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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 Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award    
Price $169.95 at Amazon$120 List$124 List$179.95 at Amazon$71.47 at Backcountry
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Pros Packs very short and slender, lightweight, simple and fast to useScraper handle, great locking mechanism, lightweightFunctional hook on the grip, durable, comfortableVery comfortable to hold, packs small for splitboarding, good length adjustmentSimple design, good durability, comfortable grip
Cons Fixed length, not as strong as other polesSecondary grip wears off, doesn't pack smallLarge 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 right choice for splitboarding, this pair is simple to use and packs smallThe best backcountry ski pole on the marketA great backcountry ski pole for most users, and runner-up to our favorite overall for skiersA high-performance pole for splitboarders or skiers with some room for improvementAn unremarkable 3-section backcountry ski pole, but can double as a trekking pole
Rating Categories Black Diamond Carbon Compactor Scepter Carbon G3 Via Carbon Leki Tour Stick Vario Carbon Black Diamond Expedition 3
Ease Of Use (35%)
8
10
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7
7
Weight (20%)
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6
5
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Durability (15%)
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Packed Size (15%)
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Comfort (15%)
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10
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Specs Black Diamond... Scepter Carbon G3 Via Carbon Leki Tour Stick... Black Diamond...
Size Tested 120 cm 145 cm 145 cm 135 cm 140 cm
Measured Weight Per Pair (oz) 18 oz 19 oz 20 oz 19 oz 19 oz
Shaft Material Carbon fiber Carbon, aluminum Carbon Carbon, aluminum Aluminum
Min Length (cm) 120 cm 105 cm 115 cm 115 cm 62 cm
Max Length (cm) 120 cm 145 cm 145 cm 135 cm 140 cm
Pole Design Z-Pole Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable Double Adjustable
Locking Mechanism Z-Pole Plastic Lever Twist Lock Speed Lock 2 Dual Flick Lock
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