The Black Diamond Powder Basket can be attached to nearly* any Black Diamond ski or trekking pole, enabling the poles to be used in soft snow conditions. The base of the basket has some small teeth to help grip in firmer snow.
*These baskets are a push fit, compatible with all Black Diamond poles excluding the Z-Pole Distance series.
Sold in pairs, price is per pair.
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Used with Black Diamond 3 piece poles in deep and fresh powder.
Pros: Easy to fix on, robust, large enough size to be effective under load.
Cheap, good value baskets I bought on a punt to fit my leki walking poles.
On piste, I gave them a hammering for a few days, and they remained undamaged despite rotating on the edges on the hard snow.
Off piste, they worked well in powder, and I think i will keep them on my walking poles because they also float better over Scottish bogs!
The only issue that I had is my ski brake got trapped into one of the circular holes around the basket perimeter - I may cut the small plastic links to prevent it happening again. Having said that, it's probably one of those "couldn't do it again if i tried to" problems!
I've BD Traverse touring poles from Facewest, which although some ski-tourers get a bit sniffy about two-piece poles, I've found the poles to be superb, especially the grips 3/4 of the way up the top section, which are very useful on traverses. However, a pole without a powder basket is as useful as a fondue spike-thing whilst touring, so having one (or two) spare baskets to hand on-mountain is no bad idea. I had a friend lose a basket first day into the Silvretta Traverse, so it does happen. So, a couple of spare BD baskets will always be in my spares pack.
I needed some powder baskets for a trip to Japan, and these did the job perfectly. They are a "standard" fit, so should be compatible with most poles (mine are Atomics and I had no problem fitting them). Facewest were also the cheapest place I could find them!
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