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   
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Pros Simple design, good durability, comfortable gripScraper 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 adjustment
Cons Sluggish swing weight, doesn't pack as small as we hopedSecondary 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 transition
Bottom Line An unremarkable 3-section backcountry ski pole, but can double as a trekking poleThe 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 skiersA high-performance pole for splitboarders or skiers with some room for improvement
Rating Categories Black Diamond Expedition 3 Scepter Carbon Black Diamond Carbon Compactor G3 Via Carbon Leki Tour Stick Vario Carbon
Ease Of Use (35%)
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10
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7
Weight (20%)
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8
5
6
Durability (15%)
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8
6
Packed Size (15%)
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3
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8
Comfort (15%)
7
10
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Specs Black Diamond... Scepter Carbon Black Diamond... G3 Via Carbon Leki Tour Stick...
Size Tested 140 cm 145 cm 120 cm 145 cm 135 cm
Measured Weight Per Pair (oz) 19 oz 19 oz 18 oz 20 oz 19 oz
Shaft Material Aluminum Carbon, aluminum Carbon fiber Carbon Carbon, aluminum
Min Length (cm) 62 cm 105 cm 120 cm 115 cm 115 cm
Max Length (cm) 140 cm 145 cm 120 cm 145 cm 135 cm
Pole Design Double Adjustable Adjustable Z-Pole Adjustable Adjustable
Locking Mechanism Dual Flick Lock Plastic Lever Z-Pole Twist Lock Speed Lock 2
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