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Black Diamond Contour Elliptic Shock Compact Outdoor Equipment


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  • Dual-density grip top, 360-degree Nubuck strap, foam extension
  • Control Shock Technology, Double FlickLocks
  • Elliptic shape for ergonomic comfort and strength
  • Short Flex Tips and low-profile Trekking Baskets

Product Description

Built using patent-pending Control Shock Technology, the Contour Elliptic Shock Compact's progressive four-stage shock absorption handles hard compression without bottoming out.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • ASIN: B0036QWCP6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,690 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ethan Winning TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2011
On Amazon, you'll see this single pole for $135 (give or take), and the Black Diamond Contour Elliptical Trekking Poles (Pair) for $119 (usually less). The difference is that this single pole is listed as anti-shock and the pair isn't. But I can assure you that the pair are anti shock, and the primary difference is that the single pole's group is not angled. I find that the angle on the pair are quite comfortable and, if extended in length, you can use them without the angle. In other words, these are darn near the same pole, and I now have both, but the review is ostensibly the same.

I've been hiking some fairly decent descents and ascents on a daily basis. At between 3 and 7 miles, that takes a toll on knees and hips, and I wanted something flexible and sturdy. We're also planning a trip to the Sierras this summer, and I had some dissatisfaction with my Leki Monopod.

For a number of reasons, I use only one pole which is why I added this third pole to my "collection." I need a free hand for camera work AND my left arm is considerably weaker than my right, and that MIGHT play a part in your choice.

That said, the single pole absorbs much of the shock that my right hip and BOTH knees usually take on a hike. Uphill kills my knees, but this pole makes it easier to "pull" myself upward and onward. Downhills kill my right hip, but the pole absorbs much of the pressure on my right side which I seem to favor.

I have found a very happy medium in the length of the pole, so after a couple of weeks, I rarely adjust the pole. However, if there is an extended up- or downhill, these are literally a snap to adjust. The poles are divided into thirds, and aligning the lower and middle sections to the measurements you want takes less than 5 seconds!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Blessing on April 6, 2011
Color Name: Ink BlueSize Name: Regular
These poles are very well made. I have a couple of other brands of trekking poles and the difference in quality is very easy to see. My wife and I are avid geocachers and there have been a number of cases when the poles really made the hunt safer and easier on the back.
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By Raphael V on January 2, 2014
Color Name: Ink BlueSize Name: Compact Verified Purchase
These poles are light and strong enough to support the abuse in rocks and scree. This is my second pair and use them for classic alpine climbing (approach and even steep snow ascents). Have gone to Aconcagua and still running like new.
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By T. E. Lawson on November 21, 2012
These poles are awesome! Replaced my lost Komperdells (that I used for years) and bought some lightweight poles. Those flimsy things lasted one trip and bent after putting my weight on one while descending a 14r. These BD elipticals have over 30 miles so far and I've put them to the test. I'm not some walk-in-the-park hiker. I live in Colorado and use and abuse my poles. They are super strong due to the design and only one of the poles slipped less than an eighth of an inch during those 30 miles. The locking mechanism is easy to adjust. If your looking for lighweight poles, these are not it. They are meant to be reliable in all conditions. The grips are comfortable and don't get slick. The wrist straps are very comfortable with thumb web padding as well. The extended foam gripping below the main grips are also a nice feature (I mainly use them for carrying cold sticks on flat stretches) The shock absorbtion system is new. Pretty stiff for normal use...I would advise BD to also put absorbers under the carbide tips as well (other companies have done this). But, I'm not complaining. Well worth the $$!
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By L. Ren on June 14, 2012
Color Name: Ink BlueSize Name: Compact Verified Purchase
I like it a lot. I just got to practice it last weekend with 20 miles rocky hiking. It is light and reliable.
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