Rating: 4 / 5
The new BD poles need to be praised for applying design principle of avalanche probes to hiking poles to create a lightweight, foldable pole. The 120cm carbon fiber pole has a manufacturer's claimed weight of 9.5 oz.
The poles come in three sizes, 110, 120 and 130 cm. The smallest size, 100 cm is currently not available from BD. I would have preferred 125mm.
The strap has velcro fastener and is attached to the pole with what looks to be 3/8 inch diameter shock cord. [I will post a photo in good time] It almost looks like the pole was designed for the strap to detach under stress before the pole itself breaks. In fact the poles come with a warning not to use them for high stress activities such as skiiing.
I know many of the visitors to BPL would cut the straps off. I personally like straps on my hiking poles and use them to lean into my poles on descents. Since the straps on the BD do not offer much slack, they are hard to use in this way, and also hard to take off and remove without undoing the velcro.
The poles come with a rubber tip that can be replaced with a steel tip. Replaceable carbide and rubber tips are available for sale on the BD web site.
Light weight. Compactness when folded
Expensive at US list $149
Straps are too small
Get rid of the velcro and increase the size of the strap's opening. Design a stronger attachment of the strap to the pole.