Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Trekking Poles
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- Premium cork grip with dual-density top and adjustable 360-degree sewn strap
- Non-slip EVA foam grip extension
- 3 section 100% carbon fiber shaft
- Dual Flick Lock Pro adjustability
- Interchangeable carbide tech tips, low profile trekking baskets and powder baskets
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A highly versatile, fully adjustable four-season pole built with premium materials, the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Trekking Pole handles alpine backpacking routes, mid-winter expeditions, and far-flung treks with ease. Three 100% carbon fiber shafts offer quick and secure length changes, thanks to dual FlickLock Pro adjustability. The comfortable wicking cork grip features a durable padded wrist strap and a non-slip EVA extension for quick choke-ups on steep terrain. Two kinds of baskets and interchangeable Tech Tips allow you to switch between carbide and rubber tips to account for changing trail surfaces.
Color: Carbon Cork | Size: One Size
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While hiking five different trails in four Florida State Forests this past weekend, I slightly lost my balance on the side of a hill and caught myself with my trekking pole. I was pleasantly surprised with how sturdy the pole felt, how much more sure my plant was, and my recovery, versus the previous anti-shock pole. I absolutely LOVE these trekking poles!
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They're not the lightest poles on the market (though they're extremely light), but if you need trekking poles, and you want them to be collapsible, these are the ones to get.
According to Black Diamond, they had a supply chain issue, and the Carbon Cork trekking poles with "Flick Lock Pro" locking mechanisms were shipped in limited quantities only to REI. During this time, other sellers like Amazon and Black Diamond themselves stocked a version with inferior plastic flick locks which according to Amazon reviews were plagued with issues. The issue has apparently been fixed, and I'm so glad I waited - the metal flick locks on this model are superior.
Do yourself a favor and don't go with twist lock poles - the locking mechanism just doesn't work as well and they'll slip on you. A readjustment every once in awhile to get them back to the height you want them might seem OK, but at the end of the day you're trusting these things to support your weight and slippage from inferior locking mechanisms is a safety issue (not to mention how difficult they can be to adjust with sweaty hands). To me, it's worth spending the extra coin for flick locks, and these poles are the best on the market.
This pair of poles weighs 1lb 2.6oz on my kitchen scale, which is a small weight price to pay if you're somebody who needs (due to bad knees) or likes (due to them making you feel more like a four-legged animal on the trail) trekking poles. Worth the buy.
Mine hardly flex at all. I compared several brands and models at REI when I picked mine up, and these, to me, had a combination of light weight
and lack of flex that the others did not have.
Pricey, yes. But I, too feel these poles are the best on the market, and quality costs a little extra typically.
If I were to lose these somehow, I would buy another pair of the exact same ones. They are that good.