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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:29 pm 
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The major deal-breaker for me on these style of poles is the lack of adjustability and usable length. The smaller ones will only go down to 41inches, the longer ones 45inches!!!

Ever try booting up something steep with 41inch poles??? No thank you! You'd be better off using 2 section poles that go down to the 37inch range (still waaay too long and you lose the compact-ability for storage on your pack).

For sidecountry or meadow skipping I guess these will work but personally I need poles that are a more versatile backcountry tool with a larger range of usable length. Three-section poles go all the way down to 22-24inches of useable length. :thumbsup:

After 12 years of splitting, I recommend 3 section poles hands down. And for maximum comfort, versatilty, and safety...add dual whippet uppers!

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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:34 pm 
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Monk151 wrote:
few gripes -
2) can't use them as stub poles for booting up chutes. Shortest usable length is no less than 105cm (s). Too much for a stumpy guy like myself.


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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:04 am 
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H.R. Flufnstuf wrote:
Atlas 7075 Series LockJaw 3-Piece Trekking Poles

No reviews yet.
I'm about to buy BD Expedition to replace my old Leki which these Atlas remind me of.

Has anyone tried these and have an opinion?
Pounds (BD -v- Atlas): 1.5 -v- 2.4

FYI, just found this online, not the Atlas, but a Lockjaw with a good review:
http://peakmountainguides.com/blog/?p=777

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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:06 am 
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Cool features (inclinometer, snow depth markings) and detailed review but they left out the shortest collapsable length. :scratch:

I guess most skiers aren't concerned with that the way splitters are.

After doing a quick search it looks like the K2 Lockjaws only go down to 37'' which is waay to long IMHO.

I've said it a few times in this thread and I'll say it again, stop trying to reinvent the wheel people! Hands down, the best collapsible pole for splitters is the Black Diamond Expedition pole. Its tried and true, super durable, super functional, has the shortest usable length, and has been the poles of choice by experienced splitters for years.

To top it off they're 30% off at our affiliate http://www.backcountry.com . What more do you want!


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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:16 am 
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It might have been you, it was definitely this thread, that led me to purchase the BD Expedition pole, and I agree - It is a great, maybe the best, solution for splitters.
bcrider wrote:
Cool features (inclinometer, snow depth markings) and detailed review but they left out the shortest collapsable length. :scratch:

I guess most skiers aren't concerned with that the way splitters are.

After doing a quick search it looks like the K2 Lockjaws only go down to 37'' which is waay to long IMHO.

I've said it a few times in this thread and I'll say it again, stop trying to reinvent the wheel people! Hands down, the best collapsible pole for splitters is the Black Diamond Expedition pole. Its tried and true, super durable, super functional, has the shortest usable length, and has been the poles of choice by experienced splitters for years.

To top it off they're 30% off at our affiliate http://www.backcountry.com . What more do you want!

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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:43 am 
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H.R. Flufnstuf wrote:
It might have been you, it was definitely this thread, that led me to purchase the BD Expedition pole, and I agree - It is a great, maybe the best, solution for splitters.


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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:41 pm 
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i really love my compators, no complaints

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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:51 am 
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For those of us that simply snowboard in a traditional way (No rappels, belays, crampons, hop turns, or no fall lines) I think the Compactors are brilliant.
On the other hand, if your snowboarding combines elements of climbing, mountaineering, etc... Its probably best to go with something more substantial.
Neither is better, or worse. It's a personal decision, so use whatever you want.

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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:13 am 
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Snurfer wrote:
Neither is better, or worse. It's a personal decision, so use whatever you want.



dammit snurfer, you're just too wise and reasonable... :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:02 pm 
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love these poles, used them a ton, only had one day where freezing was an issue.


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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:00 am 
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I like the idea of them fitting into your pack and not worrying if you lost a pole on they way down...but i never have room in my pack.


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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:42 pm 
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I had a pair of Trail Compact's that I used about 80 or 90 times and they were solid. One day I was whacking some build up off of my skins on a tour, and one of those c#nt's literally shattered. I was bummed because they had been everywhere with me, but I knew it was time to Whippet, Whippet good. So I did, but I also picked up some Z poles which are super short and good for corn and hard pack. I do like how tiny they break down and fit in my pack, and that kicks ass, but they definitely wouldn't last in deep Tahoe pow. No sir. So, I decided to Whippet into shape on pow days and take the Zorro's (as I call them) out during the spring and summer.

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 Post subject: Re: BD Compactor Poles
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:26 pm 
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Any thoughts on the new K2 Speedlink Poles???

http://k2snowboarding.com/backside-tool ... -pole-1213


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