The best thing I've found for preventing poles sticking is to spray them with silicone lube a few times a year. Even if they freeze they'll still extend/collapse. Keeps the white oxidation from forming. The black diamond flick lock works great, holds the pole securely even when lubed. Hope this helps.
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:31 pm Posts: 46 Location: Easton, WA
When we met with BD last spring to preview the new goods, one of the first things we talked about was the pole corrosion issues. They definitely know it can become and issue, and the new coating is suppose to drastically help with that problem.
We used the older style for nearly 3 seasons, and like many others, there are now claw marks from pliers on the lower 2 sections
If you do have an older pair, like mentioned above, keeping them from ever corroding is the key. Its a little more work than just tossing them into your gear pile or closet, but in the long run it can make the poles last many more seasons. First step is to pull the 3 sections apart when you get back to your car, and dry them off. Moisture is the devil for aluminum! A quick wipe down is recommended. Once you get them home, leave them apart! Store them taken apart and they will never corrode.
Ours get the worst at the end of the summer, touring in the spring/summer in dirty snow gets tons of good contaminants on the poles. We collapsed them and left em for 3 months and forgot about them till it started dumping in October. Needless to say, we nearly missed a day of skinning because neither of us had a pair of poles
Joined: Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:29 pm Posts: 265 Location: Tacoma,WA
I will say after using them on a trip in early Oct to the SW chutes on Adams, I'm not sold on the new flick lock mechanism.
I was close to the top on an icy slope (forgot the ski crampons) and I slipped a couple times. The flick locks opened on me more than once. This never would have happened with the old design. The new ones are more streamlined, but may be a bit to springy IMO