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Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Switchback

Manufacturer: Black Diamond

Your Opinion: 
 - 4 Votes


Page By: Sheets

Created/Edited: Jan 25, 2007 / Jan 25, 2007

Object ID: 2123

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Product Description

Supposedly one of BD's most compact trekking poles. As poles, they are sturdy and work fine. I have no complaints here. The Switchbacks never collapse when I hike with them.

However, since I bought the Switchbacks I've never been able to get the lower section of the pole to collapse. This is a problem only when one tries to take the poles on a flight.


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Tonka4 out of 5

Hasn't voted

I have mine for two years without any issues. They are a good value. I've not had any issues with the lower portion collapsing but I've heard it can be a bit of a pain in really cold temps. I give them a 4 out of 5
Posted Mar 27, 2007 6:20 pm

Holsti97Pretty good...

Voted 4/5

pole for the money. Top portion of pole adjusts easily. Push botton adjustment for bottom portion of the pole is tricky at times. May have to turn lower portion until it will telescope out. I have two pairs and am generally satisfied.
Posted Aug 10, 2007 2:30 pm

mcdonnellmsNice poles

Hasn't voted

I am a big guy at 6'1" and 225. No problems with these collapsing on me. They collapse short enough to strap to the outside of your pack.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 8:34 pm


Voted 5/5

I like that the upper lock is a lever rather than a button. For lower button, pull down a little, then push up to collapse. Comfortable rubber grips.
Posted Mar 1, 2008 2:36 pm

mibuNo robustness

Voted 2/5

After 2 years use the lower push button of one pole stop working. The pole's lower part fell apart. I fix it with a small screw, but that part never collapses. I like the upper locker mechanism. These poles are a bit too heavy compared to other products in the same price range.
Posted Oct 30, 2009 8:38 am

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