When disaster strikes while backcountry skiing, you need to be able to depend on your avalanche rescue equipment. They need to be easy to use and reliable. The Black Diamond Quickdraw Tour probe is built with these principles in mind. It is constructed out of aluminum giving it a durable composition and being 280 cm or 320 cm allows for probing in deep snow packs. This probe was designed with patrollers, avalanche forecasters, and guides alike, and its features reflect the needs of the snow- professional community. New for this year, Black Diamond updated the ferrules, making the probe more durable and quicker to align. The probe also has oversized, easy to read 1 cm markings, an integrated stuff sack and grip for ease of use with wet or frozen gloves and its oversized tip produces a larger hole than the shaft, increasing probe sensitivity.