The Harvard grad of ski poles, K2’s Backside is an overachiever in all respects. Its full-length carbon-composite shaft is 2.5 times stronger than aluminum and half the weight. Grab hold of the molded rubber grip and padded, extra-wide strap, and plant like you mean it in powder or hardpack. An integrated inclinometer measures slope angle and snow depth. Can you say “multitool”?