Pretty stoked to learn that Black Diamond has issued a voluntary recall for the (stainless steel pick) Whippet ski pole as of yesterday, November 18th, 2014. Briefly summing up the recall notice: “…recall announced because of the possibility that the pick could break during normal use. Recall is a result of a small quantity of picks receiving an incorrect heat treatment. ..All potentially affected units are subject to the recall.”
Check the recall link for fuller details, but the short answer is that the affected poles are the ones whose pick is made of stainless steel. If you’re riding with Black Diamond Whippets that have stainless steel (shiny) picks, take the time to trade them in for safer gear. As reported here on t&w last spring (the previous post, actually), the stainless picks aren’t safe, even for ‘ordinary’ use. Glad to see Black Diamond admit the truth and make it right.
Can’t tell for certain, but during a quick look on BD’s site at this year’s Whippets for sale, it appears the picks aren’t so shiny and that they’ve switched back to the formerly used, unproblematic chromoly. A glance at the REI site definitely shows the current batch of Whippets for sale being labeled as being constructed with chromoly picks. ‘Incorrect heat treatment’ or not, glad to see BD getting back to producing gear I can recommend again.
So, before you start hitting the steeps again this season, get rid of your stainless steel Whippets, and get some safe versions in your hands!