Originally Posted by jimintokyo
Just be sure you buy ski-use poles; BD's ``trail'' poles are useless for skiing.
@jimintokyo , please expand on what you mean by "useless," thanks.
I have been hiking, backpacking, and skiing with the same pair of BD aluminum "Compact" adjustable 3 segment trail poles for the past 5 years, probably 250 days of use, since I try to be a minimalist. Love the flick lock and how well they pack in suitcase. When I lost the bottom segment last winter, BD was fantastic in replacing it for merely $10. But this discussion thread really intrigues me. I understand adjustable poles are not as "durable" as non-adjustable and 2 segment stronger than 3, etc. But is this simply a theoretical consideration or has practical concerns?
May we also discuss aluminum vs. carbon poles in this thread also? How important is pole weight for in-bound skiing? Just for your amusement, I snapped friend's Gasherbrum II by a regular pole plant on a steeper hard pack run several years back, see photo. So I have little confidence in carbon poles, totally skewed n=1.
As I think more about sidecountry/BC touring, I'm now wondering: should I give carbon poles another try? Thanks!
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