Rated 4 out of 5 by Zack FlickLock troubles.
Bought this pole for long backcountry tours and downhill skiing. Love everything about it except the FlickLock system. When skiing through thick trees/brush, I've had the FlickLock get caught and open up on at least four occasions -- causing the bottom part of my pole to slide out and drop into the snow. This unfortunate event leads me to have to stop my glorious powder turns and hike back up hill to find my pole. Seems to me that if the mechanism was rotated 180 degrees (so that the flip part of the clamp is facing away from on-coming obstacles), the issue would be solved. Hope it gets sorted!
March 31, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Zachary Pretty good
Work great except that the powder baskets make it tough to get a good grip on steep icy terrain when traveling uphill because the basket hits the snow/ice before the pole point is far enough in to get good traction.
March 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Howard Excellent early impression
Bought two pairs of these for my kids, who are big enough now to have uses for them and will do their first hut tour this spring. I've set them up but haven't used them, because my 30-yr-old other-brand poles still work fine. But when they fail—they have a reputation for eventually failing, and I've been lucky—I'll probably buy a pair of Traverses if BD is still offering them. The grips, straps, and Flicklocks are all well thought-out and solid. Some users have complained of the weight, but any poles less beefy than these would be, to me, a liability. i like to use stuff for 30 years. Or longer.
March 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Rob flick lock concerns
Recently whilst skiing on an avalanche prone surface, my flick lock opened upon penetrating crust. Consequently I had to reapply skins in order to retrieve pole bottom. I had already turned grips so that flick locks faced behind. I have now tightened adjustment screw to superhuman torque levels. Unfortunately I have lost confidence in this design. Previously, they had only disengaged in trees even after I had flipped grips around.
February 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Travis Great backcountry pole
I wouldn't use this pole for resort skiing...mainly its not designed for that, but the pushing yourself along on packed snow beds these poles a lot. I worry they'll break. I use them to backcountry and they are great when the snow pack cooperates. When I skin I extend them out to 145-150cm. They flex a bit but give you great leverage on kick turns and up hill. When I switch to down hill I shorten them. I recommend a longer pole to have more pole inside pole...don't want to extend it all the way out if you don't have to. I have considered I'd use these as trekking poles in the summer by removing the basket. We'll see this summer.
January 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Greg Bomber
A quality no-nonsense product and nearly indestructible.
I appreciate the quality craftsmanship that was designed into the METAL flicklock locking mechanism. All other locking mechanisms in other ski/trekking poles are inferior to the flicklock due to their design or materials used
January 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rick Bulletproof
I recently purchased Black Diamond Traverse ski poles to use with my Rossi BC 110 skis and Rossi boots. I've put about 30 kilometers on the North Country Trail here in Michigan and find the poles to be very sturdy. The flint lock pro clamp hasn't moved a millimeter and the grips are quite comfortable. I didn't find a problem with the baskets falling off as had been mentioned in some reviews I read. The poles are heavy for kick and glide travel but the outfit was purchased to allow access to back country and durability is most important. I will cut back the excess strap at some point to fit light cross country gloves and the poles should be perfect.
December 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Patrick Great all-round pole
This pole is very nice. It is light, sturdy, and the adjustability is very slick. I have used it both at resorts and in the backcountry, it performs well on both.
It interacts nicely with the snow saw, and of the two poles compatible with the snow saw, this one is more useful. To attach the saw you must disassemble the pole, and this pole (having 2 sections instead of 3) has a longer "end" piece, giving you a longer saw.
Tip 1: I found the snow baskets next to impossible to "screw" on. The pole's threads wouldn't bite correctly and started chewing up the basket. Since they are made of rubber, I placed a weight lifting plate over the end of the pole and simply forced the slightly-stretchy basket over the threads and onto the pole. Keep pressing until the basket hits the stop, don't just leave it sitting on the threads or it will fall off. Be careful; make sure the pole is perfectly straight while you are applying force.
Tip 2: Keep the plastic clip that holds the two poles together. Stick the tip of one pole in a hole in the basket of the other pole, clip them together with the plastic clip, and- tada! Your poles are joined for easier carrying.
December 12, 2013