The new Whippet-less Whippet! It is often said that the best pieces of gear are the ones that can disappear while using them. That doesn’t mean you should be chucking your poles off ridges and peaks in the hopes that they’ll work better. The statement really means that if a piece of gear is engineered so well, you shouldn’t ever have to take the time to think about it in the field; the operation should be so smooth that it becomes an extension of your body. That was a long and convoluted way to say that the all-aluminum Black Diamond Traverse WR 2 pole is well engineered, extremely low drama, and will get the job done. Should you find yourself meadow-skipping on low-angle glades just above sea level, executing tight jump-turns on Denali with the Whippet Attachment, or just don’t want to waste mental effort on poles, then this is the ski pole for you.
|Grip||Whippet-ready rubber grip|
|Basket & Tip||Powder Baskets|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Skiing of all kinds|
|Notes||Aluminum upper and lower|
|Bottom Line||The new Whippet, sans Whippet|