Rated 5 out of 5 by Ryan Perfect Touring or Resort Pole
I was looking for a good adjustable carbon pole for work and back-country tours. Plus, a couple of examiners told me I needed shorter poles, so the Razor Carbon fit the bill perfectly.
We’ll start at the top. The pole straps are great. They stay open enough so you don’t have to fight with them to get your hands in. And once your hands are in, with the full loop design and a separate bar-tacked, stitched webbing piece that attaches to the pole you don’t have any tangling on bunching up on the palm of your glove. Comfy. Most of the grip is a softer, non-stick rubber, but the top has a super handy, hard plastic beak. It easily hooks testy boot buckles and flicks them open with ease after a little practice. No more awkward bending in lift line and saves plenty of wear on the gloves.
The upper shaft has a soft jelly grip about 4 inches under the grip that is handy for traversing when you don’t want to bother adjusting the pole length (though it’s crazy easy). The lower carbon shaft is great quality, and bends really far without breaking. (Tip: As with other carbon poles I've owned, when you get these do a couple of wraps with duct-tape right at the carbon, and basket/tip interface. With sharp ski edges always scraping the lower, it help save wear and tear and makes the poles last longer.)
Removing or changing the baskets takes some effort but that is so they don’t come off. Look at the treading the first time before putting the baskets on so you figure out how to take them off if needed. It’s pretty simple. The baskets are good and soft to bend when traversing. The carbide pole tip is strong enough and pointy enough to pierce the toughest ice, or for summer hiking over the rocks.
Now the FlickLock Pro clamping system. I’ll be honest: I had some problems. The FlickLock’s opened often and the lower pole fell out… often. However, I emailed Black Diamond directly, and they got back to me the next day. It seems that I misunderstood the instructions and the little screw adjustment not only tightens the clamp holding the lower carbon shaft in, but also tightens the tension of the FlickLock itself, so it makes it far more difficult to open accidentally. With that problem resolved, much happier. And the clamping system really holds the pole in place exactly at the length you set. No sliding or slipping at all. They do a good job and smoothing all the edges of the FlickLock too, so no sharp parts to catch or tear clothing. Also, if something does happen to the lower, (lost, broken) BD does sell the lower as a spare part.
Overall very happy with the poles once I got the one problem resolved. If you are looking for good variable length pole, you've found it.
February 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kirk Owned 2 pair
awesome poles. My 2nd pair (had the earlier generation). The only feature I would like to see is having the option of easily removing the pole straps as sometimes I like to utilize the handle end of the ski pole for pole tests for nowpack layer I.D.
February 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chris Best Backcountry Pole
I finally upgraded to the newest carbon flicklock pole after 9 seasons with my old pair. While the new version hasn't made me a better skier, I definitely appreciate the refined design. The new Flicklock mechanism is a substantial improvement - much more positive feel, lower profile, more secure locking. Also like the new grips that were updated a few years ago as well as the rubber nonslip grip on the shaft for choking up.
One note: the shaft on these is a slightly larger diameter than previous versions and wouldn't fit in my trusty BD flicklock snow saw. I think the added diameter is good for durability, and I was able to easily enlarge the hole on my saw using a drill.
December 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Morgan An improvement over the old version.
I had the old version of this pole and they were good but these are better. New flip lock is a lot more positive feeling and has no slippage. Adjustment is easy even with bulky mittens on. Poles are light and work great.
November 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cinghiale Why did I wait so long?
I put up with a pair of constantly slipping adjustable poles from another manufacturer (OK, it was Life Link) for years. The Razors are light, seem pretty tough and they never slip. Not as much length range as the old poles, but better in every other way. Happy, happy.
May 8, 2013