Gear Review: Black Diamond Razor Carbon Poles

Lightweight poles that can still take a beating.

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These two-section poles feel feathery in hand, yet the aluminum upper took a battering and never failed. The carbon-fiber lower shaft reduces weight and increases stiffness. Testers loved the flick-lock system, which snaps tight and opens easily with gloved fingers. And a rubber extension below the handle allows you to choke up on the pole shaft for greater stability while skinning up steep terrain or traversing a sidehill. $110; 1 lb. 4 oz.; 45-55 in.; bdel.com