Traverse Adjustable


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Traverse Adjustable
Manufacturer Black Diamond
Page By Bryan W
Page Type Jun 7, 2003 / Jun 7, 2003
Object ID 748
Hits 3635
Made of strong 7075 heat-treated aluminum and equipped with bomber FlickLock mechanisms, the Traverse poles have all the high-quality features you need… at a price you can stomach. They’ve got durable carbide tips, ergonomic grips and come equipped with the backcountry-specific Black Diamond Baskets. Strong and lightweight, you simply won’t find better poles at a better price.

Weight: 615 g (1 lb 6 oz) per pair with baskets.

High-performance poles at a low price

Dependable FlickLock mechanism and ergonomic grip

Lightweight and compact—collapse to just 95 cm


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Bryan W - Jun 7, 2003 11:06 pm - Voted 5/5

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Why bother buying anything but these. They are half the price of most other trekking poles and are just as good. After a year the tips show no wear. The tips do a great job griping flat rocks and very rarely slips. The flick locks are a plus. I would recommend tightening the screw to the flick locks to avoid the poles from slipping down. BD baskets do a great job in the snow. They are great for alpine approaches or just back country travel.

nartreb - Aug 19, 2004 10:53 am - Voted 3/5

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I had money to waste from a gift card, so I bought these for winter hiking.
I tested them out a couple of times in early spring, then they spent the summer in my closet.

Then one September day I spotted a small, oddly familiar metal object on my closet floor. A week later I finally figured it out: I noticed that the little carbide-steel tip on one of my poles had FALLEN OFF. In the _closet_!
That's just not acceptable. But I have to tip my hat to EMS. When I eventually (in December) stopped by to describe the problem they gave me a replacement tip assembly for free, without seeing the broken one or a receipt. They suggested I wrestle off the old tip and see if the new one fit (it was for a different brand). My pliers weren't up to the job of getting the old tip off so I just wedged the new sleeve over the old one, it worked fine that way for a couple of winter hikes.

But in January, on a four-day hike, I noticed a gradual slippage of the flicklocks (maybe half an inch an hour).
It's now March, and the slippage is getting much worse after just a few more short hikes. I think the poles will be totally useless before the time comes to stow them for the summer.

I continue to be disappointed with expensive adjustable poles. I think I'll stick with ski poles in winter and a broomstick or nothing in summer.

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