Whether you like some powder or lots of powder, Black Diamond makes the right size basket for you. If you cut off your straps and later regret it, maybe you can find replacements here. Various BD ski pole widgets are listed below.
Powder Baskets – Two 100mm wide baskets that come in gray or black. 18 grams each.
Compact Powder Baskets – Cutouts help prevent the basket from pushing the tip out of the snow. 16g.
Freeride Baskets – Slightly slimmer for going faster, the 75mm baskets are sold in pairs. 12g each.
Helio Baskets - Lightweight baskets with hooked points to help articulate buckles and climbing blocks. Note these only work with Helio poles. 16g each
Indexed 3/4 Baskets - Big 3/4 powder basket with a notch to keep them from spinning around the tip. 14g each
What’s the point/supposed benefit of the new 3/4 indexed baskets? And what’s the proper orientation?
Matt, the 3/4 basket has been around for a long time. It is a bit lighter an the empty space side goes in direction of travel. It gives less drag on the climb. The new Indexed version goes with this years poles. It is notched so they don't spin around. I have been using the old ones for years, and they are never in the right spot.
Not too much to say on something as simple as a pole basket. Nice that BD provides a few options. They do wear out over several seasons but hey, that's why you can buy them here.
Here are a few tips (no pun) to help others:
- Helio baskets ONLY fit Helio poles - they are a much larger inner diameter. Learned this the hard way. Skimo.co exchanged for me though!
- Compact baskets sound good in theory, but there is no way I've found to stop them from rotating, so the supposed benefit of better tip penetration doesn't really materialize. Too bad.
- The little olive-shaped ferrules that hold the baskets onto the pole shaft are available through BD directly. You have to email them though as they don't list them on their site.
- Bonus hack: I had a pair of $7 aluminum XC ski poles I picked up from Goodwill that I wanted to use as a cheap set of lightweight poles, but the XC style tip didn't provide enough penetration nor flotation (on hard and soft snow respectively). However, you can buy BD "Flex tips" elsewhere and replace the XC baskets/tips with them, then put on your standard BD ski basket. So you can convert XC ski poles to a nice tip setup for less than $20. Also works for trekking poles.
I lost a basket off my old 2 piece flick lock ski poles, I ordered and received replacement powder baskets, but I need the threaded sleeve piece that the basket screws into...Haven't been able to locate this piece???
Pick up a pair of powder baskets to keep for deep days. Nothing is worse than losing a basket in Cascade Concrete and not having a spare to screw on (you might also be able to just find some in the spring at the trailhead). Green works well to differentiate your baskets when you lose em:)