The Vapor Carbon 1 is a simple, strong pole that has an extended grip for choking up on skin tracks. Made with carbon and glass fibers, 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. The handles have a lip that is handy for manipulating binding risers and levers. Black Diamond includes a set of freeride baskets with the poles, which are sold in pairs.
Update 19/20: BD added glass fibers to the shaft to increase durability and some stickier rubber on the handle top to make heel flaps easier to flip. They also added support for indexed baskets, meaning you can get a 3/4 basket with a tab that fits into a groove on the base of the Vapor poles, preventing the basket from spinning. The poles no longer ship with additional 40mm ice baskets.
|Lengths (cm)||115, 120, 125, 130, 135|
|Weight (pair)||328g 
|Basket & Tip||Freeride & mini baskets|
|Materials||100% carbon fiber|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||2 sets of baskets included|
|Bottom Line||Nice light one piece with extended grip|