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Les Batons d'Alain


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You know what sucks? Breaking poles. The Les Batons d’Alain is a single shaft pole that is designed to withstand some serious trail abuse. Crafted in the steep valley of Chamonix, this iconic pole was brought into the world by Mountain Guide Alain Desez. They have seen a surge in popularity within the ski mountaineering community but they’re just as useful for mountain running. With a textured grip that extends far below the likes of other poles, you’ll never feel that awful sensation of slipping down a pole with sweaty hands. Lightweight AND durable, Les Batons d’Alain just might help you shave off those precious seconds on your next FKT attempt of the local steep climb (slog).

  • Come in a plethora of different color combinations.
  • 7075 anodized aluminum makes up the entirety of the pole shaft giving it a trail-worthy strength to weight ratio.
  • The caps of the pole accommodate straps, if you so choose.
  • Incredibly lightweight design so it doesn't weigh you down.

Lengths (cm) 115, 125, 135
convert to ounces
212g [125]
225g [135]
Weight (pair) 424g [125]
450g [135]
Sections 1
Grip 70cm long extended foam
Basket & Tip 85mm Powder baskets and 38mm mini baskets
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   7075 aluminum, EVA foam, polymer, carbide

Questions & Reviews

thomc (used product regularly)
I have hiked and skied with these for years, and only regretted them once when a partner’s Whippit was a welcome loan on a very firm descent. They are amazing from xc skiing to skimo outings, and everything in between. I find them lighter and better balanced than even the best BD and Leki carbon telescoping ski poles. They have a great swing weight and because the pivot is wherever you hold them, I imagine they will be great trail runners, as long as you don’t need to put them on a pack. That works well when you have longer items like skis. I wouldn’t use these for a long flat approach where you don’t need poles, or a tight couloir where there’s a likelihood they will interfere. But anywhere else they are great value, super strong and handle really well. Bien fait Alain.
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AARON O (downright abused product)
So caveat that I have used these primarily for skiing but have done a few scrambles with them as well. This is just a silly useful mountain tool year round. You are never going to win UTMB using these bad boys but for multi day adventure schwacks I can’t think of anything better.
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Model: Alain's A2-16 Sticks

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