Three-section poles allow plenty of adjustability  and the potential to pack down small onto the side of a backpack. They're versatile enough to use for summer trekking and hiking as well.
Awards Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award    
Price $102.49 at Amazon$118.97 at Amazon$124 List$149.96 at Backcountry
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Pros Scraper handle, great locking mechanism, lightweightPacks very short and slender, lightweight, simple and fast to useFunctional hook on the grip, durable, comfortableVery comfortable to hold, packs small for splitboarding, good length adjustmentSimple design, good durability, comfortable grip
Cons Secondary grip wears off, doesn't pack smallFixed length, not as strong as other polesLarge packed size, marginally heavier than other options, secondary grip inferior to othersSome play in the pole sections when extended, relatively heavy, expensive, slow in transitionSluggish swing weight, doesn't pack as small as we hoped
Bottom Line The best backcountry ski pole on the market.The Editors' Choice for splitboarding is simple to use and packs small.A great backcountry ski pole for most users, and runner-up to our favorite overall for skiers.A high-performance pole for splitboarders or skiers with some room for improvement.An unremarkable 3-section backcountry ski pole, but can double as a trekking pole.
Rating Categories Scepter Carbon Black Diamond Carbon... G3 Via Carbon Tour Stick Vario Car... Black Diamond Expedi...
Ease Of Use (35%)
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Durability (15%)
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Specs Scepter Carbon Black Diamond... G3 Via Carbon Tour Stick Vario... Black Diamond...
Size Tested 145 cm 120 cm 145 cm 135 cm 140 cm
Measured Weight Per Pair (oz) 19 oz 18 oz 20 oz 19 oz 19 oz
Shaft Material Carbon, aluminum Carbon fiber Carbon Carbon, aluminum Aluminum
Min Length (cm) 105 cm 120 cm 115 cm 115 cm 62 cm
Max Length (cm) 145 cm 120 cm 145 cm 135 cm 140 cm
Pole Design Adjustable Z-Pole Adjustable Adjustable Double Adjustable
Locking Mechanism Plastic Lever Z-Pole Twist Lock Speed Lock 2 Dual Flick Lock
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