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- Touring poles pair well with splitboards
- Collapsible design packs small for the ride down
- Locking mechanism adjusts length from 110 - 135cm
- Extended grip assists on steep skin tracks and tricky switchbacks
- Powder baskets built stiffer for flipping heel risers
- Item #UNN003Z
- Q & A
Pretty good, but they need a few tweaks
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought these to replace a pair of tried-and-true Black Diamond Expedition 3s. Having recently acquired an airbag, I needed poles capable of collapsing down small enough to fit in my pack (so I dont have to worry about poles strapped on the outside puncturing the airbag when deployed).
My 4-star review is based primarily on the powder baskets, which prevent the poles from being collapsed down neatly. The issue is that baskets are standard, in that they span 360 degrees around the pole, which makes it impossible to keep the broken down pole segments tight to each other. Notched powder baskets similar to the Burton x Black Diamond poles would address the issue.
The other problem is that the poles feel a little loose. I understand why they had to build some tolerance in to the connections/joints, but I wish they were a little tighter.
Overall, solid splitboard oriented poles that will serve you well. That said, if I had to do it again, I would spend the extra loot to get the Burton x Black Diamond poles.
What is the length of these when fully broken down? I need some that will fit in my pack not on the outside.