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Gear Review: K2 Lockjaw Carbon/Alu Poles

A built-in inclinometer means these poles can easily take quick slope-angle measurements.

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Among the avalanche-safety features on this pole is an inclinometer etched onto the aluminum upper for quick slope-angle measurements: Just place the poles at a right angle to the slope and read the angle junction point. Centimeter markings measure snow depth, another way of gauging a slope’s safety; and the carbon-fiber lower sections on each pole screw together to create an avalanche probe that extends to 74 inches. $140; 2 lbs. 6 oz. (short version); 39-52 in.; (also available in long); k2skis.com

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