The Black Diamond Expedition Poles are our most popular 3-section pole. Although designed as ski poles, they easily transfer to summer use as a trekking pole too, making them an ideal choice for those who want one pole to do everything.
The poles are constructed of a lightweight and durable aluminium, stiff enough for trekking and hard skiing but not too heavy. The three sections mean the poles collapse down smaller than 2 section ski poles. This is great for split boarders, hikers, ski mountaineers or snow shoers who may be storing the poles on their pack more frequently.
The FlickLock system is low profile to avoid catching on clothing or gear and provides a very secure clamp that will not slip even if the poles are wet. This is much more secure than twist lock systems. The grip features an aggressive hooking point for manipulating bindings and a dual density, sticky rubber grip.
Black Diamond Expedition Poles Features
- All aluminum
- 18 mm upper, 16 mm middle and 14 mm lower
- 4-season extended foam grip
- Adjustable 4-season wrist strap
- Touring Series strap with lightweight webbing and plastic ladder-lock buckle
- 100 mm powder baskets
- FlickLock Pro adjustments
- Compresses to 62cm
- 62cm - 140cm
Customer Reviews of Black Diamond Expedition 3
Not as sturdy as I'd hoped!
Had a pair of these for a year. Was fairly happy with them but then I snapped one of them using it to stabilise myself to prevent falling after hitting a bump while skinning along a track. It was at 140 cm extension, while this probably doesn't help the strength they are supposedly designed for it.
Warranty is only 1 year (it was 13 months old), sourcing a replacement section for a reasonable price in the UK isn't easy (it appears they are readily available and cheap direct from BD in the US only) and BD were less than helpful.
I guess poles do fail sometimes and the flicklock system is much better then turning ones. However, if you were buying these thinking the high price and weight meant they were more robust you might want to reconsider.