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You go through great lengths to shave weight from your touring setup, so why not pack a strong, light carbon pole like the Pure Carbon Ski Pole? Black Diamond built this two-piece beauty specifically for backcountry touring by shaving weight in the handle and utilizing a wide 100mm powder basket for plenty of purchase in deep snow. A grip extension completes the package so you can choke up and dig this pole into steep slopes when your ascent turns into more of a four-point climb.

  • Carbon shaft material is ultralight but still stiff enough for big, heavy lines
  • 18mm upper and 16mm shaft diameters offer plenty of stiffness
  • Touring Series grip has dual-density rubber in the palm and a fluted interior for weight reduction
  • Longer grip-strap pull tab hangs open so it's easy to reach and manipulate with gloves on, and the wide strap evenly distributes forces across the hand
  • FlickLock Pro allows you to adjust pole length with a simple flip of a tab which unlocks the lower shaft (flip the tab closed to lock the pole back in place)
  • FlickLock Pro improves on the FlipLock design with a full stainless steel construction and a lower-profile shape, and the dual-axle design offers increased clamping leverage for security
  • 100mm powder basket helps you easily push through deep days

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I've heard that if you get one good scratch...

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I've heard that if you get one good scratch on a carbon pole (and yes, I do slice my poles with my ski edges occasionally) the poles will break there. Any truth to it?

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Yes and no. No in the most useful sense, because all carbon fiber has an epoxy glaze on it that you'd have to cut through to actually affect the structural integrity of the pole. Even then, carbon fiber poles are crazy strong. I've landed on them pretty hard and they feel like they'll break your ribs before themselves.

That said, if you DO manage to gouge them deep enough to actually cut some of the fibers, then that's probably the point they'll break at. I'd bet that the joint between the two sections is actually the weakest link, but if you skied over that particular scratched section, I could see it happening.

Not something I'd worry about at all though.

Good poles

Good poles

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Awesome poles ... but they probably won't shave a half hour off your time. They didn't for me ...

5 5

So good

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

I've been skiing with the BD Traverse poles for years. I recently borrowed a friend's pair of Pure Carbon poles for a rando. race. Wow, what a big difference losing a little weight and adding a little stiffness makes. It's really tough to justify spending $140 on a pair of poles (probably the most abused piece of ski equipment I use), but next season, I might just have to.

4 5

BD Pure Carbon Ski Pole

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well designed adjustable ski pole for backcountry skiing.
Newer FlickLock Pro is bomber, I have not had these poles slip in length yet.
As mentioned before, the weight is on the heavy side especially for a carbon pole (4 stars for this reason). On the plus side, I don't worry about these breaking in the backcountry due to being overbuilt in comparison to other carbon poles.

BD Pure Carbon Ski Pole

BD Pure Carbon Ski Pole

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Basket/Tip detail

BD Pure Carbon Ski Pole

BD Pure Carbon Ski Pole

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FlickLock Pro Detail - In open (adjust) position

BD Pure Carbon Ski Pole

BD Pure Carbon Ski Pole

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FlickLock Pro Detail - In closed position

BD Pure Carbon Ski Pole

BD Pure Carbon Ski Pole

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Touring grip detail

BD Pure Carbon Ski Pole

BD Pure Carbon Ski Pole

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End keeper on Wrist Strap

4 5

Burly, but heavy

I got these primarily as an inbounds pole with the occasional sidecountry or backcountry tour.These poles are really burly and surprisingly heavy, despite being carbon poles. I wasn't really expecting them to be so heavy. Not to say they are the heaviest, but I've never used a heavier pair. The swing weight feels slow and lethargic to me. I'd trust them as a solid backcountry pole, but maybe I'm just picky, they're just a bit heavy and slow for my liking. Giving 4 stars instead of 3 because despite being heavy, they are extremely well constructed and everything else is great, so most people looking for a dependable, burly pole will like it a lot.

5 5

Best poles out there.

These poles have it all. They are light, strong, and have a large range of adjustment. Black Diamond has introduced a new flicklock this year which is very nice. I had a few issues with the old flicklocks freezing up or slipping but these are bomber.

4 5

Pretty Darn Rad Touring Pole

Good adjustment options, good weight and strength. not a flexy little carbon pole. Solid. Grip and wrist loops are stellar. The second rubber grip below is great fro traversing or hitting side angles for good grip without adjusting your pole every time the terrain varies. Baskets are good. If you want something similar without the price tag, look to the Black Diamond Traverse Ski Poles, same pole but aluminum rather than carbon, yet similar in weight.