Review of K2 lockjaw ski poles for backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering.
I reviewed the original aluminum K2 Lockjaw ski poles last year, and they worked well. Mine are now a little beat up, and K2 has improved the poles quite a bit for the next iteration &8212; so time for another review.
I tried out the carbon version this time around. Aluminum poles have the advantage of bending instead of breaking, while carbon poles are stronger and lighter but can splinter into sharp shards when they do break. Yep, tradeoffs. The k2 lockjaw has an aluminum upper section, with a large diameter carbon lower section. Features abound: built in inclinometer on one pole; lower sections screw together to create an avalanche probe, markings measure snow depth; super comfy straps work well for hauling yourself uphill when your legs give out.
The Carbon Alu Lockjaws enjoying the sun, note the nicely designed wrist strap.