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Lightweight performance every season of year.

From sun-drenched deserts to powder-filled backcountry bowls, trust the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole for reliable performance every season of the year. The 100% carbon fiber construction keeps the weight to a minimum, and the natural cork grip wicks away moisture for a slip-free hold on steep, exposed terrain.

  • 100% carbon fiber construction provides a low weight of just over a pound per pair
  • FlickLock Pro adjustment system is fast, secure, and reliable
  • Natural cork grip has a dual-density top and Nubuck leather straps for a slip-free hold and all-day comfort
  • EVA mini-grip extension allows you to quickly choke-up on the pole on steep sections of trail
  • Includes Flex Tech carbide tips
  • Includes Trekking Baskets and Compactor Powder Baskets for summer and winter performance

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I am 6' 4". Would these poles be long enough?

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I am 6'2" and when I extend both sections to 130 cm my forearms are parallel to the ground and in a comfortable position. There is approximately 1" additional extension in both sections for 2" extension over my setup. I would think these would work for you.

5 5

Super lightweight and comfy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Another key product for my 6 month jaunt through South America last year! I started off the trip without poles because the airline lost my checked baggage. I went on one long, steep, treacherous, knee splitting hike to Paso del Viento en El Chalten and I knew that I needed those friggin poles! Once the airline got my bags to me I ripped the poles out of my bag and never stopped using them. Before then I'd never used poles before and now I totally appreciate how helpful they are during long hikes when you need to carry a heavy pack. They are really light too so my arms and wrists never felt weighed down. Lastly, these things can take a beating they never failed me throughout 6 months of hiking up and down rocky slopes.

Super lightweight and comfy
5 5

Comfortable and durable poles

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Upgraded to these last year after an old pair of poles bit the dust. Am really impressed with the shock absorption and the overall comfort of the handles. I've used them on scrambles and long 20+ mile hikes. The padding below the handles is helpful if going up a steep embankment. The curve on top of the handle is also handy when using them to set up a tarp.

Only "minor" gripe is having the lower extension extended for the locking mechanism to work, but it's still a 5 star product. Really easy to close them down while on the move if needed.

4 5

Pretty good trekking poles.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love how they don't weigh much. The cork does well on the poles especially when sweating on the trail. No grip loss at all. The only complaint I have is the rubber tips you can buy for these poles don't stay on. I have lost two sets of the rubber feet. I guess I am going to have too glue them on next time or just not buy them anymore.

Winter Ascent of Mt Colden

Winter Ascent of Mt Colden

Steep winter ascent of Mt Colden in New York's Adirondacks.

4 5

Great backcountry poles.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used these a couple times now and feel I can highly recommend. Lightweight and corked handles are great for long treks in the backcountry. My only gripe is that the lower extension can be pushed in all the way because it is too thin near the tip (you have to have the lower extension extended about 6" in order for the locking mechanisms to work. Other than that, the straps are quality and the ability to shorten the poles is money for steep up hill climbs.

5 5

bulletproof

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have abused these things and they're all scratched up and beat up, but they don't show any signs of slowing down. I've used these for camera tripods (with the addition of a string), trekking poles, ski poles, and as the poles for my ultralight shelter (tarps, mids, and tents). Yup, there are cheaper options out there, but these are so well designed and hold up to some serious abuse. I would have thought these would have snapped several times with the stress I've put on them, but they're robust.

The carbide tips rock. From granite, sandstone, snow, ice, dirt, these tips have fantastic grip and haven't worn down despite hundreds of miles of use. I love thees trekking poles and I already bought a second pair in the unlikely event that I break mine someday.

4 5

Replacements for FL Distance model

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bought a pair of these to replace a pair of Distance FL Poles that snapped during a snow-laden hike(had a love/hate relationship with those - subject of another review). Since I rarely used then in the stored configuration, I was mostly enamored with the low weight, especially the felt "swing" weight as the tips are moved around for placement. These are much sturdier, and spec'd at only a bit more - 17.2 ounces vs. 16 for the FL. Alas, disappointment on the weight - mine weighted 19 ounces (yes, I always verify weight). Corresponded with the BD folks and lo, and behold, their inventory also weighed 19 ounces. So the stated weight is indeed incorrect and verified as such by BD staff (although published specs have not changed). Keeping them, but giving up at least one star in the review for that. May not have bought them had I known. Frustrating, I must say, that at this rather lofty price one of the key parameters was misstated. So weight-conscious buyers (probably all for this product) be informed. Compensated somewhat by lengthening the bottom section and shortening the top - helps with felt "swing" weight, but not overall weight. Otherwise . . . great poles given the weight issue.

5 5

Buying a second pair .

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had these for 3 years , and they are the best available . Someone stole them from me while hiking to half dome . The new flicklock pro looks even better than the origional , which worked very nicely . They are incredibly strong . Don't know how one poster managed to break one , I have never been able to , and I have abused them terribly !

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Dido, I have two pairs as well and the new locking mechanism is impressive. The original never failed on me though. One would have to TRY to break one in order to accomplish just that. I have beat on these things and they just ask for more. Be confident in your purchase, these things rock.

4 5

Looking forward to playing with these

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I researched trekking poles and decided that the cork grip and carbon fiber combo would more than cover my usage needs. These are a great feel in my hands, and I can't wait to put them out through some more tests.

2 5

Broke one

Got my husband a pair of these, he broke one and it's shattered. Is there a warranty?

Broke one
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Yes most certainly. Backcountry is one of the best in the business at accepting returns for ANY reason whatsoever no questions asked. A great country to do business with. That is, if you purchased said item from them.

5 5

#1 Trekking poles

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These babies simply are the best. Ultra-light, durable, adjustable, and comfortable.

Cork handles are comfortable and don't induce sweaty palms. Should your hands or poles be damp, the cork still provides positive grip keeping your hands on the poles where needed. Carbon shafts are strong and durable enough to put some serious weight on should you need too. The locking adjusters are positive in locking, meaning they stay put despite leverage being placed upon them. Black Diamond really did a good job with the locking mechanism. This is what initially drew me to these poles and I haven't been let down.

Steel tip is durable, but to minimize environmental impact I'm often using the rubber tips unless I'm on ice. Optional snow skirts are nice as well and increase versatility.

Lots of miles on these and other than some scrapes/scratches they're as dependable as they were on day 1.

Great product!

5 5

Secure Comfort

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these poles on the extremely steep trail up to and down from the ridge above the "M" in Bozeman, MT. The wrist straps are extremely comfortable in all situations, relieving the numbness in my hands experienced with other straps. I bought these poles primarily for ease of length adjustment in cold weather. These poles get five stars from this user!

An exciting photo of trekking poles.

An exciting photo of trekking poles.

Amazing aint they? Honestly there are some odditys to the straps -- specifically where the notch of your hand bears down on them, but they are nonetheless very comfortable. I have about 40 miles of hard climbing and descending on them (without gloves) and they have been great and show no signs of wear..

how does the cork hold up to repeated...

how does the cork hold up to repeated winter use/abuse? in terms of impacts/abrasions as well as temp/precip

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Cork does really well in the cold, that's why they use it. It helps insulate your from the cold. As far as durability goes is a great material as well. It's not going to be quite as durable as a regular plastic grip but it will insulate better

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i've used mine skiing inand out of bounds and it works great. i got the cork specifically for hiking with sweaty hands, but it works fine in the winter too. i wouldn't say it's better or worse than standard handles for winter use. only thing is that little chunks for cork will break off from direct impacts, so don't crash into rocks (good rule of thumb anyway)