you need to do is to tighten up the bolt on the FlickLock. I did that as soon as I got them and they have been flawless so far, and I am not gentle on my ski poles either. I think that these are a great deal, that are fairly light, and have the nice traverse grips.

        Locking Mechanism Feedback

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Love these poles, but recently the locking mechanism opened without me noticing on a lift. I got off the lift with the top part of the pole, never to find the bottom half. Any way to buy just 1/2 of 1 pole?! :)

        Poor design for Flicklock

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I bought a pair of the grey ones last year (2016) to replace a pair of the gold/orange Traverse poles that worked great for years until they bent too much and wouldn't retract. I regret that I didn't listen to the warnings of others that the way the Flicklock is mounted leads to it accidentally open. The first time I used them in trees, the lock opened when barely brushing a branch, and the lower barrel fell out. It was so subtle I didn't notice until trying a pole plant and then there wasn't a pole there! I was told the mechanism could be reversed, but it doesn't appear so and I wouldn't risk it. The pole has fallen apart on several other occasion, including when pulling my son along the snow to the lift. We own several pairs of adjustable poles and these are the only ones that do this. It is an unacceptable design flaw that is out of character for BD. Also, the lower grip on the pole (for choking down when on a steep traverse or bootpacking up a steep slope)isn't made of the same grippy but soft rubber of my previous pair. These grips aren't as comfortable as the old ones.
        I'm looking at replacing them with a pair of Leki poles (with the long lower grip) now that Leki has reportedly significantly improved their locking mechanism.

        Great touring pole

          I have had these poles for almost 7 years and they are still going strong. They are easy to adjust and have never let me down. I didn't think much of them at first but the thought of getting new poles makes me realize how great these have been. I opted for some powder baskets as well since we get so much powdah!

          Go Anywhere Do Anything!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          These have been great poles for me. I use them for both the resort and touring. The adjustment and lock system is pretty bombproof and very easy to use even with gloves on. The only downside is that they disappear when you forget them next to your car in the parking lot... I will certainly be buying another pair!

          good BC poles

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          These have been very reliable and they have held up thus far. The locking mechanism that is on this poles has been working fine for me and it is really easy to use. If you want to email me with additional questions then I would be happy to help you out. My email is

          Not like older versions of same item

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Used twice:
          Locking mechanism needed adjustment. Would it stay that way?(or would I need to carry a screw driver?). Never found out as they bend 2nd time out. Pole was simply not strong enough to handle a strong push when extended.

          Purchased a pair 2 years ago: locking mechanism is different and older poles are clearly larger radius(inherently stronger).

          Unreliable locking mechanism

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Bought two sets of these poles, one as a back to my original traverse poles and another for my daughter,. On first day of use ,the locking mechanism released and I lost the whole end of the pole. Had to hike, find and dig for the pole end. Now have to duck tape the latch thus rendering the adjustment useless. After this happened learned from other local skiers that they have the same issue with the pole and have written to Black Diamond about it.
          This never happened with the old locking mechanism on my old poles and absolutely love the old poles. Bought these poles at end of season and can't return them now. Very disappointed.