Swix Sonic R2 Carbon/Aluminum Ski Poles
SwixSonic R2 Carbon/Aluminum Ski Poles

Reliable, adjustable performance.

Wouldn't it be nice to climb a route without poles poking out everywhere, getting caught on your pants and bouncing off your helmet? The Swix Sonic R2 Carbon/Aluminum Ski Pole has two modes, walking up and skiing down. Nearly ten inches distinguish these two modes. Another unique combination lies within the Sonic's composition, carbon fiber in the upper section and 7000-series aluminum in the lower. These poles achieve the best of both lightweight and durability. Its straps include adjustable padding for extra support and comfort with a self-locking system for quick adjustments. The included powder baskets have been coated with nylon to provide great flotation in off piste snow conditions.

  • Aluminum lower, carbon fiber upper
  • Collapsible
  • EVA foam grip
  • Adjustable padded straps
  • Powder baskets included
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Disappointing locking mechanism

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have to strongly disagree with a previous reviewer's assessment that these poles use the best mechanism ever.



I was looking to replace a pair of Black Diamond Traverse poles that broke after 3 years of intense skiing. The Traverse were no longer available at backcountry, so I bought the Sonic R2 hoping they'd be a good replacement.



I skied the R2s during a spring skiing trip to Utah. The locking mechanism is disappointing. I usually place the poles under a leg while riding a ski lift. After one such ride, I was surprised to see the rotating locking mechanism had rotated, releasing the pole. It appears the friction between the poles' screw locking mechanism, my leg and lift chair caused it to unscrew. After that experience, I'd check the screws after each lift ride to make sure the poles are fully locked.



Another nitpick is the length of the poles. I'm 6' tall, and the minimum length of the poles was about 5cm longer than what I needed. The BD Traverse go between 115 and 140cm, which is just about right.

Best locking mechanism ever!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had a chance to ski on the Sonic pole last spring at a demo day and I was blown away! Not only where they light and stiff, but the grip/strap system could be used with my mittens on, and the locking mechanism was rock solid. Couldn't believe how much better it was than my older poles. The carbon R1s where a dream pole, but I decided to go with the R2s for a balance of weight and price.