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With a collapsible three-section design, dual FlickLocks, and a comfortable, extended foam grip, the Expedition 3 offers maximum versatility and maximum adjustability for four-season use. READ MORE
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With a collapsible three-section design, dual FlickLocks, and a comfortable, extended foam grip, the Expedition 3 offers maximum versatility and maximum adjustability for four-season use. Learn More


A versatile four-season pole for skiing, hiking and hauling loads to advanced base camp, the Black Diamond Expedition 3 features dual FlickLocks for a full range of adjustability. This pole fits in your duffle when it’s time to lug your gear to the airport, and the extended foam grip lets you choke up on the pole when you’re booting up a remote couloir. The Expedition 3 comes with both powder baskets and trekking baskets, so you can switch them out to match the season and the trip.

  • 100% aluminum: 18 mm (.71 in) upper, 16 mm (.63 in) mid, and 14 mm (.55 in) lower
  • Four-season extended foam grip with aggressive hooking point for manipulating bars and buckles
  • Adjustable four-season strap for ergonomic comfort with or without gloves
  • Dual FlickLock® adjustability
  • 100 mm (4 in) Powder Baskets

Tech Specs

Weight Per Pair :   520 g (1 lb 2 oz)
Series :   Touring
Usable Length :   [57-125 cm] 22.2-48.8 in
[62-140 cm] 24.2-54.6 in
Collapsed Length :   [57-125 cm] 57 cm (22.2 in)
[62-140 cm] 62 cm (24.2 in)
Expedition 3 Ski Poles is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all seasons! I have been skiing for a long time and these are hands down my favorite poles so far. They fit in my pack when fully collapsed and they are very sturdy. Some people have complained about the powder baskets but I have not had any issue with them. In the beginning of the season, I ski the ice and crud of the midwest and they're holding up great. Not the lightest but totally worth the extra ounces for their packability. The only issue I've had is when using them to push down the heel piece on my alpine bindings. The FlickLocks do not seem to be able to hold the pressure I put on them when doing that but other than that I have had no trouble. I would definitely recommend them if you're not worried about weight. They also perform great for trekking!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grip ices up They're comfortable in the hand, reasonably light, and pretty stiff for an aluminum 3-section pole. I haven't had a problem with the baskets falling off, despite getting them hung up in tree branches and rocks reasonably often. New plastic FlickLock is much bulkier than the old metal clamp (e.g. what you still get on the carbon Whippet), but muhc easier to use. Grips are comfortable without gloves, too, which is an enormous boon. The foam grip ices up, though. If it never touches snow it's fine, but if you get snow in between your glove and grip it's going to be on there for the rest of the tour. This does make them noticeably colder with thin gloves. The best method I've found of clearing snow/ice from the grips is just bashing the grips together. I probably won't buy them again, because I don't think I need two-section, let alone three-section, poles. If you need to fit the pole in a pack or duffel these are great, though.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light weight & compact! I love how light weight and compact these poles are. They are easy to extend and collapse, and the locking mechanisms hold them in place at the desired height. The baskets are a bit tricky- they don't screw on via a thread pattern. They seem to only be pushed on firmly. The first use I apparently did not get them on all the way and nearly lost the basket. After an adjustment they have stayed on for two days of use so far- one day in deep powder and one day in smooshy heavy snow & compact groomers.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-so I left my old poles against the Jeep and drove off and needed a new pair ASAP. I went to our local outdoor shop and bought these. They were expensive (for me) and I have been disappointed. The powder baskets are not only hard to get on they come off easily. I do not want to spend time checking them all the time instead of looking at the beautiful winter woods. Also, they seem to collapse a couple inches and I have to reset them several times while I am out. I do love the grips!!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very solid and trustworthy, could deploy faster. These are super bomber, relatively compact, and it's handy that they interface with the BD saw. The only thing that would really set these over the top is if they were quicker to deploy while still being as strong and trustworthy as they are. You have to look at the measurements on both sections as you're setting the length to get them to the matching lengths that you want. I would much prefer setting the length on one section and then just being able to fully deploy the second section with some kind of hard stop. Maybe even if both sections had a hard stop so that you could easily and quickly set them up to their maximum length—I'd trade the BD saw interface for that, personally. Other than the extra 15 seconds, you can't go wrong with these especially for long trips where you need bomber reliability.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Awful Basket System These poles could be five stars if they could just hold onto the baskets. Such a basic principal yet BD hasn't able to figure that out. I understand that baskets fall of every so often but this is ridiculous. While touring I'm constantly checking to see if they are still attached. I've had times where they fall off 4 times within an hour. It's extremely frustrating. I'm going to try to epoxy the baskets on. If that doesn't work I'm going to look for a better pair.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Packable; versatile. Most of my outings are in the back country and I need poles that are collapsible and packable. These work great in those regards. I use these poles for both snowboarding and trekking. I've had some difficulty with the middle section being tough to collapse after a full day in wet snow when it has iced up. I have a similar issue from time to time on muddy treks. These may not be the lightest weight poles on the market, but they are durable, work well, remain sturdy, and are really good for collapsing and packing. They collapse to a very manageable length for ridge-climbing to a summit ski-descent, or when trekking and you need to stash them from time to time. If you're looking for a collapsable, sturdy, lightweight pole that is reliable: this is the one. My only complaint is, as I mentioned, that the middle section can be difficult to collapse when you've been through some gnarly mud or in prolonged icy conditions.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and lovely I recently bought the BD Expedition 3 ski poles and am so happy I did. I had an old pair of poles that I used for years and never really thought different poles could be life changing. I was wrong. The balance and lightness of the pole makes skiing even more enjoyable. Thanks for a great product.
Date published: 2018-01-10
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