Just a quick word on the Black Diamond Carbon Compactor Z Pole… I needed some new poles on a recent trip to Chamonix and came across these super compact, light, pow bucketed bad boys in Snell Sports. They fitted the bill, with the most important criteria being they fit in my speed riding harness! I used them all week and they’re an absolute delight both up and down hill. My first impression was just how stiff they are when deployed. You can put a lot of trust in them!
Uphill they’re great, the only downside I can see is that some people may prefer an adjustable length pole for long traverses or steeper climbs.
They seem to be pretty popular with split boarders who seem to like compact size as it fits easily into their selfishly small backpacks.
When I got home I noticed one of the lower legs had debonded from its spigot. I sent BD a photo through their website and they sent me a new lower leg from Switzerland within a week! Top marks for warranty and customer service.