Rated 1 out of 5 by Maineperson Useless both in powder and on packed snow
I was so disappointed with these poles that I had to return them. The handles/straps worked well and were easy to adjust, but the rest of the product was quite poor. The first issue was that they don't come assembled. You have to put the baskets on yourself and I barely had the strength to snap them on without a tool. You have to push so hard it seems like they're going to break. Even properly installed though, the baskets didn't work well. My poles were sinking 18" into powder. This is of little help.
In addition, the tips were rounded metal. So while the baskets didn't work in deep snow, the tips couldn't grip on packed snow, even on snowmobile tracks. A poor value at any price.
A better name than "Backcountry Touring Poles" would be "Backyard Poles" or, perhaps, "Back Room Poles."
October 12, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Northstars Disappointed
I purchased the Rossi BC 65 Skis, package with the BC Touring Poles in 12/2014. I have been very impressed with the quality/performance of this package however the poles are fair at best. On my second run with this set I bent my pole & also lost a basket. LL Bean did send me 2 replacement baskets for $10. I made sure that I installed the new basket properly however have now lost a second one. The LL Bean Touring Ski Poles are much more flexible/durable, an excellent choice.
March 11, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Maineperson OK poles - assembly required
I've put several miles on these poles since I bought them and they seem OK. For some reason the baskets don't come installed and it takes a LOT of force to get them to "click" into position. I nearly needed tools. Once on though, they haven't fallen off like others have commented. I hope LL Bean gets their supplier to install the baskets as part of manufacturing.
The baskets don't do much in powder. I had my poles sink in nearly 2 ft in light powder.
The straps were easy to adjust, even with mittens on.
March 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by xcountryskipoles Backcountry Touring Poles
The poles are lightweight and very comfortable to use. My only complaint is the snow baskets. I knew from previous reviews that they had a propensity to fall off and was warned that it is critical to install them correctly. My poles came with no instructions. On my second use one of the snow baskets came off but fortunately I noticed it right away so I was able to find it. They are not easy to twist onto the pole. I am hopeful that I now have them secured.
March 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by rockect Strong and light
Great poles. Very strong. I've had lots of wipeouts in deep snow and these poles have born my full weight in order to get upright over and over. They have a nice tensile strength about them that travels through the pole while gliding along with the periodic push. It's true, you can attach the baskets improperly and wind up digging for them. The lanyard on the pole is comfortable and smart.
February 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by DougM21 Great poles...must lock in baskets
Great lightweight poles. The baskets LOCK in with a quarter turn making it impossible to come off. Some reviews mentioned an issue but they are not installing them properly. They do run long so go small.
January 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Trailhoss BC Poles
Haven't had these out on the trail yet (due to lack of snow) but really like the feel of these poles. The quality appears to be high especially for the price.
December 24, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5
by Skijorsue UH OH!
I give LL BEAN a thumbs up for replacing this item immediately when one pole broke in half.
But a thumbs down for item because I barely sat on one ski pole and it broke clean through when I fell while skijoring with my husky.
These poles, though nice and light, could be made with stronger materials so they don't break so easily.
I don't weigh all that much either, so it didn't take much to break it.
Sorry this happened because the Back Country skis and boots and bindings that came with the set are perfect.
I only recommend that the poles be made stronger, especially for back country skiing!
April 14, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by EricD Good pole but need to fix basket issue
Used the poles 2 days and lost a basket each day. LLbean provided great service in replacing them, just need to fix the issue
February 17, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Rty88 Good poles, poorly designed baskets
Like several of the other reviewers I too found these poles to be initially a good purchase. Lightweight, good grips and reasonably priced. However, the baskets are not well designed and after 2 outings both had come off. LL Bean does not offer replacements which is a major disappointment.
I can not recommend these poles and would suggest you stay away from them.
January 23, 2014