700+ Miles Logged and Counting
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought these in Hanover, NH before entering the White Mountains and hiking the final two states of the Appalachian Trail. These poles last through the two toughest states on the trail, AND I've been logging 10-20 miles per weekend hiking, fast-packing, and peak-bagging in New Mexico for the past six months.
These poles worked well for setting up my tent, keeping me balanced, and moving fast and sure. I've used four different types of poles in my journeys and Black Diamond is my go-to brand. The shape of these poles seems stronger, as I haven't bent them at all even after 700+ miles. The tips bent shortly after getting them, but they haven't broken and they are still in place, so only dock one star there.
The straps are nice, soft, and secure on your wrists, the latch system is easy to operate, the grip itself is not too slippery or gunky, and the weight is reliable.