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Traverse Pro Ski Poles

Item# BD11157600001451
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    • 95-145 cm
    • 105-155 cm
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Our classic ski touring poles with a pro-level feature set, the all-aluminum Traverse Pro poles feature our redesigned FlickLock Pro, which is lighter, stronger and easier to use and an innovative SwitchRelease wrist strap with a lockable release function.


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From early-season novelty turns to mid-winter storms and spring objectives, the Black Diamond Traverse Pro ski poles are primed for any day in the backcountry. The Traverse Pro poles feature a durable all-aluminum construction with a redesigned FlickLock Pro, which is now lighter, stronger and easier to use, with a more durable, forged aluminum construction, allowing for quick and secure length changes. The innovative SwitchRelease technology in the wrist strap and a lockable release adds a measure of safety in the event a pole gets caught in bushes or trees. The poles also feature a ring for quick choke-ups in steep or sidehill terrain.
  • SwitchRelease™ breakaway technology strap
  • FlickLock® Pro adjustability—now featuring aluminum construction that’s lighter and easier to use
  • 16 mm (0.63 in) aluminum upper with 14 mm (0.55 in) aluminum lower
  • Touring grip with dual density soft touch rubber
  • Choke up ring for touring functionality
  • 100 mm (4 in) Powder Baskets
  • Indexed ferrule for 3/4 basket compatibility

Tech Specs

Tech Specs

Weight Per Pair :   556 g / 1.34 lb for 95-145 cm Length
Series :   Touring
Usable Length :   [95-145 cm] 37.1-56.6 in [105-155 cm] 41-60.5 in
Collapsed Length :   [95 cm] 37.4 in [105 cm] 41.3 in
Traverse Pro Ski Poles is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Lightweight Poles. Genuinely impressed with these. I am a pretty big guy and these poles held up like a champ. The flip lock stayed locked, and did not slip at all for me. They are lightweight, but can take a beating on long tours. I like the flip lock to remove the polestraps for touring. The only con I can think off is the baskets spin pretty easily making it hard to flip risers on bindings. (Easily fixed with rubber cement)
Date published: 2020-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always consistent One thing I can always count on with Black Diamond is consistency and quality. Doesn’t matter whether it’s ski poles or clothing alway a high level attention to detail.
Date published: 2020-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Poles These are better than my old BD poles in that they have a pronounced hook on the end of the handle to manipulate binding and boot levers. However, the hard, slippery material that the handle is made of negates the improved hook, as it it hard to get any traction on any lever, especially ones that need to be pushed, which my old poles could do fairly well.
Date published: 2020-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light but slippery It is a nice pole but removing the lower grip part from the older design is not a good idea. It is difficult to grip the lower part of the when traversing. It is very slippery and you can only rely on the small aluminum ring put there. Maybe the name shouldn't be traverse as it is not really ideal for traversing. Usual uphill and downhill usages are fine.
Date published: 2020-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great adjustable poles The poles themselves are great but the package insert explaining how to attach the cages is terrible. The cages kept falling off until I finally managed to use a lot of force and got them attached. Hopefully they are finally secured.
Date published: 2020-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy to use. solid only used couple of times but so far meets the quality and ingenuity and practicality associated with BD
Date published: 2020-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from daily driver I've been using the traverse and now traverse pro for a while now. They are a great all around product that stands up the demands of the back county and a the abuse of lots (hundreds) of inbounds days. I went with the pro this time because i usually cut my straps off and was wondering what the rip away straps would feel like. So far I can't tell if I'm going to end up cutting the straps anyways but I've been kinda enjoying playing with them again and not worrying about them ripping my shoulder out of socket when I wreck (and ohh buddy if theres one thing in skiing I'm good at its full send to full wreck). I don't really like the tiny rattle coming from the handle (the break away mechanism) but it mostly doesn't bother me. I also am unsure if I prefer the single ring for added grip as opposed to the traverse with the longer rubber grip. I might end up putting some sort of wrap on it. Other than those personal preferences, the flick lock pro does seem to be a little more robust and the I've been super stoked on these as a daily driver. I'm only going 4 out of 5 because I'm always of the opinion that there has to be some sort of room for improvement. But that's what the guys at BD are good at.
Date published: 2020-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from solid poles These are solid poles. The "pro" flip lock is bomber and well designed, and I prefer the aluminum construction over the lighter weight carbon fiber options for durability. I've had no complaints w/ the ring choke-up feature; it works fine for me, whether w/ big mitts on or light gloves. - Straps: If you're skiing inbounds and you like straps on, the breakaway feature is potentially a plus, but if you're using these poles exclusively for backcountry, they're not necessary because you need to be able to discard your poles immediately if you're caught in an accelerating slide. So why ski with the straps on in the first place? I only find straps useful for polling hard and/or skating. Otherwise, they're annoying. - A main complaint--the tops of the handles: I wish the surface were less rounded and flatter like a hammer; it would be much more useful that way. Maybe it's due to the breakaway mechanism surface on the tops, but I find the rounded top slips when pushing binding toe pieces open to release boots etc, and it also slips and feels sloppy when using them to punch the toe pieces open and closed to get snow out. I wish it felt more precise like the head of a hammer when using it for stuff like this. I also wish the edges around the top of the handles were longer and straighter (again, less curvature), for better scraping when clearing snow and ice off top sheets while skinning. As is, it's not the most effective for that. Otherwise, the pole handles do everything I've wanted--e.g. the "nose" does well for flipping heel risers up and down etc. Powder baskets: they get the job done, like they're supposed to. As for getting them on--just use some elbow grease. - Overall, great pole, bomber construction, and light enough for me. I just wish the handle tops were better for hammering/punching and scraping.
Date published: 2020-05-14
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