Ski mountaineers who want adjustable poles (but not collapsible, because they rarely store them on their pack) raved about the Dynafit Broad Peak. This two-section carbon pole telescopes from 45 to 57 inches (shrinking to 35 inches for storage) and uses a unique, glove-friendly locking mechanism: A rigid arm on the upper segment clicks into notches along the lower segment, and a lever cinches the connection.
After months of use during snow climbs and ski-tours in Iceland’s Westfjords and Colorado’s Park Range, the lock never loosened inadvertently. The carbon composite displayed no fatal signs of wear or nicks, and the ergonomic foam grip is comfortable in a variety of hand positions. Plus: “The light swing weight* gives them a snappy, responsive feel.” $145; 13 oz.; dynafit.com