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Carbon Whippet Ski Pole - Spring 18

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The evolution of our legendary Whippet self-arrest pole, featuring 3-section packability and rugged carbon fiber lowers. READ MORE
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The evolution of our legendary Whippet self-arrest pole, featuring 3-section packability and rugged carbon fiber lowers. Learn More


The Black Diamond Carbon Whippet lends a new level of packability.

  • 18 mm (.71 in) aluminum upper, 16 mm (.63 in) carbon fiber mid and 14 mm (.55 in) carbon fiber lower
  • Stainless steel pick with canard wing built into a dual-density touring grip
  • 100 mm (4 in) Powder Basket
  • Dual FlickLock Pro adjustability and security
  • Compacts down to 68 cm (26.75 in)
  • Useable length is: 100-140 cm
  • Sold individually


FlickLock Pro is the evolution of our trusted FlickLock design. The benefits that made our classic FlickLock design the best pole-locking mechanism on the market remain: it’s secure, fast and easy to use. The Pro’s new low-profile, stainless steel design, however, provides a dramatic improvement in quality, feel and clamping force.

Carbon Whippet Ski Pole - Spring 18 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thumbs up I borrowed a friends last winter. Well made and functional piece. If you have a need for one of these I recommend BD's.
Date published: 2018-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saves your life, saves your back I took a 60 cm ice axe to a snow skills training course in the High Sierras and immediately saw some shortcomings with it. It was a very difficult transition from walking upright with two trekking poles, to stooping over snow fields to use an ice axe/trekking pole combination for balance and self arrest. Solution? Bring in the Whippett. Our class instructor let me borrow his and man, what a difference. I was still able to stand upright while traversing large, steep snow fields. And, with the length (I set mine at 125 cm), I was also able to easily poke the snow in front of my steps for potential ice bridges and post hole-ing. When climbing a step pitch with toe kicks, I could easily shorten my Whippett to the same length as a typical ice axe. I bought two Whippetss so I can go in to turbo 4x mode with my crampons as need be. And going down steep snow fields, I can extend the Whippett(s) and boot ski. Try that with an ice axe (thanks but, no thanks!). Plus off snow fields, it still provides excellent support as a downhill trekking pole for steep scree and talus fields or tight cat walks. You hardly notice the difference in weight from a normal trekking pole. As for self arrest, it performs identical to my ice axe - even better when you consider it is ALWAYs in my hands as a trekking pole. And, the Whippett just feels really solid when you need to rely upon it. It can handle more weight than a traditional trekking pole. It also makes a great self defense tool should that need arise. But, it will more likely thwart any need for that as it looks quite menacing. Do yourself and your back a favor, if your trekking takes you into snowy conditions, get yourself a Whippett.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Backing it I bought this 2 weeks ago for my trip to the Wasatch. I ended up using this concurring the north and south side of big superior and this was super useful and an added feeling of security while moving across, up, and down the ridge. It would be nicer if 1. the pole was 4 parts and packed down smaller, and also if the top folded down like a knife for packing away. I am a split boarder and packability is key. I don't use the compactor anymore as I don't trust it and wish the explorer and the carbon whippet both had 4 sections to compact even smaller, but had more reliability compared to the compactor. Otherwise great tool and totally worth the purchase.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite winter gear I don't ski, but I'm climbing up something steep in the Cascades in my snow shoes or crampons every weekend. On those trips there are times when the climb isn't steep enough that an ice ax works well, but the conditions are such that a fall might lead to an "overly-exciting mountaineering experience". At those times having a whippet in your hand is really awesome. Another huge advantage is that if you do slip, the whippet is already in your hand in the self-arrest position. It works when you need it. The other cool thing is that my carbon whippet immediately inspires gear envy in other climbers.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tool for BC missions I'd purchased the carbon for splitboarding because it breaks down more than the original version. I now bring it along for icy BC ski descents too. Great upgrade from the original BD.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for my winter hiking too! I don't back country ski but I hike regularly in the White Mountains of NH. About a year ago I saw someone on the trail with a whippet and decided to buy one and give it a try. After one winter of use I can say that I rarely used the ice axe (carry it less and use it only rarely). While not its intended use I have found it useful in stabilizing myself by hooking small trees/branches/rocks if used cautiously when climbing or descending. (BD lawyers have angina here). Haven't needed it for self arrest (its intended use) but like the fact it is in my hand all the time unlike the ice axe. If looking at photo don't get excited. Somehow the whippet was held backwards for the photo. I don't hike with it this way. :-)
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my new go-to second tool On our recent climb of the East Ridge of Mt. Logan in Yukon, my Whippet became my go-to second tool. On big glacier terrain I usually climb with a ski pole in hand to occasionally test snow bridges. Experience has shown me that if I can probe with a ski pole basket and not go through, I can usually walk across without breaking through. On a whim I brought my Whippet on Logan (I usually only use it steep skiing as a backup for that occasional consequential screw-up). I ended up using the Whippet for most of the alpine ice as well as endless steep snow walls we encountered and put my actual north wall on my pack. The carbon version is lighter to save energy for long days, especially at high altitudes. I'm very glad this is available as a three-piece as it makes packing and traveling so much easier. The new carbon Whippet is an excellent example of great R & D by, in my opinion, the best gear manufacturer on the planet--Black Diamond. Keep up the great work, guys!
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New and Improved year-round tool for alpinists I'd modded my original Flicklock Whippets to work as 3-section "expedition" poles as soon as they came out years ago— and have replaced the lower pole-sections 5x in the process. I had always been concerned about the plastic flicklocks— carrying (and using) spares and always loosening the clamp-screws when not using them, which isn't too often because I use the Whippets year-round. Now there's no reason to worry about the flicklocks because they're made of steel!! The ski-poles' swing-weight is similar to the 3-section "expedition" pole set-up I'm used to that shortens to 80cm. The new Whippet pole can be packed, and more importantly used, at 70cm— the classic piolet length for general mountaineering. The design of the new pick, head/handle and streamlined strap is superbly refined. The longer pick no longer rattles or vibrates when firmly planting the poles while skiing in hard conditions or ascending slopes using piolet canne, ramasse or ancre. The riveted polycarbonate head reminds me of fine cutlery and is now permanently attached to the upper shaft/handle— which is just as well because I never removed my old-style Whippets from their handles in almost 15 years of use. The new strap is less bulky (I never had a problem with the traditional design, though). Where I work and play (when not skiing) at and above tree-line is steep and hummocky grass and moss-embedded loose rock blocks, and I use french-technique constantly to move with security using the Whippets in tandem. When using the Whippets in tandem as a piolet, I use a fifi-hook and a small loop made of bungee-cord joined by a length of 2~3mm kevlar to hold the poles together. The fifi-hook keeps the points together; the cord wraps around the picks, and the bungee-cord stretches over the canard-wings to securely lock the heads together. My poor 60~70cm piolets get left at home and don't go to the mountains anymore… boohoo!!
Date published: 2016-07-26
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