Black Diamond Trail Back Hiking Poles
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- Rubber grip with nylon webbing strap
- Double FlickLocks
- Long Flex Tips, low-profile Trekking Baskets and Powder Baskets
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|Item Dimensions||3 x 5 x 25 inches|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Model Name||Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Pole|
|Shipping Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've used these poles twice on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and they worked well. My only complaint is that one of the clamps that sets the pole length slips somewhat... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack Quinn
They are ok. Added support when going down steep grades and other terrain.Published 7 months ago by Jess King
Lightweight and tough. Great adjustments that don't slip, ever. I've put mine through heavy use. I did end up bending the lower half of one, but it wasn't the pole's fault. Read morePublished 9 months ago by David L Johnson
Easy to adjust. Sturdy. Works great for backpacking. Folds down for easy storage.Published 15 months ago by Keith F
Have used them all over the country for the past 2 years! Work great!Published 16 months ago by Joseph A. Betcher
Great for slashing down spider webs on the trail head and held up good for hiking though I lost one on a trip.Published 16 months ago by Steven David Solis