Touring poles are used for more than just hyper-dramatic pole plants during bottomless powder laps although we can all agree that’s where they shine. A good backcountry pole can keep your skis clear of snow switch bindings between ski and walk mode or help you fight off angry mountain goats and the Backcountry Access Scepter Aluminum Adjustable Ski Pole checks the box on all three of these requirements. and a few more. Its grip features a snow scraper to keep your boards clear of heavy snow and there’s a hook on the opposite side designed to switch both boots and bindings between ski and walk mode. The wrist straps can be attached to the handle when you ride chairs on those high-danger days but can also be easily removed for increased safety when backcountry laps are calling.