Dynafit Broad Peak Carbon Ski Pole 2013
My original preference would’ve been the BD poles, on reputation alone, but they weren’t in stock for the season. A friend uses the Dynafit poles with gusto, adding a plus to the Dynafit column. This thread, however, makes me more than a little concerned for durability.
On to the real thing. With the usual concerns about extracting uncertainties from two measurements, the poles themselves weigh 180.9±2.4 g. The baskets are 13.5±0.4 g. In combination, they’re 194.4±2.4 grams. Dynafit’s claimed weight is 190 grams.
The Dynafit pole lowers aren’t round, they’re D-shaped, with notches cut in them to physically block the pole from slipping. The engineering and build quality feels very fine; time will tell if the complicated linkage will hold up to years of use. I’m rather partial to the BD flicklock system (why did BD move to something with more moving parts?!), but this system seems reasonable. Dynafit has a two-year warranty on the poles.
Review/more photos below the bump.
The grips are a soft neoprene foam. Not sure how it will hold up long term. Strap is comfy, but I rarely use them, on avalanche/skiers’ thumb concerns. Grip doesn’t feel optimized for strapless use.
Tips are aluminum, with tungsten (carbide? appears to be magnetic) inserts.
3/25/2013: Two (bluebird powder) days on the poles now. Poles seem solid, light, didn’t break. Pole grips are slightly small for me, but worked well-enough. At least with gloves on, the grips are fine. I had one pole collapse, pushing hard to plant the pole for safekeeping in crusty glop; I think the actuation lever may have been toggled by some tight trees?
4/3/2013: Two more days on the poles, making the Spearhead Traverse. Worked great. Our partner on the trip also had a pair of Broad Peaks, which he said he hadn’t had any durability problems with. They’re poles, they’re light. Palpably much lighter than my Whippet.
8/12/2016: After three winters of use, primarily in the backcountry and almost entirely on snow, one of the pole latches broke in a subtle but important fashion. Dynafit/Salewa doesn’t sell replacement parts nor replacement uppers, and the poles are warrantied for one year. I’m now on the hunt for a used upper.
Weight documentation photos follow: