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Black Diamond Trail Back Trek Poles

4.5 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews
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  • Rubber grip with nylon webbing strap
  • Double FlickLocks
  • Long Flex Tips, low-profile Trekking Baskets and Powder Baskets
  • Minimalist
  • Versatile

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Product Description

A minimalist pole, the Trail Back is nevertheless versatile, thanks to its usage of four-season, glove-friendly dual FlickLocks. Rubber grip with nylon webbing strap. Double FlickLocks. Traditional round shape.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 5 x 3 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Origin: Taiwan
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001Q4FG3A
  • Item model number: 793661097501
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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Picked these up after some growing knee pain on steep descents. Worked wonders and I can now descend with much less stress on my knees. The locks are simple and solid I've put my whole 250 lbs on them to "vault" over some creeks and there is not a hint of instability. Great Product!
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These poles are a good value but there are a few things that more expensive poles may offer that you might want to consider before buying these.

First, the straps on these are quite narrow so if you 'lean' on the straps (as some suggest is the proper way to grip them to reduce the need to grip the handle tightly), they are not as comfortable as those with wider straps.

Second, the grips are, of course, rubber and do get slippery if you're sweating -- cork handles might be preferable if you hike in hot weather.

Third, I found these vibrate quite a bit when hitting the ground on hard dirt when going downhill. This isn't painful, but it's somewhat distracting. I tried a friend's carbon fiber poles and didn't experience this with them. I don't know if this an issue with all aluminum poles or maybe just some.
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My husband and I ordered these poles prior to our hiking vacation in the Colorado Rockies. We liked the fact that they could be easily stored in the car trunk, then extended and adjusted when ready to use. The poles were indispensable in our steep hikes through rocks, snow, and high winds. This was a true test of their durability, and they passed with flying colors.
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The caveats: This is my first pair of trekking poles, so I don't have any comparison. Also, I'm pretty much a hiking beginner for the most part. I've only been regularly hiking for a year or so.

The situation: I've been regularly hiking, and wanted some more support given that I have been recovering from a broken ankle. I'm a woman, 5'9" and on the robust side, weight wise. Sturdy. Except not, because that's why I need the poles! :)

The shopping: I normally comparison shop myself blue in the face. In this case, I wanted them for the coming weekend, so I literally came on Amazon and saw what was rated highest within a reasonable price range and bought them. I was looking at a pair of even cheaper poles as my entry level, but was directed here by another reviewer.

The arrival: Upon arriving, they looked sleek and sturdy. The packaging was good.

The use, the good: Well, first, I was REALLY GLAD I bought them because I literally wouldn't have made it without them. I have never been over so many rocks. And what was described as a moderate 5-7 mile trek ended up being 8.5 miles and sure felt fairly strenuous to me. They were great to use for leverage climbing up and for support going down hills. I slid a few times (legs aren't what they were pre-break), and they were responsible for helping me not fall. They were supportive, and I felt like the adjustments were easy to make with the flip locks.

the use, the bad: What I did NOT like was the handles. They're pretty badly designed. First, they make your hands sweaty--the plastic is kind of hard (some are foam or cork, which absorbs the sweat). Also, the piece that holds the loops to the handle easily rubs against your hand and causes blisters. It actually hurts after awhile.
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I borrowed my brother-in-law's Leki poles when doing a 2000 ft ascent hike a couple months ago and immediately found them to be invaluable in increased stability and reduced knee pain on the decent. He had poles with shock absorbers, but he also hiked the AT (yes, the whole thing), so I didn't think that would be necessary for me since my trips would be anywhere from day trips to a couple weeks long... not 6 months! I can see where that could be advantageous for something that long to help protect your wrists, elbows and shoulders from the prolonged use.

Since I decided I could settle on some basic poles without shocks, the real decisions came down to how they lock and the grips. I decided on these poles mainly because of the flick locks because its easy to see when it's engaged and if by chance it does start to slip, there is an adjustable screw to tighten them up. They are also easier to operate with gloves on. The grips felt comfortable in my hand and felt to be of a quality material that wouldn't start pitting on me after some use. The only thing that I think I may want to upgrade for in the future is a cork grip. I'll have to wait and see how my summer hikes go and see how sweaty my palms get to see if it's worth the cost.

Since buying these poles, I also aquired a pair of Hikker HP-5 Anti-shock Hiking Pole, 2-pack, so I have been able to compare these to an off brand pole with more supposed features and I still prefer these poles. Search for my review under those poles for a more detailed comparative review between the two.
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Bought these to phase out my old komperdell circa poles, which have served me for 9 years. The pole is almost everything it claims to be, light and strong, great for trekking pole tarp tents. Great quality and strong construction. The grips did well with sweaty hands but they picked up a funky scent after the second hike. Washing does away with it but it keeps coming back.

Comparatively, they feel about as heavy as my old poles, but the grips are more comfortable on the trail backs than on the circas. They come with trekking baskets on, and snow baskets attached which is a nice bonus. The packaging could be better, it's not built for mailing.

Couple of things black diamond could've done better:

The straps: too thin. Could be thicker. Not a big issue.

The locking mechanism: i bought these to try flicklocks, and well, i'm not a fan of the flicklock now. Granted it's a tiny little bit easier than twistlocks when you're wearing gloves, but i don't find their locking power any better over twistlock and all the locks are is bulk that i can do without.

Gave them away as a pseudo present for my dad.
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