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Collapse it down for easy packing and keep it in hand for burly, committed lines.

All it takes is a flip of the thumb and you're able to quickly adjust the length of the three-section Black Diamond Expedition Ski Pole. Large-diameter shafts and large powder baskets ready this pole for steeper, more agressive lines and a lip on the grip acts as a leverage point for flipping buckles without leaning over. Take this pole when you tour in the backcountry or when you decide to tackle a steep chute just outside the boundary of the resort.

  • Large-diameter shaft increases rigidity and performance so you can plant hard on steep, fast lines
  • FlickLock Pro adjustment system gives you 25 centimeters of travel so you can dial in the proper height for the terrain with a flip of your thumb
  • FlickLock Pro sits low against your pole, and the dual-axle design and stainless steel hardware ensure long-term durability
  • Grip has a large-leverage lip designed to help you flip buckles on boots and climbing wires on touring bindings
  • Wrist strap uses a wishbone shape to help it sit securely and comfortably on your wrist
  • Adjust strap easily with gloves on thanks to the lengthened adjustment tab
  • Large powder basket means extra purchase in deep powder or variable coastal snowpack

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2 5

Possible design flaw

I purchased this version of the Expedition poles for splitboarding. To be fair, they worked well for the trek up hill, are lightweight and the compact design makes them a seemingly good choice. However, on my second run down, with the poles attached securely to the outside of my pack, one of the Flicklock clasps sprang open, and the lower section of the pole disengaged and was lost. I'd checked the poles after packing them, and they appeared secure when I set off. Considering what these poles cost, I was disappointed upon examining the Flicklock mechanism at the end of the run to find that the clasp seems to spring open with only light pressure. Perhaps I just scored a bad set, but this is a design flaw in my opinion. Not impressed.

5 5

Loving these poles!

I'm loving these poles right now. They pack nice and small for splitboarding and extend nice and long for my 6'3" tall strides. The locks flick nice and tight. I'm pretty sure I know what would happen if I was to fall on top of one of them when fully extended but let's not think about that...
great splitboarding poles

Loving these poles!
5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These poles are great for backcounty skinnning/splitboarding. The flick locks are great, they havent slipped, jammed, or broken on me yet; much better design that some of the other trekking pole varieties that have twist tightening. These poles are also great because they reduce in two places, which makes them short enough to store inside of my backpack if I want to.

5 5

Great for me

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These guys pack up so nice. Whether it's for the bike ride to the ski spot, or when a buddy offers a sled ride to the top, the shrink down and go inside or out of my pack- out of the way and no worries of getting stabbed in case of a fall. They're not the lightest, but they're pretty burly. With the three pieces they shrink down smaller than the traverse poles, which is what sold me.

4 5


After a season running around with these poles they haven't shown any significant signs of wear, besides normal scratching. They aren't super lightweight, but the pack down small and the locking system is solid. The only issue I've run into is with the powder basket. For some reason I am constantly losing the baskets, which might be more a sign of poor skiing but I had to buy two new sets this winter. I have tried everything I can think of to keep these on but I am littering the slopes with baskets.

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Consider wrapping a thin strip of duct tape around the pole right below the basket so it can not slip off with out all the duct tape coming off too.

4 5

Pretty good

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

Lightweight poles that collapse into a really tiny, easily packable size. I took them up for a day tour on Rainier last month, and they did their job just fine. Didn't experience any issues with the flicklock system, which was quick and easy to use. Only gripe is that they bent pretty significantly after I took a little tumble. I guess it's what you should expect from poles like these. Luckily Backcountry.com has an awesome return policy.

Pretty good
5 5

Nice improvement over the last model

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a very good back country pole with one major improvement over the previous model. The FlickLock Pro system is a significant upgrade from the old FlickLock system. No more having to worry about adjusting the tightening screws - they are fixed with no adjustment, plus the stainless steel grips well and seems a bit lighter than the old plastic. The flip lever seems a little light which raises a concern about durability; however, no problems so far. I bought these after having the previous model stolen and am pleased. Overall, highly recommended for back country skiing and snowshoeing.