A pole worthy of a king.
When you're in the resort, a broken pole is an inconvenience--in committing alpine terrain, not so much, which is why you see seasoned backcountry adventurers sporting poles like the light, adjustable, and bomber MSR Deploy TR-2. It's slightly heavier than its big brother the TR-3 and doesn't collapse quite as much, but it's still a high-end, heavy-duty backcountry stick.
Unlike most adjustable poles, the TR-2 has a glove-friendly one-handed Trigger Release adjustment system, allowing you to easily and meaningfully adjust your poles to the terrain—anyone who's skinned up more than three switchbacks in their life knows that stopping on every one to adjust your poles just isn't worth it, but the TR-2 is so easy to use that you might start rethinking your system. It also has a freeze-resistant SureLock System that won't slip at the most critical time, or become impossible to adjust in icy conditions. Even the grip is thoughtful and well-designed, with a easy-adjust Breakaway Winter Strap that force-releases if the pole gets lodged, saving your shoulder and your gear from inopportune destruction. MSR also gave the grip a small hook, making it easy to adjust tech bindings and climbing bails, or to scrape heavy snow off your skis. Throw in a light and strong shaft made of aerospace-grade aluminum, and you've got a pole that's more useful than you are, and probably tougher too.
- Glove-friendly, one-handed Trigger Release adjustment
- Freeze-resistant SureLock system, located high on shaft for excellent swing weight
- 7000-series aerospace-grade aluminum shaft
- Breakaway Winter Strap
- Ergonomic grip with hooked top