While you’re all about earning your turns you’re not too keen on tacking on more weight than necessary. So when it comes time to get elevated reach for the Black Diamond Compactor Ski Pole and trek onward–lightly. With a little help from a quick-release button the pole folds down into three compact pieces that stay connected with a flexible yet tenacious cord (Black Diamond calls this technology Z-Pole) which also makes it easy to stow when it’s not in use. A FlickLock Pro mechanism allows you to adjust the length easily and the Compactor boasts reinforcements at the joints. And thanks to its simple and effective design you can save your battles for the terrain at hand and focus on getting to the fun part.