A Pole that Grows with Your Grom

Black Diamond Fist Strike junior trekking pole (MSRP: $46)
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Black Diamond Fist Strike junior trekking pole (MSRP: $46)
Black Diamond First Strike pole

Ski tourers like adjustable poles because you can make them long for the ascent and then go back to your regular length for the descent. So how come no one thought of this before: adjustable poles for growing kids.

The Black Diamond First Strike is conceived as a junior trekking pole, but it strikes us as a no-brainer for parents of budding alpine skiers. It’s a two-section pole with an easy adjustment system that allows it to grow from 25.5 to 43 inches. As Black Diamond says, that ought to get your growing boy or girl through four seasons, easy.


ew to Black Diamond’s Efficient Series, the Compactor is the perfect pole for anyone trying to maximize space and efficiency. New Z-pole technology uses internal Kevlar cords that allow you quickly fold and deploy your poles for touring or storage. But gimmicks aside, they’ve also got BD’s easy adjusting FlickLock system and extension grips for when you choke up your grip on the steeps. $120; http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com

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