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Black Diamond's new Whippet Attachment works with any Whippet Ready ski pole to provide you with added security as you navigate through steep terrain or descend in no-fall zones. What's especially great about the attachment is that it provides you with the versatility to use it with your Whippet Ready ski pole on backcountry missions when you're navigating through technical terrain, but it can also be easily removed so you have a regular set of poles for all the days in between. The ClickLock mechanism makes it easy to add and remove from your pole, and the durable steel pick will reliably sink into firm snow if you need to self-arrest in an emergency.
- Pick for added security when traveling through steep terrain
- Compatible with any Whippet Ready ski pole
- ClickLock mechanism makes it quick and secure to add to pole
- Item #BLD00UA
- Q & A
Good solution to the old Whippet
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Okay so I haven't actually used these yet, but I'm super syched on them. Many friends in the past have gone on ski trips with me with their traditional Whippet pole (non-removable kind). I have always been jealous of them on the climb because when things get steep, their axe is ready to use, right there on the ski pole. Buuut... then we have to ski down. And then I'm glad to not be skiing with pointy things aiming at my face if I fall.
So, this is an excellent solution! Just pop off the axe on the way down and they're regular ski poles.
Only downside I see is they don't collapse nearly as far as my other touring poles, they slide down to just under 100cm, which is a bit long to strap to a pack if you're not using poles at all. However I'm pretty sure the only time I've done that is when I'm carrying an ice axe instead of one of my poles, so... perhaps that won't be necessary now..?