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LockJaw Comp 145 Adjustable Ski Pole
Saying goodbye to a loyal set of poles is never easy, especially as you reflect upon the thousands of turns they've initiated over years in everything from deep pow to bulletproof ice. Make the transition a little easier by upgrading to a shiny new set of sticks this winter—the K2 LockJaw Comp 145 Adjustable Ski Pole will become your new loyal companion from the skin track to your favorite in-bounds tree lines, with an adjustable length that allows you to adjust if you decide to take up telemark. A lightweight carbon upper saves grams when you're hiking, and the durable aluminum lower lends the pole rigidity and strength when you're trying to stay on your feet in choppy chunder. On deep days, K2's 95mm Powder baskets will eagerly accompany you as you surf through the fluffy white stuff.
- An adjustable freeride pole for charging hard
- Carbon and aluminum combination is durable yet light
- LockJaw mechanism provides quick, easy, and secure adjustment
- Powder baskets are ready for the steep and the deep
- Bubble inclinometer helps you inspect slope angles
- Item #K2S00IT
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
It is a light, good looking, comfortable pole for most conditions. However, when the powder is deep or you are in the trees, two details made me bench them for good:
1. The clamps come undone pretty easily. Good luck finding the bottom of your pole if it falls off in deep snow. Even when clamped very tight, brushing against trees or branches loosens the clamps.
2. The pole handle material is a sort of foam which makes snow stick to it and ice over. So if you put down your pole, or it falls, or whatever, and the handle touches loose snow, you will be using a pole with a slippery handle for a while. Additionally, when that crusted, iced-over snow begins to melt, your gloves will probably end up wet, and thus freezing your hands.
These two misses in particular are surprising, given the price and the focus on a BC product that creates more problems than it solves, which makes the poles unreliable in most backcountry conditions.