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Black Diamond Whippet Self-Arrest Ski Pole

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    Be prepared for the only time you actually want to get arrested.

    When ski touring in highly exposed terrain or extremely variable conditions, a simple edge slip can become a life-or-death slide in the blink of an eye, leaving no time to remove your pack and grope for your ice axe.  With the Black Diamond Whippet Self-Arrest Ski Pole, you no longer have to resort to carrying a ski pole in one hand and one ice axe in the other in these extreme situations.  An aggressive stainless steel pick embedded in the pole's grip allows for quick and effective self-arrests, and the two-piece construction with powder basket gives this pole versatile touring performance on the mellow approach.

    • Stainless steel pick embedded in the top of the grip
    • FlickLock Pro adjustability
    • Ergonomic handle
    • 100mm (4in) powder basket
    • Item #BLD3526

    Tech Specs

    Touring, stainless steel pick
    Included Baskets
    yes, powder
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 15 oz
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Great tool, heavy

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

    I bought this for my husband, he says "I borrowed a friends whippet while sking the NW Pfieff. I slipped and self arrested with this. Not sure if it saved my life but it might have. Bought one for myself. Only complaint is the weight."

    Whippet Out

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The greatest piece of gear you WANT to invest in! If you're doing steep skiing anywhere in the world and don't want the hassle of carrying a full mountaineering axe - this thing is undoubtedly the best tool for the job. From steep couloirs to exposed bowls this is your safety in the palm of your hand.

    Whippet Out

    Whippet Good!

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

    Comparing this to the 3 piece carbon whippet there are a few key differences. The carbon whippet is a little stiffer than the aluminum one (3 segments vs 2), and more significantly it collapses much smaller than the aluminum one. The aluminum pole is about 3ft long when it is collapsed vs 1.5 ft for the carbon one. So, if the pole will be stored in a pack the carbon one is the way to go. The aluminum pole was about 1oz lighter than the carbon one. All said I am happy with it, and hopefully I will have a self arresting tool with me in more situations.

    Recall vs New Head -> go check yours

    The head on the bottom had been recalled by BD. See the notch I'm pointing at? That could be a stress riser and cause he pick to break off at an inopportune time. If yours has the notch, contact BR and they will send you a replacement top half.

    Recall vs New Head -> go check yours

    Solid self-arrest device

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Well built whippet. Used backcountry skiing, booting iced mountain trails, and resort skiing/skinning for ~10 days this season. Construction is sturdy and hasn't bent or dinged on me. Pick has saved me from a slide a couple times. The one time I wasn't using it uphilling at a resort, I wished I had brought it as I fell in ice in the shade on a steep uphill and slid a good bit (not allowed to make switchbacks on steep resort trails). Recommend if you're hard on your gear and don't want a carbon pole, although it won't collapse as small as BD's 3-pc carbon model (this one will extend above/below your pack when collapsed)

    Steep skiing essential

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The whippet is a simple but brilliant self-arrest tool for skiing in steep terrain. It's sturdy and well built and only adds a few ounces to your kit. Let's be clear - it's not an ice axe and it doesn't replace one in every situation (especially steep, exposed, snow climbing). However, for the vast majority of lightweight ski mountaineering, it's plenty. It adds so little weight that you can bring it along if there's even a remote chance you might need it, so you'll end up bringing it way more than your axe.

    Remember that a self-arrest tool is useless if you don't know how to use it. Find a good practice slope and fling yourself down it a few times to get the hang of stopping yourself with this thing.


      A self arresting tool is key to safe travel in the mountains, and the BD whippet kills it. I just wish you could somehow stash or protect yourself from the ice pick when not skiing committing terrain, but you can't win them all.

      I don't always ski ice, but...

        when I do I bring my Black Diamond Whippet. I'm usually trying to sniff out the soft stuff, but sometimes that means you need to subject your self to some slide-for-life skinning, and in times like those, it's nice to have a tool to arrest yourself with, if you take a fall. The Whippet's comfortable to ski and skin with and has been with me on almost all of my spring tours. It's also worth a mention that the new Flick Lock Pro locking mechanism seems a lot more solid than previous BD locking mechanisms.

        Whippet Real Good

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        All around great backcountry tool. A must have when doing backcountry. Great usage as my down-slope pole when traversing. This is also very sturdy and strong for a 2 section piece. Way more structural integrity than my 3 piece collapsible BD poles. I highly recommend this product. Oh yeah, its also lighter than its 3 piece carbon brother. If you can fit this on your pack, I suggest saving the $50.

        When Things get Steep, Whippet Out

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        The Whippet is the perfect tool for spring pre-dawn ascents where it's nice to have a bomber hand hold from time to time, and of course a spike for self-arrests if your tired and dehydrated self blows a foot on the up or hooks an edge on the down. I definitely prefer this to carrying an actual axe on mellower terrain. Lighter weight than an axe and a set of poles, and it’s one less thing in my pack.

        Great ski self-arrest tool for skiing

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I have used the old BD Whippet for years. It has worked just fine. The new Whippet is a clear upgrade. You must remember this is not a real ice axe, if you need to self-arrest you must do so within a few seconds of your fall so you won't build up too much speed. I really like how well this new model is made. It should last me a long time.

        The one.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is the one and only, best whippet to use on the market. It's strong, durable, compatible with other BD poles so you can interchange the shafts, and is actually quite helpful in a variety of different situations. Whether your climbing short pitches of steep, hard snow or ice and just want that extra bit of added protection in addition to your axe or tool, or you want something for self-arresting, I really like this whippet. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the carbon options. I prefer to have something that feels a little stronger, has a bit more weight behind it when you need to use it. And I like that. Many people gripe about using a whippet but I have found many usual situations when I've been stoked to have the added points of contact. It's just a matter of personal opinion.

        The one.

        Great Price!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I'm not a fan of the handle and the metal going through it. On extremely cold expeditions you can feel the temperature difference between this and a trekking pole with a cork handle.

        Extra security

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        A great tool to add a bit of security on icy skin tracks or to give you a fighting chance if you blow it in a no-fall zone.

        Just remember, it's not an ice ax, so don't be stupid.

        heinously heavy

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

        i use a lot of black diamond equipment and never have felt compelled to write a review because most of their things are solid... i ordered this whippet to carry on easier climbs so i wouldnt always have to being the ice axe lets be serous with how heavy this thing is i can carry my raven pro axe and dynafit poles and its about the same weight and i have the peace of mind of a real axe i also own the black diamond aluminum adjustable poles i would expect the whippet to be a little heavier than the standard pole but its so much heavier i feel unbalanced when hiking all day and one pole is so much more i have tried to make my other pole heavier so that it doesnt feel too bad but its just insane to carry this broom stick... another reason i picked one of these up is my climbing partner has the black diamond whippet from a few years ago and the weight is acceptable between the regular pole vs the whippet over all not happy with this product

        Mt. Rainier Sharing of Tools

        Even the Rangers on Mt. Rainier love the Whippets. The great thing is that when climbing a pair can be shared with your buddy. These poles rule......enough said..

        Don't expect to rely on the Whippets alone when on Rainier, they're a great assist to your ice axe while on less steep slopes.

        Mt. Rainier Sharing of Tools

        does whippet pick come included with a sheath or any similar protection ? thanks

        It wont include a sheath, it has a small plastic piece that goes over the point. The plastic piece utilizes an elastic band to wrap about the back end of the ski pole.

        Bill Porreca


        I've noticed that nobody seems to have any concern about the potential danger of skiing with a large steel pick in your hands. Although these are recommended for backcountry only, I could see the extreme usefulness of these poles when skiing no-fall steeps in-bounds (wish I'd had one during a long, scary fall at Alyeska). However, skiing more moderate terrain with these seems dangerous, especially with other people around. Too bad BD does not offer a model with a removable pick that can be attached only when needed.

        On a separate topic, when do you expect these poles to be back in stock? Is BD planning on issuing a new model for the 2014/15 season?

        Best Answer

        The whippet will remain unchanged, they do make it in a carbon version. I usually don't ski with this on moderate terrain. I just am using my regular Black Diamond poles without the pick on easier terrain. If I know I am getting into steeper terrain then I bring it along and swap out one of my regular poles. When I am in really steep terrain I forgo the whippet all together and just ski with a true mountaineering ice axe in my hand. If I fall Ill drop the pole and actually self arrest with the axe. Since they are only sold as one they are kind of an add on anyway. We are getting more in stock.

        I've used a pick guard when using these in moderate terrain, and then take it off when things get more dangerous. I've used them in all kinds of terrain and taken falls, too, and never had an issue with gouging, with or without the pick guard.

        Has anyone hiked with these poles? I know...

        Has anyone hiked with these poles? I know they say ski but I like the self-arrest feature in a trekking pole. If not, what are the chances of a carbon fibre pole breaking while trying to self-arrest? Don't think there is any snow on my upcoming trip to Patagonia but I would like the added security.

        Best Answer

        I have heard of people hiking with them, although they are not intended for hiking, they will still give you the added security and make for a nice trekking tool when the going gets tough in snowy conditions.

        The great thing about carbon is that it doesn't bend like aluminum does. Carbon is able to withstand multiple impacts within a bend or break. I trust carbon totally.

        I use the Whippet for hiking and snowshoeing all the time during winter and spring conditions. Just a basic trekking pole with an axe attached! It's always with me on basic mountain climbs and on approach climbs before the actual ice axe comes into play. I have the older aluminum two piece. I cut down the lower section with a simple pipe cutter so the whole pole extends to trekking pole length, and then collapses down small enough to not resemble a ham radio antenna strapped to my pack! Really one of my favorite pieces of functional equipment and I don't ski.

        Is there a cover for the spike because i'm...

        Is there a cover for the spike because i'm afraid if i'm skiing inbounds people might get a bit intimidated by it.

        Best Answer


        The Whippet is specifically designed for steep ski mountaineering where you need the security of an ice axe but the functionality of a trekking pole. It would be out of place and a potential hazard for in-bounds skiing. With that said, BD has the pick protector to make packing your gear safe from the sharp edge. Check it out:

        As Micah mentioned, a Whippet isn't really appropriate for inbounds skiing (it could do some damage in a fall even if you wrap it up). That said, it does come with the tip protector linked above, so you don't need to buy that in addition.