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Trekking to base camp
Climbing in Si Chuan to Summit Mount Da Feng In Chengdu China.
I scored these guys off of SAC and right out of the box they seem to be good to go! The construction appears to be solid and how could you go wrong with carbon fiber? I have yet to take these on a serious trek but will update this posting when I get some more miles on them.
Good as they said they would be!
After reading a number of reviews on thes trekking poles decided to take the plunge and invest in a set. Best thing I ever did. I have been developing back and knee problems over the past couple of years and was concerned that my walking days were numbered. With these light weight poles I reckon I will have years in me yet (once I sort the back problems). They take the stress of the knees when going down hill and are an absolute bonus when tackling the up hill climbs.
Don't think I could walk without them now. Good for both desert and alpine conditions and also easy to store nd clean
Nice poles, for a little while.
I bought these poles about 8 months ago after my friend borrowed and broke my BD carbon poles with the foam handles.
Figured this was a perfect time to upgrade to the cork handle version since the foam handles were turning my hands black.
Everything was fine with the new poles till last weekend when one of the poles fell out of my hands and the handle hit a rock on the ground (just tipped over not a fall off of a cliff or anything) when I picked it up I found a piece of the cork about the size of a dime broke away exposing the pole below. Using the pole the rest of the day both grips started disintegrate bit by bit as individual grains of the cork started coming off in my hands. Which is too bad because until this I loved the poles.
Pros: fairly light and strong
they collapse well and are very compact
clamping mechanism has never slipped and is easy to use with gloves on
Cons: handle durability isnt that great
They aren't as light as other carbon poles (but yes they have been very sturdy)
These things are wicked light but seem to be strong as well. Time will tell but so far so good. No issues at all. I only had to loosen the flicklocks somewhat (they were way tight) and still have no slippage at all. Now if you are gear-heavy you may want to consider another pole. They are carbon and will break if subjected to heavy side loads, but so will aluminum. I,m happy with them for sure.
I've probably got something like 500 miles on these so far and they're still in good shape, though not as pretty as they once were because the shafts are a bit scratched up from rocks and brush.
The cork handles get more comfortable with age. I'm missing a small chunk from one where I took a spill and smashed it on a rock, but that has since smoothed out. The cork is a definite bonus over rubber or foam because it doesn't get slippery with sweat.
In my opinion, BD's FlickLock is far superior to the twist locks other manufacturers use. It seems like there is no way to break it.
The poles are light and sturdy. The carbon subdues the ringing you get with aluminum poles when striking rock. Also, it doesn't bend or dent like aluminum will.
The baskets are easy to change out, thanks to the treading on the tips.
I've had to replace the tips once (I wore both tips out on the John Muir Trail last summer). Replacing the tips was easy once I got back. It might be a good idea to carry a spare tip on really long hikes, just in case, because the poles aren't nearly as effective without the carbide tips.
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Pole
These poles are comfy and sexy. Always been a fan of carbon fiber and love how cork feels in my hands(cheap foam be gone!!). Be cautious though as the cork can chip if tossed onto rocks. Foam extensions below the hand grips make winter rock scrambles warm(not grabbing the cold pole) and are a nice touch. After having my twist locks repeatedly loosen while snowshoeing or freezing, the flick locks on these are very nice to use. The carbon does scratch, but so does the paint/anodizing on other poles. I haven't noticed the "vibrations" that I have read about on other site's reviews that make people tired. For buddies who have borrowed these, they simply say "wow".
As a bonus, snow baskets are included.
Got these, use these, love these. However I should caution... compare the weight of these to other trekking poles because you're not gaining any weight savings by buying carbon. The only reason I bought carbon is because I want to know I have some of the best gear I can get.
I won't trek without 'em
These poles have performed very well for me. I have put them to the test on everything from scree to snow, dirt trails to grassy meadows. They are both light and sturdy and collapse very small.
Angels Landing, Zion NP, UT
Would the Carbon Fiber body and the...
Would the Carbon Fiber body and the connections stand up to a hard spill when skiing? My aluminum ski poles have a bend but dont break approach to this situation, how would these handle it?
I had a pair of BD fiberglass ski poles that help up well as long as they didn't get too involved with the edges of skis (think scissors). The bend a flex a little more then aluminum poles in my experience but as long as aren't running into anything other than snow they should be fine. Had one get cut clean in two by a buddy trying to spray me while I had a pole planted. For 90% of inbound skiing I use aluminum.
I can't speak to how they would perform specifically in a skiing situation, but I have hiked countless miles behind my buddy who uses these exact poles and I have seen him almost bite it several times where one or both of these poles has caught all of his weight and then supported it with no problems.
I'm sure it is possible to snap one of these in a hard and awkward skiing fall, as I have snapped a solid aluminum skiing pole in such a fall, but I would imagine that these would hold up as well if not better than most poles out there.
Do these collapse for travel?
Do these collapse for travel?
These poles collapse at two points to a length of about 25 inches.
Good to go
Good pole. very light. The grip is good even when you are sweaty. I like the clips that you adjust them with.
They are lightweight and strong. Very easy to adjust. Ive read reviews where people complain that they vibrate too much and makes them tired, but on all the rocks Ive been on..Ive never experienced this problem. Ive lost my balance once or twice and put all my weight on them and they didn't flinch. The only negative is I slipped on a rock and wiped out going down a mountain. I ended up scratching off some cork on the handle and cutting the foam grip thats under the cork. The carbon fiber seems to get scratched easily and can actually be cut. Bottom line is that on sharp rocks they can be some what fragile...but that could be expected I guess. Also my hands tend to sweat a little, and I don't know if it's the cork that causes it or if owning the foam hand grips would be the same story since these are my first trekking poles. Regardless...I think they are a great product!
Could I use these for both hiking and...
Could I use these for both hiking and backcountry skiing?
Sure. You can swap the baskets between the spring baskets (maybe 1.5" in diameter) and the larger snowflake baskets when you're in the snow.