MSR DynaLock Ascent Carbon Backcountry Poles - Pair

Color: Carbon
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Packable, lightweight carbon fiber and 20cm adjustability combine in the MSR DynaLock Ascent Carbon backcountry poles. They're made for fast-and-light snowshoeing, mountaineering and splitboarding.


  • Kevlar®-reinforced carbon-fiber construction provides lightweight strength
  • Quick-deploy design folds small to stash easily in smaller alpine packs and travel bags
  • 20cm of easy, rock-solid DynaLock™ adjustability with tool-free tensioning; anodized aluminum lever provides durability
  • Ability to tighten the clamping force on the fly provides no-slip security
  • Comfortable EVA foam grips, plus lower grips for sidehilling or choking up on steep terrain
  • Winter and summer baskets included for 4-season functionality


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Technical Specs

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Shaft Construction

Carbon fiber

Grip Material

Rubber / Plastic / Foam

Locking Mechanism

External Lever Lock



Collapsed Length (in.)

100-120 CM: 14.25 inches

120-140 CM: 17.5 inches

Minimum Length (in.)

100-120 CM: 39 inches

120-140 CM: 47 inches

Maximum Length (in.)

100-120 CM: 47 inches

120-140 CM: 55 inches

Collapsed Length (cm)

100-120 CM: 36.2 centimeters

120-140 CM: 44.5 centimeters

Minimum Length (cm)

100-120 CM: 100 centimeters

120-140 CM: 120 centimeters

Maximum Length (cm)

100-120 CM: 120 centimeters

120-140 CM: 140 centimeters

Basket Type

Powder and Trekking

Weight (Pair)

100-120 CM: 1 lb. 1 oz.

120-140 CM: 1 lb. 2 oz.



Size Chart

32 in./80cm34 in./85cm36 in./90cm38 in./95cm40 in./100cm42 in./105cm44 in./110cm46 in./115cm48 in./120cm49 in./125cm52 in./130 cm54 in./135cm56 in./140cm57 in./145cm59 in./150cm61 in./155cm63 in./160cm65 in./165cm67 in./170cm69 in./175cm71 in./180cm
Height Range (Downhill Skiing)< 3'4"3'5" - 3'8"3'9" - 4'0"4'1" - 4'4"4'5" - 4'8"4'9" - 5'0"5'1" - 5'3"5'4" - 5'6"5'7" - 5'9"5'10" - 6'0"6'1" - 6'3"6'4" - 6'6"6'7" +
Height Range (XC Skiing)<4'7"4'8"-4'9"4'10"-4'11"5' - 5'1"5'2" - 5'3"5'4" - 5'5"5'6" - 5'7"5'8" - 5'9"5'10" - 5'11"6' - 6'1"6'2" - 6'3"6'4"-6'5"6'6"+
Height Range (Skate Skiing)<4'7"4'8"-4'9"4'10-4'11"5'-5'1"5'2" - 5'3"5'4" - 5'5"5'6" - 5'7"5'8" - 5'9"5'10" - 5'11"6'-6'1"6'2"- 6'3"6'4" - 6'5"6'6"+

Sizing Notes

Please note, this sizing chart is meant to serve only as a guideline.

Sizing downhill poles: Stand in your ski boots on a level floor. With your poles upside down—grips touching the floor—grab the pole beneath the basket so that the top of your thumb touches the basket. Your elbow should now be at a 90-degree angle. If the angle is less than 90 degrees, get a shorter pole. If the angle is greater, get a longer pole.

Sizing XC poles: Stand in your XC ski boots on a level floor. Place the pole tips on the floor next to your feet. The top of the grips should reach your arm pits.

Sizing skate poles: Stand in your skate boots on a level floor. Place pole tips on the ground with the pole shafts perpendicular to the floor. The poles should reach from the ground up to a point somewhere between your chin and your lips.

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