What are folks using? What do you like and don't like for XCD?
I did the Traverse mod mentionned earlier. Its great for touring. Bought an extra pair of the bottoms halfs direct from Black Diamond so that I can switch to downhill baskets when I go to a resort.
I really appreciate telescopic poles when touring baccountry. I adjust them to to snow depth, on steep uphill and traverses. If that is not important to you, the Swix Mountain is a GREAT pole too.