A better name for this product would be 3-Piece Whippet. Sure the lower two sections are made of carbon fiber, but that just serves to save some grams, allowing for an extra segment without much change in overall weight. The pole still has as many uses as the iconic Whippet, it just collapses down smaller so you can stow it more easily on/in your pack.
Stainless steel pick is newly strengthened and has a canard wing for grabbing snow.
Two FlickLock Pro adjustment locks keep you skiing with 100cm-140cm poles.
18mm aluminum upper and 2 carbon fiber lower segments collapse to 70cm (< 28”).
4” powder baskets and dual-density touring grip make it a good skiing pole.
The Carbon Whippet is a compactible self-arrest pole that is a staple of ski mountaineering diets. Please note that unlike most poles, Whippets are sold individually.
Super useful tool. Gives a great feeling of security on those steep, exposed switchbacks and beats carrying an axe when you probably won't need one. I've even climbed ice with mine while swinging a full on alpine tool with my other hand. It wasn't ideal, but I also didn't die, so that says a lot about the whippet.
Also useful for manipulating toe levers, heel risers and partners or clients who annoy you...
A great spring skiing tool. It is a great ski pole. Balance, durability, comfort all leave no room to complain. The reason you buy it though is for the pick. That has been only psychological protection so far which is nice but it has allowed me to venture with a little more confidence to places where I would have paused last year.
The features I like best are:
-Wrist strap is very comfortable and ergonomic either in traditional ski pole grip position or in "piolet canne" (hand on top of tool). The strap is also very secure- you have to loosen it to remove it which is reassuring- it will stay with you in a fall!
-The 3 piece shaft compacts enough to make this pole still useful in hand even on very steep snow slopes. In fact I have not taken out my axe while this pole has been in hand. Im sure that might change at some point this spring but you get the idea- a very useful tool and if you can safely leave the axe at home think of the grams you shave!
-The included point protector. Sounds lame but I ski most of the time with this nicely designed little thing covering the pick. I only take it off where I feel I may need to self arrest (kind of like not leaving crampons on when not needed- always minimize the ways you can mess yourself up). An accidental fall on the pick would be ugly so may as well be careful... Shift the cord lock around to near the point protector and you will never be annoyed by this little thing while skiing.
-The flick lock has come a long way, these are way nicer than on my ancient Traverses. If I had one minor gripe it would be that at least on my flick locks, one of the tension screws that adjusts how tight they lock seems to work loose every once in a while even with blue thread lock. YMMV but Im guessing you bring along a small flathead anyway so you may get to use it!
I use this tool just about every day. My only complaint is about the weight since the word carbon in the name should denote a lighter version. Regardless, I take it with me as I feel the uses of the adze outweigh any weight penalties. I've used it to remove snow from bindings, as a screw driver, and for a dozen other applications that don't have much to do with actual skiing. When skiing though, it is most useful on the up, to increase security on steep firm snow. On the down, it's a nice mental crutch as well.
Also, I believe it comes with a full basket. I prefer half baskets so cut part off with a knife and now it's perfect.