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BD Ultra Distance Trekking Poles Rock!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

In the past, to keep my gear to a minimum, I swore off trekking poles. Unfortunately, my aging knees were taking a beating on alpine backpack trips. Last year I broke down and bought a set of Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles and I'm a trekking pole convert! I'm nearly 6' tall and went with the 120cm version. For me, the 120cm length feels great on ups, downs and levels. These are non-adjustable poles but that feature has not been an issue. In fact, not fiddling with length adjustments is probably an asset. On varying terrain, I simply adjust my grip between the "choke down" position (uphill), my palm on the top of the grip (downhill) and standard grip (level). These poles break down and deploy with ease and the light weight (9.95 oz for my pair) makes for a sweet benefit/cost ratio. The carbon fiber construction does require some TLC - a small tradeoff for (one of) the lightest trekking poles on the market. Highly recommended.

Pic shows Black Diamond's UDTP's in use at 11,800' in Colorado's Mt of the Holy Cross Wilderness.

BD Ultra Distance Trekking Poles Rock!