Best Splitboarding Pole
Black Diamond Compactor

Black Diamond’s Compactor poles are lightweight, but that’s hardly exceptional when it comes to touring poles and it’s far from the end of the story. What sets these poles apart from the competition is their incredible packed volume.

Instead of collapsing via some telescoping lock mechanism, the Compactors can fold up like tent poles at the press of a button. But, this considerable innovation comes at a considerably larger price than average. That said, some skiers and almost all split boarders would be enticed by the ability to securely stash their poles in a pack.

The Compactor’s build is impressively light. If you’re looking to optimize it’s also available in a carbon fiber alternative, though you lose the ability to adjust the size. All told these are a bit of a specialty option and will appeal much more to the split boarding community than the vast majority of skiers.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Things we like:

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    Top of class when it comes to z-pole builds
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    Appreciably light even for an aluminum build
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    Split boarders and traveling skiers will love the packability

Things we don't like:

  • check-markKind of a niche product that will appeal to our elite split boarding crowd
  • check-markAwfully expensive for something you’ll only use on ascents

Where to buy:

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Black Diamond Compactor

Specs & Features

  • 18mm, 3 section aluminum shaft
  • Soft rubber touring grips
  • Lightweight webbing touring straps
  • FlintLock length adjustments
  • Speed cone push-button deployment
  • Compact powder baskets

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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Top of class when it comes to z-pole builds
  • check-mark
    Appreciably light even for an aluminum build
  • check-mark
    Split boarders and traveling skiers will love the packability

Things we don't like:

  • check-markKind of a niche product that will appeal to our elite split boarding crowd
  • check-markAwfully expensive for something you’ll only use on ascents

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