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G3 Via Carbon

Feature-rich and backcountry-oriented, the G3 Via Carbon stretches the limits of what a touring brand can do with all its technology. At just over a pound between the pair of skis, it’s impressive just how much they manage to cram into these poles.

In terms of major concerns, we’d love to see them pack down a little smaller and must acknowledge the durability concerns that come with a set of full carbon touring poles. But, for those looking for something to take on marathon missions, you can’t argue with the weight.

The Via Carbon includes some pretty neat touring-specific considerations. The first of these is an extended tab above the grip, which makes it a little easier to make quick adjustments to your risers when you’re struggling to maintain traction on a steeper climb. In a similar manner, the upper parts of the shaft have textured grips to help you traverse across uneven slopes.

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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    Super lightweight even for a carbon fiber pole
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    Comes loaded with touring-specific features

Things we don't like:

  • check-markConsiderable price tag
  • check-markCarbon is undeniably pretty fragile and prone to cracking

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Specs & Features

  • 18mm/16mm adjustable carbon shaft
  • Carbide tips
  • Foam grip with extended sidehill grip
  • Detachable touring strap
  • Utility tab for adjusting risers
  • Aluminum locking mechanism
  • Included powder baskets and trekking baskets

Related Reviews

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
    Super lightweight even for a carbon fiber pole
  • check-mark
    Comes loaded with touring-specific features

Things we don't like:

  • check-markConsiderable price tag
  • check-markCarbon is undeniably pretty fragile and prone to cracking

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