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Black Diamond Vapor Carbon 1 Poles

Brand: Black Diamond
Model: Vapor Carbon 1
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Price: $149.95
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The Vapor Carbon 1 is a simple, strong pole that has an extended grip for choking up on skin tracks. Made with 100% carbon fiber, the pole is ultralight and stiff which makes it great for racing and efficient touring. The poles have adjustable hand straps and sharp, hardened tips for breaking through crust. Black Diamond includes two sets of baskets with the set of poles so you can adapt to your snowpack. Sold in pairs.

  • 15.4mm (0.6”) one-piece shafts are made with 100% carbon fiber.
  • Ultralight foam grips extend down the shaft which is great for side-hilling.
  • Includes 75mm Freeride baskets and 40mm ice baskets.
Lengths (cm) 115, 125, 135, 145
-> ounces
164g [125 + 75mm baskets]
171g [135 + 75mm baskets]
Weight (pair) 328g [125 + 75mm baskets]
342g [135 + 75mm baskets]
Sections 1
Grip Extended foam
Basket & Tip Freeride & mini baskets
Specs Verified Yes
Materials 100% carbon fiber
Skimo Co Says
Usage Racing, touring
Notes 2 sets of baskets included
Bottom Line Nice light one piece with extended grip
by dauwhe (used product a few times)
I've been using the same orange Black Diamond Traverse poles that everyone else uses, leading to much confusion on hut trips. I wanted a pole more suitable for racing, but didn't want an XC-style pole. I'm fond of the flat tops of alpine-style grips, as I often palm them to push myself up a steep bit. And I never use pole straps due to shoulder dislocations. So this style of pole seemed appealing.

I tried them for the first time this morning, for 1000m of resort skinning. Wow! Walking to the base I was afraid I'd left one in the car, as they are so light. Going up was exhilarating, not quite as dramatic as my first time on super-light skis and boots, but that same feeling of lightness and freedom. Poles were stiff and felt very secure. The best thing was skiing down--I was able to effectively shorten the pole by holding the foam below the main grip. This had never worked for me on heavier poles, but felt perfectly normal with these. So I can have my nice, long, efficient poles on the up, and not look like a telemarked on the down :)

I'll report back after more experience. But I have a feeling my other poles are going to be gathering dust in the basement.
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