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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.
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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award   
Price $89.95 at REI
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Pros Awesome primary and secondary grips, good locking mechanisms, durableScraper handle, great locking mechanism, lightweightPacks very short and slender, lightweight, simple and fast to useFunctional hook on the grip, durable, comfortableSimple design, good durability, comfortable grip
Cons On the heavier side, doesn't pack smallSecondary 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 othersSluggish swing weight, doesn't pack as small as we hoped
Bottom Line The best value in a backcountry ski pole, hands downThe best backcountry ski pole on the marketThe right choice for splitboarding, this pair is simple to use and packs smallA great backcountry ski pole for most users, and runner-up to our favorite overall for skiersAn unremarkable 3-section backcountry ski pole, but can double as a trekking pole
Rating Categories Black Diamond Traverse Scepter Carbon Black Diamond Carbon Compactor G3 Via Carbon Black Diamond Expedition 3
Ease Of Use (35%)
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10
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7
Weight (20%)
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6
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6
Durability (15%)
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Packed Size (15%)
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Comfort (15%)
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Specs Black Diamond... Scepter Carbon Black Diamond... G3 Via Carbon Black Diamond...
Size Tested 155 cm 145 cm 120 cm 145 cm 140 cm
Measured Weight Per Pair (oz) 21 oz 19 oz 18 oz 20 oz 19 oz
Shaft Material Aluminum Carbon, aluminum Carbon fiber Carbon Aluminum
Min Length (cm) 105 cm 105 cm 120 cm 115 cm 62 cm
Max Length (cm) 155 cm 145 cm 120 cm 145 cm 140 cm
Pole Design Adjustable Adjustable Z-Pole Adjustable Double Adjustable
Locking Mechanism Flick Lock Plastic Lever Z-Pole Twist Lock Dual Flick Lock
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