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Black Diamond Alpine Whippet Attachment

Brand: Black Diamond
Model: Alpine Whippet Head
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Whether you're pushing the limit in your own back yard, exploring a new mountain range, or simply want to be prepared for the unexpected, the Black Diamond Alpine Whippet Attachment has you covered. Using BD's ClickLock Dial, this head attaches to your Whippet Ready poles quickly so you can feel more secure when you find yourself in steep, soft snow. Shaped more like an adze than a pick (an adze-shaped-pick, using inscrutably complex Skimo Co parlance), this tool will catch better in soft snow than a traditional whippet due to its wider, tapered-towards-the-tip profile. Black Diamond does call this attachment a pick, however, so take our terminology with a grain of salt. Be prepared for the unexpected with the Black Diamond Alpine Whippet Attachment.

  • ClickLock (not to be confused with FlickLock, the length adjustment mechanism) provides quick and secure attachment.
  • Compatible with all Whippet Ready ski poles.
  • Made of forged aluminum.

Specifications
Weight
-> ounces
100g
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials Forged Aluminum
Skimo Co Says
Usage Lightweight ski mountaineering, steep skiing
Notes Will boost your confidence in steep, snowy terrain.
Bottom Line Safety just got lighter!
11/20/2019
Question from Matej Kainz
 
Hi,
what is the difference between Whippet and Alpine whippet? Thanks!
Kind regards, Matej
11/20/2019
Answer from TSB
 
Thanks for reaching out, Matej! We too had this question when the two attachments arrived for the season. The original, steel Whippet is designed more for self-arrest purposes in steep and firm conditions, since the pick is sharpened and tapered at its front to insert into hard ice and snow with ease. Meanwhile, the aluminum Alpine Whippet, with its adze-shaped front, is better used in softer conditions, such as steep snow climbing. Both can be used well when ascending moderate alpine routes, while the original Whippet is preferable for self-arrest during ski descents.
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